Visa refusals for international students

UOW recognises the recent (September and October 2022) increase in visa refusals has been a source of frustration for many of our international applicants and current students.

UOW’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Frino, recently met with the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to discuss the current refusal rates and the impacts on students and UOW's agent partners. DOHA has assured the University that increased refusal rates are not isolated to UOW. High rejection rates have been witnessed across the sector and are primarily a result of a change to DOHA processes.

To ensure students are given proper consideration, UOW will review all recent visa refusal cases and invite eligible students to supply a revised Statement of Purpose (SOP) and a copy of their visa refusal notice. This information may be used to reissue a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) allowing eligible students to reapply for an Australian student visa.

Visa applicants are also strongly encouraged to follow DOHA’s recent advice, including ensuring completeness of all application components and responding to all requests for information (RFI) from the Department promptly. We remind students that UOW is unable to provide individual advice on visa application cases. Students and agents can find more information for students about visas on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Fortunately, recent weeks have seen an increase in visa grants for UOW applicants. UOW will continue to work with the sector and Government to advocate for international students who have chosen UOW. We look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of international students to our Australian campuses in the coming intakes.