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Non-Australian passport (with Australian Visa)

Non-Australian citizens intending to study in Australia require a visa issued by the Australian Government. The visa must be current and valid, and you must land in Australia and pass through customs before you can use your non-Australian passport and visa as a form of ID to create a USI.

If you have not been issued with an Australian Visa, you will not be able to use your non-Australian passport.

If you are not in Australia, please contact your education or training Provider and let them know you will provide a USI when you arrive. 

When selecting a Non-Australian passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID when creating your USI:

  • enter your non-Australian passport number
  • enter your name details exactly as they appear on your visa grant notice
  • if you have an accent (diacritic) in your name, refer to the bottom of your passport to see how this has been interpreted (eg ä may be interpreted to read 'ae'). Enter your name as it appears in the passport interpretation.

The following details on the non-Australian passport must match in order to verify in the USI Registry System:

  • family name
  • given name(s)
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • country of passport.

New Zealand students

Students from New Zealand cannot use their New Zealand passport as a form of ID to create a USI until they land in Australia and go through customs.

Example non-Australian passport: People’s Republic of China

An examples of a Chinese passport

Hong Kong passports

If you have a Hong Kong passport, you may have to select the country of issue as China if your details are not verifying.


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If you need help, please call us on 1300 857 536 or from outside on Australia +61 2 6240 8740. Our contact centre is open between 8:30am-6.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time), Monday to Friday (excluding national and South Australian public holidays).


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Last Modified on Tuesday 19th March 2024 [207]