LATE LODGEMENT OF STUDENT VISAS

Recently the Department has noted a high volume of student visa applications that have been lodged within days of the course commence date.

This includes some cases where the CoE has been issued within two days of course commencement. The Department note that processing delays may occur if an application is not lodged at least six weeks prior to course commencement and the application is ‘complete’ minimising processing delays.

A complete application means that all the questions in the form are answered correctly including questions relating to previous travel, visa refusals and cancellations (for other countries) for both the applicant and their family members. The required health and character checks must also have been completed before the application is lodged, and all relevant documentation uploaded at the time the application is lodged.

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