The famous March 15 for students in Australia

Understand why many student visas expire on the 15th of March

We all know that many student visas expire on the 15th of March but have you ever asked yourself why?

There are some reasons for this and we will tell you everything below.

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If the period of your course is longer than 10 months and it finishes between November and December,  your visa automatically will expire on the 15th of March.

This means that you will have a longer period of holidays (yay!).

The Department of Immigration in Australia provides this information and it acts as a “bonus” for students that are studying for more than 40 weeks.

Another (possible) reason for many student visas expiring on the 15th of March is that between December and February is the summer season in Australia.

Meaning that is more appealing for tourism in Australia to have international students traveling around this period.


If you want to extend your visa, you cannot stay on holiday for longer than 8 weeks between the end of your current course and the beginning of another course.

So keep an eye out for the accurate date!

P.S.: To know the exact date of your course, check it on your CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment).

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Our team at Connection Australia is always ready to help you throughout the process before and after arriving in the land of kangaroos.

If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with us here.

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