Student Visa processing can be really exhausting and frustrating, irrespective of whether it’s your first time or you’ve been through the process before. Either you’re applying for a new visa or you need an extension, either way, you need to file a request for a new visa through the same process. Before going through the process of applying for a Student visa extension onshore, let’s go through the situations in which you’d need to extend your visa.
Situations in which you need to apply for Student Visa
- You changed your course of study or you got admission into a new course of study.
- Your visa was canceled by the department of immigration.
- Your current student visa expires before the completion date of your course.
- Your research candidacy has been extended for some reason.
- Your research thesis has been submitted but the date of its result is after the date of expiration of your visa.
Choosing the Course for Visa Extension
There’s no general answer to this question. To get complete guidance on the selection of course for visa extension, consult Think Higher consultants who are aware of all the details of the process. There are a number of factors that decide this selection such as your future plans and your interests. So, discussion with a consultant could really save you time.
What is the right time to file a request for Visa
If your visa is expiring or there’s any other situation in which you need an extension of your visa while keeping your course of study unchanged, in such a case, you need to file a request for a new visa at least 3 months before the expiration date of your current visa. However, if you’re changing the course of study in Australia then, in that case, you need to apply for a new visa immediately as your visa is linked with the course of study you’re applying for so if you change your course of study, you need a new visa. It is also possible that you might not need to apply for a new visa if you’re changing course so to get complete guidance on whether you need to apply for a new visa or not, it’s best to call Think Higher consultants where we’ll guide you with your best interest in heart.
Applying for a visa extension
First of all, if you’re applying for a visa extension i.e. you currently have a visa but you’re applying for a new one, you need to make sure your current visa does not say, “No further stay”. In such a case, contact a consultant to know your options.
Usually, it is recommended to apply for the visa before your current visa expires since living with an expired visa makes your stay illegal in the country. However, in some cases, the department of immigration may allow you to stay in the country for up to 28 days after the expiration of the visa.
If you’re living in Australia and you apply for a new visa to extend your stay, you’re automatically granted a Bridging Visa A (BVA), which expires after the decision of your second visa. If you received the decision of your second visa before the expiration of your first visa then you are not issued any bridging visa.
If, during the BVA visa period, you need to travel outside Australia then in such a scenario, you need to apply for BVB before leaving Australia. If you leave Australia without BVB then you might not be allowed back into the country.
The whole visa process can be really confusing and frustrating so to save yourself from the hustle and panic, make a list of the tasks.
- First of all, organize a new CoE which usually takes up to several days so get done with it first.
- Extend your OSHC.
- Start preparing a GTE(Genuine Temporary Stay) letter.
- Submit an application for a student visa
- Wait for the result. If you got the visa, congratulations! If not, do not be disheartened. Call us. There’s always a way and we will help you find it.
In Incase Visa is refused
Sometimes, the department of immigration requires more information than you have already provided. In such a case, they mail you with “IMMI s56 Request for more information”. Replying to this mail is a sensitive part so it’s highly suggested that you consult a consultant to help you respond in the right matter. Our experts have handled many cases like this so feel free to contact us for this or any other kind of issue.
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