Department of Immigration and Border Protection Introduces Simplified Student Visa Framework

As of July 1st the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has introduced the simplified student visa framework to replace the pre-existing student visa framework.

The changes introduced by the simplified student visa framework (SSVF) means that the pre-existing eight student visa subclasses have now been concentrated into two subclasses; subclass 500 and subclass 590.

Subclass 500 is available to applicants who wish to come to study in Australia in any sector, while subclass 590 is a student guardian visa.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection cites these changes as being “designed to make the student visa framework simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and create a level playing field for all education providers” (www.border.gov.au).

Along with the changes to the overall student visa structure, there have also been changes made to the visa assessment levels for each application.

Visa assessment levels are used to measure the risk of each applicant breaking the terms of their visa. Previously, the visa that an applicant was applying for was used to calculate the overall risk of the applicant breaking the terms of their visa. This means of measurement has been replaced, and now the department uses the education provider that the applicant is registered to study with in Australia as way of measuring this risk. As before, the passport held by the applicant is the other factor used to determine their risk level.

The risk level associated with each country and each education provider are reviewed every six months. The outcome is based on the quantity of visa holders registered with a particular education provider or from a specific country breaking the terms of their visa.

With these changes, applicants should be able to enjoy a quicker and simpler application for a student visa. While genuine applicants and education providers should benefit overall.

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