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Release for student visa holders

If you want to transfer to another education institution before completing six months of your principal course at the University of Sydney, you will need to request a release. 

You will not require a release if you have completed more than six months of your principal course.

If you are considering transferring to another Australian education provider, read our International Student Change of Provider Policy 2016 (pdf, 293KB).

If you have any questions, contact the ESOS Compliance team at


You can apply for a release if you:

  • have not yet completed six months of your principal course (your main course of study) at the University 
  • have an unconditional offer from another CRICOS-registered education institution.

You should be aware of the situations where a release will not be provided (pdf, 293KB).

How to apply

Complete the Request release form (pdf, 1.2MB) and attach the required supporting documents.

  • A typed and signed statement giving the reason(s) for your release application.
  • A copy of your updated unconditional offer from your new CRICOS-registered education institution.
  • A copy of your passport.

You will also need to provide:

  • a student statement signed by your parent, legal guardian
  • confirmation from your parent or legal guardian supporting your transfer
  • a completed Release form signed by your parent or legal guardian
  • confirmation that your new education institution accepts responsibility for approving your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements. 

If you have received a packaged offer from CET or USFP, you will need to attach your transcript, attendance certificate and/or completion certificate.

What happens next

Your application will be assessed within 10 working days. If your application meets the requirements, we will provide you with a release. 

If your application is not successful, we will outline reasons for this decision in writing.

Application for Release Form

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Last updated: 07 January 2020

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