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Review of the Student Visa Program

Written By Madalina Philips
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
Madalina Philips

A simplified international student visa framework (SSVF) has been announced by the Australian government on 16 June 2015.

The SSVF will replace both the Streamlined Visa Processing arrangements and the current Assessment Level Framework and will apply to all international students.

Key changes under the SSVF are:

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

It will lay out a student’s financial and English language evidentiary requirements based on two things: the immigration profile of the student’s country of citizenship and of their education provider.

The new system will come into place after June 2016.

The overall integrity of the student visa programme will be maintained, and the improved regulatory arrangements will avoid placing unnecessary burden or cost on education providers.

A working group with international education sector stakeholders is being formed to guide implementation of the new framework on the expiry of SVP arrangements on 30 June 2016.

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