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Watch out for the series of changes recently announced by the Australian Government to the current Student Visa Process, which has gone live as of 1st July 2016.
Overview of key changes – from 1 July 2016
The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) has come into effect as of 1 July 2016. The SSVF has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reduce red tape.
Single immigration risk framework—English and financial requirements
A single immigration risk framework applies to all international students and replaces the previous streamlined visa processing and Assessment Level frameworks.
Streamlined evidentiary requirements
Under the SSVF, students associated with the lowest immigration risk will generally have streamlined evidentiary requirements.
This means that these students will generally be able to satisfy us of their financial capacity by providing a declaration and a Confirmation of Enrolment which shows that they have met their education provider’s English language requirements.
Under the SSVF, all student visa applicants must have sufficient funds available for the duration of their stay in Australia. Students associated with higher immigration risk, based on their country and education provider immigration risk outcomes, will generally need to provide documentary evidence of financial capacity with their visa application.
Living cost amounts
From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost will be:
- Student/guardian - AUD 19,830
- Partner/spouse - AUD 6,940
- Child - AUD 2,970.
International English language requirements
Where evidence of English language proficiency is required, an IELTS language test scores will be accepted:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.5
- IELTS overall band score of 5 when packaged with at least 10 weeks' English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
- IELTS overall band score of 4.5 when packaged with at least 20 weeks' ELICOS.
Evidence of enrolment
International students outside Australia must be enrolled in a registered course of study and provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) when they lodge their Student visa application.
Source - DIBP Website; https://www.border.gov.au/