Residency Status Change – International to Domestic

Have you recently become an Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand citizen?

If you are a commencing UNSW student who holds an international student visa and you are granted Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency (PR), or New Zealand citizenship you are required to notify UNSW within 7 days.

 

How and when do I notify the University?

You must complete and lodge a Change of Residency Status form  within 7 days of the date you are granted Australian or New Zealand citizenship or your Australian PR visa. Forms are also available at Student Central.

You should include with your application evidence of your change of residency status. The following documents will be accepted:

Australian or New Zealand passport

Australian or New Zealand citizenship certificate

Australian Permanent Resident visa label or a copy of your e-visa.

All documentation must be correctly certified as a true copy of the original. Letters confirming Permanent Residency or citizenship will not be accepted.


What happens next?

This depends on when your residency status changes and whether you are an Undergraduate or a Postgraduate student.

If your residency status change is dated prior to 1 January for Semester One commencement or 1 June for Semester Two commencement

Undergraduate

Your offer as an international fee-paying student will be withdrawn. You will need to apply for a Commonwealth Supported place via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) at www.uac.edu.au. See “How Do I Apply For A CSP?”.

Postgraduate

You will be transferred to a domestic fee-paying place.

If Commonwealth Supported places (CSP) are offered in your program you will need to apply for one of these in the next available intake. See “How Do I Apply For A CSP?”.

If your residency status change is dated on or after 1 January for Semester One commencement or 1 June for Semester Two commencement:

Undergraduate

You will be transferred to a domestic fee-paying place. To apply for a Commonwealth Supported place you will need to apply via UAC in the next intake of domestic students. See “How Do I Apply For A CSP?”.

Postgraduate

You will be transferred to a domestic fee-paying place.

If Commonwealth Supported places are offered in your program you will need to apply via UNSW’s Apply Online or, for a small number of programs, UAC Postgraduate in the next intake of domestic students. See “How Do I Apply For A CSP?”.


What is a Commonwealth Supported place (CSP) and am I eligible for one?

A Commonwealth Supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of your education.

Commonwealth Supported places are offered in all undergraduate programs and in a limited range of postgraduate coursework programs. Because CSP’s are limited, eligibility is not automatic and, like other domestic students, international students who receive Australian permanent residency are required to compete for a place based on merit.


How do I apply for a CSP?


Undergraduate Programs

You must apply for admission via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Final applications for Semester 1 close in early February each year and in mid-late June for Semester 2 each year. Further information about the UAC application procedure is available at www.uac.edu.au

Postgraduate Programs

Most postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW are fee-paying. A limited number of programs offer Commonwealth Supported places as outlined at my.unsw.edu.au/student/fees/CSPG.html

All applications are direct to UNSW via Apply Online except for the Juris Doctor, Master of Teaching (Secondary) and all programs offered by the School of Public Health and Community Medicine for which you must apply via UAC Postgraduate at www.uac.edu.au

Please note that only a small number of postgraduate programs offer CSPs and these places are limited. As a result, the likelihood of receiving a CSP in a Postgraduate program is relatively low.



What happens if I am successful in obtaining a CSP?

If you are successful in obtaining a Commonwealth Supported place you will be required to:

Complete a Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP by the relevant census date

Arrange payment of your student contribution.

Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens must pay their Student Contribution charges upfront. Only Australian citizens and holders of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa may elect to defer their Student Contribution payments.

Further Details on Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP are available at the Australian Government's Study Assist website at www.studyassist.gov.au


What happens if I am not successful in obtaining a CSP?

If you are not eligible for Commonwealth Supported or your program does not offer CSPs you must pay the domestic Tuition Fee upfront. Only Australian citizens and holders of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa are eligible to apply for FEE-HELP.

The current Tuition Fee Schedule can be found at: www.unsw.edu.au/fees