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Citizenship and residency changes

If you’re an international student who has just been granted permanent residency or a permanent resident who has now been granted citizenship, you’ll need to update your residency details and provide the necessary supporting documents.

You can request to make a change to your residency or citizenship status through Sydney Student (go to ‘My details’, then ‘Address & residency’).

Changes to your citizenship or residency status may affect your fee arrangements and eligibility for Commonwealth assistance and support. For your new status to apply to your enrolled units for a session, you'll need to submit your request and provide all supporting documents before the relevant census date

You need to notify us within 14 days of changing from:

  • any temporary visa (including a student visa) to Australian Permanent Resident Visa, Australian or New Zealand citizenship status
  • domestic to any temporary visa status.

Supporting documents

Once you have completed your request online you’ll need to bring in the required documents to the Student Centre to be cited by one of our staff.

New status

Document/s required

Australian citizen

Valid Australian passport or Australian citizenship certificate

New Zealand citizen

Valid New Zealand passport

Australian permanent resident or Permanent humanitarian visa holder

Passport and completed Notification of change of residency form (pdf, 97KB).

In the form you will be asked to give consent for us to verify your visa entitlements on Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you can’t attend in person you can post certified copies of the required documents as well as a completed Notification of change of residency form (pdf, 97KB) to:

HECS and Domestic Fees office
Student Centre
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, G02
University of Sydney NSW 2006

You’ll need to request a change to your residency/citizenship if you are:

  • a domestic student changing to an international status
  • an international student changing country of residency/citizenship
  • changing your visa type, eg, partner visa to student visa.

You'll need to upload the following required supporting documents during your request.

New status

Document/s required

New country of international residency/citizenship

Scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter. You may be asked to provide this in person.

Other (non-resident) – if you will not be living in Australia for the duration of your studies

Scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter (if applicable). You may be asked to provide this in person.

If you are a student visa holder completing your degree offshore you'll need to provide a confirmation letter from your faculty or school.

You’ll need to request a change to your visa type if you have changed your visa. For example, if you are:

  • a student visa holder changing to another type of temporary visa
  • temporary visa holder changing to a student visa.

You’ll need to provide a scanned copy of your passport photo page and visa grant notification letter. You may be asked to bring this in person.

What happens next?

You can see the progress of your request in Sydney Student and we’ll notify you here if it has been approved or if we require any further documents. Your new status will only be valid after you have provided the correct documents.

If documents are presented after the relevant census date, even if your residency/citizenship/visa was granted before this, your new status will only apply to following semesters/sessions and units of study.

If you’ve changed visas you should contact the Department of Home Affairs to find out how your new visa status will affect you.

Changes to your fee arrangements

International student granted permanent residency

In this situation you will change from an international student to a domestic student.

You’ll now need to pay student contributions that apply to Commonwealth supported students or Australian (domestic) student tuition fees, depending on the course you are studying. If you’re now a Commonwealth supported student you'll need to fill out the necessary government forms.

Permanent resident granted citizenship

If you are a permanent resident and you are granted Australian citizenship you may now be eligible for a HELP loan, which will change your fee options. You’ll need to fill out a new Commonwealth assistance form with your new liability status and chosen payment option.

See HECS-HELP for more information.

Scholarship holders

Changing your residency/citizenship or visa status may affect your scholarship. If you make any changes to your residency/citizenship or visa, you'll need to notify the Scholarships Office at

Student card and travel concession

Changing between international and domestic status will affect whether you’re eligible for a travel concession.

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Last updated: 29 March 2019

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