Student visa lodgement and processing arrangements in Queensland

From 1 January 2011 all student visa paper applications lodged by clients living in Queensland will be processed in a single location-the Queensland Student Visa Centre, located in Brisbane. Paper applications lodged at the department’s Cairns regional office or Gold Coast regional office after 1 January 2011 will be processed in Brisbane.

From 1 January 2011

Applications lodged by clients in Queensland using a paper visa application form (form 157A, form 157G, form 157N and form 157P) should be posted to:

Queensland Student Visa Centre

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

GPO Box 9984

Brisbane QLD 4001

Frequently asked questions-student visa lodgement and processing arrangements in Queensland

Where should I lodge my student visa application?

You can lodge a student visa application online. The online service provides easy and secure access for clients living in Australia. You can only lodge an online application if you hold a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

If you live in Queensland and choose to lodge a student visa application using a paper visa application form (form 157A or 157G or 157P) you should send your application directly to the Queensland Student Visa Centre. This will ensure there are no delays in the processing of the application.

Why lodge an application online?

The department has a range of online services which provide easy and secure access. The online service includes information on the visa options available for clients seeking to study in Australia. It also provides links to other organisations that may be able to provide support while you are studying in Australia.

While completing your application online, you will receive a message recommending that you register for the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service.

Does an online student visa application cost more than a paper application?

No. Online and paper student visa applications attract the same fee. Lodging online is simpler, faster and more convenient.

You should ensure that you lodge a complete visa application because a decision may be made based on the information you provide with your application. Attach any supporting documents when you are lodging your online application. Applications that are complete are likely to be processed more quickly.

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