The National Code standard 7 does not allow a registered provider to knowingly enrol an overseas student seeking to transfer from another registered provider’s program prior to the overseas student completing six months of his or her principal program, except where any of the following apply:
- the releasing registered provider, or the program in which the overseas student is enrolled, has ceased to be registered
- the releasing registered provider has had a sanction imposed on its registration by the ESOS agency that prevents the overseas student from continuing his or her program at that registered provider
- the releasing registered provider has agreed to the overseas student’s release and recorded the date of effect and reason for release in PRISMS
- any government sponsor of the overseas student considers the change to be in the overseas student’s best interests and has provided written support for the change.
The above standard requires student visa holders to complete 6 calendar months study in their principal program before they are eligible for a release letter.
The Bond University Overseas Student Transfer Policy provides information relating to student visa holder requests for a release letter prior to the completion of 6 calendar months study in the principal program.
Where a student visa holder lodges a full and complete release letter application to the Student Assist a relevant officer will conduct a review and provide an outcome in writing within 14 semester days from the date of lodgement.
The relevant officer may request further documents or evidence from the applicant, which may extend an outcome timeframe. An applicant may request a stay on an outcome decision in order to gather and provide further evidence or documentation for the application.