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Citizenship and residency status changes

It is important that your correct citizenship and residency status be recorded as this will affect:

  • access and entitlement to Commonwealth support and Commonwealth assistance  
  • eligibility for and access to HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, SA-HELP and OS-HELP assistance  
  • fees calculated for your enrolment  

To check the status recorded for you, log on to MyCentre.  You can view your citizenship details in the Summary area of the ‘My Details’ section.

If the recorded citizenship status is incorrect, you will need to provide proof of citizenship/residency before any amendment can be made. Proof of citizenship/residency includes certified true and correct copies of any of the following documents:

  • an Australian birth certificate  
  • an Australian passport  
  • a citizenship certificate  
  • a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status issued by the Australian Department of Immigration (NOTE: these certificates are no longer issued)  
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) entitlement details issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection  
  • ImmiCard  
  • the title page and any Australian visa stamps from your passport  

If your status is incorrect, you should send proof of your citizenship/residency to Student Governance or mail to:

Student Governance
Building 2
CQUniversity
Rockhampton QLD 4702
Australia

Citizenship and residency status changes can affect the fees charged to your enrolment

Changing status from an international to a domestic full fee paying student  

Tuition Fees for domestic students are reviewed annually and can increase from year to year. You will be charged each term the rate applicable in that term. In some cases, you may pay more as a domestic student than the fees you were paying as an international student. In addition, you will become ineligible for any Scholarship awarded only to international students, e.g. the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship.    

Changing status from an international full fee paying to a domestic Commonwealth supported student  

Some students who change status from international to domestic may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported rather than a full fee paying place. Once you have provided proof of the change to your status your details will be updated and Student Governance will advise you of your options.    

Changing status from a permanent resident of Australia to a citizen  

Students who have attended a citizenship ceremony and who are in possession of their Australian citizenship certificate may be eligible for FEE-HELP, SA-HELP, OS-HELP, or HECS-HELP. Once you have provided proof of the change to your status your details will be updated and Student Governance will advise you of your options.    

Changing status from a New Zealand citizen to a permanent resident of Australia

Students who are New Zealand citizens and who become permanent residents of Australia must update their status with CQUniversity.  Some students will experience no impact as a result of this change.  Others, however, will be impacted.  For example, holders of the Special Category Visa (SCV) who were eligible for HELP assistance (HECS, FEE, SA, or OS-HELP) will no longer be eligible.