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New Student Visa System in Australia for 2016

Australia has adopted a new student visa processing system that might make life a little easier for future students and higher education providers. The proposed new process, called, the simplified student visa framework (SSVF), will launch in July 2016 replacing the streamlined visa processing (SVP), which has been used since 2012.

The changes are great news for international students in that it will make the process of applying for a student visa simpler. In a nutshell, the changes will mean:

• A reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
• the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students

The changes come as the international education sector recorded strong growth, providing an export boost to offset the slump in the resources industry. Figures provided by the Department for Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) show that intake of new students is at its highest level ever in the March quarter, 11.5 per cent above 2014.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced the new changes in June this year saying, “Australia is open for business and welcomes genuine and high quality international students who provide a much-needed boost to our economy, our local communities and jobs, and who boost our country-to-country relationships.”

“After coming to office the Government moved immediately to improve competitiveness and it is pleasing to see growth in international student enrolments in Australia has resumed.”

Australia’s student visa system is currently so complex that colleges attending education fairs end up spending half their time explaining the visa system instead of talking about the quality of education.

Under the new system, students applying to all education providers will be assessed for visa risk under a single framework. It will be based on the country they come from and the immigration compliance record of other students who have studied at that particular education provider. A student’s financial and English language requirements will be based on the immigration profile of their country and of their chosen education provider.

Universities welcomed the new system. “The new simplified student visa process will boost equity and support an environment where high quality and low risk providers can prosper,” Universities Australia deputy CEO Anne-Marie Lansdown said.

 

Streamlined student visa processing

Under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements, eligible student visa applicants from participating universities and eligible non-university higher education providers are assessed as though they are a lower immigration risk, irrespective of their country of origin.

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you are not assigned an assessment level. This is because under the streamlined visa processing arrangements your student visa is assessed as though you are lower immigration risk.

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.

Eligibility

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for streamlined student visa processing:

  • At the time of making your student visa application, you must have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) with a university or non-university higher education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements for a:
    • Bachelor degree
    • Masters degree
    • Doctoral degree
    • Non-award university student exchange program
    • Non-award study abroad program.
  • If you enrol in a package of courses, all your preliminary courses must be at an education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements or a nominated educational business partner of that provider.
    Note: If you combine a non-award university student exchange or study abroad program course with any preliminary course(s) you will not be eligible for streamlined visa processing and will be assessed according to the applicable assessment level.

If you are sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Australian Department of Defence on a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector visa (subclass 576), you are not eligible for streamlined visa processing.

Participating providers processing arrangements

A list of universities and non-university higher education providers participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements and their nominated educational business partners is available.

Applying under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements

You can use Find a Visa for visa application lodgement information specific to your circumstances.

Documents to provide with your application

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa. To help you lodge a complete visa application, please use the visa application document checklist for the type of visa you intend to apply for.

We reserve the right to request additional information. You might need to provide additional documents or information to satisfy the genuine temporary entrant requirement.

 

 

   
 
 
 
 
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