International students are granted student visas for Australia by the DIAC or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship generally grants visas only for CRICOS registered and full time courses.
Students looking to extend their period of stay in Australia must look into visa extension and be able to give out their reason for the same such as for a vacation, or for work, migration, or higher studies.
A Big IF!
A visa extension can only be done if your student visa
currently doesn’t have the ‘No Further Stay’ option!
In case you’re a student looking to further your stay due to higher studies or would like to take up a longer time for the assessment of your PhD thesis, then it’s required for you to go for a new student visa. After your existing visa expires, the new visa will be brought into effect after being granted to you.
Make sure to renew your student visa if:
• You haven’t yet completed your study program within the time frame
• You are about to start a new programme of study
• You haven’t submitted your thesis in case of a postgraduate research or PhD programme
Back for Graduation
If you’re graduating and just visiting to pick up your certificate or degree, then it’s best that you apply for a visitor visa. Generally, visitor visas are generally issued to tourists, business visits, professional trainees (opting for some work-related training), retirees (above the age of 55), those who transit through the country, patients looking to receive medical treatment, and event organisers.
If in case you are applying for visa renewal from outside Australia, you have to wait till your visa is granted before you head to Australia. In case you land in Australia on another visa before this is granted, you will have to start over and apply fresh for the visa again.
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