International students in Australia
If you are training international students studying in Australia, your students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) from 1 January 2015.
All international students in Australia will have been issued with an Australian Visa. These students are allowed to use their passports as their form of ID when creating their USI as their visa is linked to their passport number. The Document Verification System (DVS) will only verify an International passport – with Australian visa once the student has arrived in Australia. This means the student will have to wait to create a USI until they have arrived in Australia.
International students studying offshore
An international student studying offshore who does not have a passport, and Australian entry visa will not require a USI in order to receive a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or statement of attainment. However, training providers will still be required to submit AVETMISS compliant data in respect of their offshore international students.
Australian students offshore
If you are an Australian training organisation and you are training Australian students who are currently offshore these students will need a USI. They can create a USI following the normal process.
New Zealand students
New Zealand passport holders intending to come to Australia to undertake a VET course cannot create a USI until they have entered Australia. Similarly, training organisations cannot create a USI on behalf of New Zealand passport holders until they have entered Australia. As New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter Australia there is no proof of their ID until their passport is recorded when they enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders studying offshore are like other international students studying offshore and do not require a USI.
Information about the USI is available for students in other languages.