New simplified visa system for students now in place in Australia
A new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) has been introduced in Australia, which has reduced the number of subclasses and simplified the visa framework.
The total number of student visa subclasses have gone down from eight to two, simplifying that system to one student visa and one student guardian visa. And there is now a single immigration risk framework for all international students.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection's First Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division, David Wilden, said student visa settings are an important part of Australia's international education strategy.
'The value of our international education sector, Australia's third largest export industry and our largest services export, was estimated to exceed $19 billion in 2014/2015 and the recently released National Strategy for International Education acknowledges the Department's role in supporting international mobility through administration of the student visa programme,' he pointed out.
He explained that the SSVF will mean a broader, simpler and fairer framework for genuine international students and Australian education providers. 'A visa framework that is simpler to navigate and that provides a more targeted approach to immigration integrity will reduce red tape and improve productivity and international competitiveness,' he added.
Under the SSVF, students will no longer be subject to the complexity of the current process. Instead students will apply online for a single student visa subclass and be assessed under a single immigration risk framework.
Wilden also pointed out that online application is in line with the Department's policy to increase digital services and helps simplify the application process.
The single student visa (subclass 500) will be for all students, regardless of their course of study and comes with a global roll out of online visa lodgement to all international students. The Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) will be or those looking after students.