Applying for a visa



Once you have received a letter of offer from us, you will need to make an initial payment in order to receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

You can then use the COE to apply for your student visa directly through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

You can submit a visa application yourself or get help from a registered migration agent.

Most international students require a student visa to study in Australia.

If you have a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for a course or program, you can apply through normal processing arrangements.

If you are holding an Australian temporary visa (other than a student visa) you may not need to apply for a student visa.

Check the study entitlements on your visa with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Student visa conditions are available on the DIBP website.

Applying outside Australia


If you lodge an application outside Australia, you must wait until your visa is granted before travelling to Australia.

If you travel to Australia on another visa before your application is finalised, you will need to lodge a new application in Australia (if eligible) and pay another visa application charge.

Applying in Australia


To apply for a student visa inside Australia, you must hold an eligible visa. Some visas (e.g. Class UR Business Skills visa and the 462 Work and Holiday visa) are not eligible visas.

In addition, only students who are subject to Assessment Level 1 can apply for their first student visa in Australia.

Others can only do so if there are exceptional circumstances.

Check your assessment level here.

Normal visa processing arrangements



DIBP will assess your student visa application against the Assessment Level criteria that is determined by your country of passport.

The higher your Assessment Level, the more evidence is required for the grant of visa.

If you intend to undertake more than one course (packaged courses), your visa application will be assessed for the subclass that corresponds with your principal course of study (the last course) and the highest Assessment Level of your course package.

When and how to apply



You can apply for a student visa as soon as you have received an offer of a place or a COE from Chambers Institute.

Depending on which country you are from and where you are when you lodge your application, you can either apply online or via mail or lodge a paper application.

Student visa applications are assessed according to Assessment Levels.

The higher the Assessment Level, the more evidence is required for the grant of visa.

Your Assessment Level is determined by your student visa subclass and country of passport.

If you intend to undertake more than one course (packaged courses), your visa application will be assessed for the subclass that corresponds with your principal course of study (the last course) and the highest Assessment Level of your course package.

How long does it take to process my visa?



Application processing times vary depending on assessment levels.

The average times for visa lodged outside Australia are:

Assessment Level 1 and 2 = 3 weeks

Assessment Level 3 and 4 =  3 months

Please note, visa processing can take longer in peak periods.

For more information about the normal visa processing arrangements and visa requirements, refer to the DIBP Student Visa Chooser.