Exchange students must declare every citizenship

Update your application forms to ask students about all citizenships they hold.Approved student exchange organisations (SEOs) should make sure their exchange program application forms ask for every citizenship held by the student.

To be sure that student visa requirements are met, it’s important that SEOs know what passports exchange students will use to travel during the program.

Students living overseas who hold Australian citizenship cannot participate in secondary student exchange programs to Australia.

Exchange students outbound from Australia who have Australian citizenship must travel as an Australian citizen only, and only use their Australian passport for exiting and entering Australia.

If an outbound exchange student is an Australian permanent resident (that is, not a citizen) the student must travel on the passport of the nationality under which they were granted their Australian permanent residence visa.

For more information about citizenship requirements for exchange program participation, see: