We are often approached by Students, 457 visa holders and 482 TSS visa holders who want to cancel a their visa for a number of reasons mainly because they have applied for a Permanent Visa. If you are looking to return home and probably not come back to Australia for good before your course ends, then you can might want to voluntarily cancel a student visa.
To cancel your voluntarily student visa, you will need to complete form 1194 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to:
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Superannuation Certification and Cancellation Team
GPO Box 1496
HOBART TAS 7001
It is recommended to only cancel your student visa once you have left Australia.
Generally speaking it can take roughly 3 – 5 weeks for the Department of Home Affairs to cancel your visa.
If you are planning to stay in Australia, cancelling your student visa many have it’s consequesnces.
If you wish to remain in Australia a better strategy might be to apply for another visa if you are eligible. Once your new visa is granted the Student visa will no longer be valid. However if you cancel your student visa without a new visa being granted, you will become unlawful in Australia. This could potentially give you problems applying for new visas in the future.
What happens if I stop studying and remain in Australia, but do not voluntarily cancel my student visa?
If you stop studying and remain in Australia, then there is a good chance that your school will contact Home Affairs and inform them that you are not studying or meeting the minimum attendance or performance requirements. The department will then send you a Notice of Intention to Cancel your Visa (NOICC). If you are not studying and meeting your course requirements in Australia and on a student visa, then you could potentially have your visa cancelled.