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More details on new Australian Student Visa classes – Student Visa Subclass 500 and Student Visa Guardian 590

More details on new Australian Student Visa classes – Student Visa Subclass 500 and Student Visa Guardian 590

*** Read our earlier article about the new Student Visa structure here. ***

The new student 500 and student guardian 590 will commence from 1 July 2016

Features to include:

Three features we can comment on:

1.       The applications will be all electronic.

2.       The financial capacity requirements will be slightly higher:

The financial capacity requirements will be slightly higher:

Student: $19,830

Student Guardian: $19,830

Spouse or de-facto partner of student: $6,940

Any dependent children: $2,970

Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)

The new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) will be influential in terms of the criteria for the student visa:

The DIBP website provides the following information:

“Under the SSVF, the combined immigration risk outcomes of the student’s education provider and country of citizenship will be used to guide the level of documentation relating to financial capacity and English language proficiency that the student would need to provide with their student visa application.”

The following chart if available from a factsheet for education providers:

“In the table S refers to streamlined evidentiary requirements while R refers to regular evidentiary requirements. Where regular evidentiary requirements apply the student will generally be required to provide evidence of their financial and English language capacity with their visa application.”

student visa chart

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

The shift to all electronic lodgements will be a major benefit to many applicants.  It will also allow the DIBP/DFAT to save money on staff costs.

We will provide more information about the specific requirements once they are available. In the meantime it is best that you submit your visa applications as early as possible to avoid any delays in starting your enrolled courses.

The simplification in visa classes and risk assessment criteria will be great for all involved.  The current system is very confusing and not user friendly at all.

This information is accurate on 07 May 2016

Sources:

1.     DIBP, SSVF factsheet- General information for education providers, May 2016

2.     Migration Institute of Australia, Reports to Members

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Australian Student Visas to be Reduced to TWO Subclasses in July 2016!

Australian Student Visas to be Reduced to TWO Subclasses in July 2016!

 

From 1 July 2016 the Australian student visa programme will be amended to having just two visa subclasses (currently there are EIGHT subclasses). The two visa subclasses will be Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 (Student Guardian).

By reducing the various student visa subclasses the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) aims to introduce and apply the same criteria for all student visa applications. The criteria will include:

  • enrolment requirements
  • English language requirements
  • financial capacity requirements
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements

Current assessment levels and streamlined visa processing arrangements will be removed with case officers required to consider more factors to assess the genuineness and the need for individuals to provide evidence of financial and English proficiency. Case officers will be assisted by the new combined country and provider immigration risk framework that will help guide student visa evidentiary requirements and create streamlined visa application processing opportunities for education providers across all sectors.

A condition will also be attached to the new student visas to determine if a new student visa is required if you change your education courses. There will also be no restrictions on bringing family for students studying for less than 10 months.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

The changes announced to the student visa programme come as a result of the “Future Directions for Streamlined Visa Processing Report and Recommendations” report compiled in June 2015. While it sounds like the DIBP is heading in the right direction by streamlining the student visa application process, we will need to observe the adjustments made by the DIBP after July 2016 to find out if this is a better system.

We will provide more information about the specific requirements once they are available. In the meantime it is best that you submit your visa applications as early as possible to avoid any delays in starting your enrolled courses.

This information is accurate on 18 April 2016

Source:

  1. https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00523/Download
  2. https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/reviews-and-inquiries/future-directions.pdf

 

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Priority Processing now available for Visitor Visa Applicants from China

Priority Processing now available for Visitor Visa Applicants from China

On 15 March 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced new provisions that allow priority processing of visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals. This program is being run as a trial for the moment, and may expand to include applicants of other nationalities at a later date.

The following are further details:

  • The priority processing is only available to passport holders for the People’s Republic of China
  • The request for priority processing is only available for applicants of the Visitor Visa Tourist or Business Visitor streams
  • The fee for priority processing is A$ 1,000 in addition to the original visa application fee
  • The method to request for priority processing differs according to your visa application lodgement method

While you can request for priority processing, there is no guarantee that the visa will be granted quickly. The DIBP repeatedly reminds you that the finalisation of the visa application also depends on factors such as the applicant meeting the health and character requirements. You cannot ask for a refund of the priority processing fee unless the visa application fee is refunded.

Therefore it is best that you prepare all necessary documents and complete all health and character checks before requesting for the priority processing.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

The introduction of the priority processing looks positive in encouraging more visitors from China. It also demonstrates the improving bilateral ties between Australia and China. The option of priority processing may also facilitate travel plans for tourists and business visitors from China.

However it will be interesting to observe if the normal processing timeframe gets slower, inevitably forcing more applicants to choose the priority processing option. Furthermore the additional A$ 1,000 spent on applying for a visa may be perceived as a barrier to visit Australia, and may also reduce the amount of travel allowance available while visiting Australia. This means that the spill-over benefits to local Australian businesses and vendors will be reduced.

This information is accurate on 24 March 2016

Source:

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00295/Download

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If you require further information regarding your Australia visa options you can contact us through:

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