Changes to the Student Visa System will Commence 1st July 2016

April 17, 2016
Changes to the Student Visa System will Commence 1st July 2016

The Migration Legislation Amendment 2016 (2016 Measures No1) Reg 2016 - F2016L00523ES  makes multiple changes to the Migration.  One of these changes will affect the international student visa framework.  The main focus of the changes will be to strengthen the “genuiness” requirement.

The new student visa system will reduce the  number of student visa subclasses from 8 to 2 visa subclasses, these are Subclass 500 (Student) and Subclass 590 (Student Guardian).  The reason for the introduction of simplified international student visa framework is to:

  • Streamline application and processing requirements for student visa applicants, in particular by making criteria common to all applicants, including criteria relating to enrolment, English language requirements, financial capacity, and genuineness of application for entry and stay as a student;
  • Simplify a range of requirements including enrolment requirements, financial requirements, and requirements relating to visas previously held if the application is made in Australia;
  • Repeal the provisions relating to the current regulatory assessment level framework and streamlined processing provisions and introduce new requirements to strengthen the integrity of the programme by providing a larger range of factors for decision makers to assess genuineness and the need for individuals to provide evidence of financial and English proficiency;
  • Revise a condition placed on student visas to make it clear to visa holders what kinds of courses they are permitted to undertake while holding the particular visa and when a change of course would require them to apply for a new student visa; and
  • Make other amendments to repeal duplicate and redundant provisions and clarify the operation of the relevant provisions.

Source:  Australian Government