Australia Visa Process


If you are invited to attend an interview, you must attend on the date and time agreed with the department. If you do not, the department can make a decision based on the information you have already provided in your application.

Change in circumstances

If your circumstances change, such that an answer in your application or information given to the department is no longer correct, you must inform the department as soon as possible.

Important: Your visa may be cancelled if you give incorrect information or fail to advise the department that some information is no longer correct.

Examples of a change in circumstances include:

  • change of education providers
  • new passport
  • New member of your family
  • discovery of incorrect information in your application
  • change of address or contact details.

Visa decision

A decision on your application will be made based on the information you provide, your circumstances at the time the application is made, and the legal requirements which apply at that time. The application may be decided solely on the basis of information provided in this application.

If approved the department will send a Notification of Grant letter to your nominated postal or email address. It is recommended that you print this letter and keep it with you when you travel to and from Australia. This letter contains:

  • your Visa Grant Number
  • the validity date of your visa
  • the visa conditions.

If not approved the department will send you a notification letter advising you of:

  • the reasons for the refusal
  • your review rights
  • time limit for lodging an appeal.

Your rights for a review of the decision differ:

  • if you lodged in Australia, the refusal letter advises you of your review rights and the time limit for lodging an appeal
  • if you lodged outside Australia, you have no right for a review of the merits of the decision

Passport details

Your visa will be linked to the passport number you used in your application. You must use the same passport to travel to Australia. This passport should be valid for at least six months from the time of lodging the application.

Important: To avoid significant delays at your departure point for Australia, you must advise the department of new passport details before you travel to Australia.

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

If your visa is granted, the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service will allow you to check the following information relating to your visa:

  • details
  • entitlements
  • grant number
  • conditions

VEVO may also be used by government agencies to help assess your eligibility for Government services. The department will disclose information about your visa to registered Australian organisations only with your consent.


Application processing times

Application processing times vary and the time it takes to finalise an application is affected by a range of factors.

See: Student Visa Processing Times

Check the progress of your online application

Use your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to check the progress of your online application.

See: Check the progress of your online application

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