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New student visa changes: What to know

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On 1st July 2016, the student visa process in Australia will undergo major changes. These changes will be due to the introduction of the Simplified student visa framework (SSVF). Read here what you need to know about the changes

The new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) replaces the previous streamlined visa processing and Assessment Level frameworks.

One of the biggest changes in this new system is the student visa subclasses are reducing from eight to two.

This means, All international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study. Student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).

Why are these changes being introduced?

The reason behind the changes being introduced is to improve the growth of Australia’s international education sector by making the process of applying for a student visa simpler for genuine students.

How does SSVF work?

Under the SSVF, all international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500). The requirements for international students to show evidence will be based on the student’s country of citizenship AND the education provider which the student chooses to enrol with.

This will benefit low risk countries but the department still reserves the right to request financials and English language proof where necessary. Students associated with higher immigration risk, based on their countries and immigration providers will have to provide documentary evidence of financial requirements and also English language tests wherever appropriate.

EMSA’s interpretation (based on what we’ve heard)

What this means, that each school and country will be given an assessment rating and based on the combination, it will be determined what the student needs to show.

For example. If a school is rated level 1 and a country is rated level 1, then the requirements will be easier than if a school is rated level 2 and a country rated level 2.

Immigration does not want to release or reveal the ratings of providers to avoid any negativity issues. Based on what we’ve seen, we’ll be able to go through an online tool will help determine what you’ll need to provide.

Changes to documentary evidence of financial requirements.

Prior to July 2016, students only had the option of providing evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia, 12 months living, course fees and schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members.

From June 2016 students have another option, which is to provide evidence of meeting the annual income requirement. They can show funds for 12 months living, funds, course fees and school fees like before, or instead, they can provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students who are joined by their family members, the amount is AUD 70,000 or more. The income must be the personal income of the student’s spouse or parents only.

Will the changes affect current visa holders and existing international students?

If you already hold a student visa with subclass numbers 570 to 576, your visa will remain valid and your visa conditions will not change after 1 July 2016. After 1 July 2016, family members of Student visa holders (subclasses 570-576) will however, need to apply for a subclass 500 visa, if they want to join a family member in Australia.

 

There are more changes to be announced. We will keep you posted.

For more information or a free education consultation, please contact EMSA today.

Please call us to 07 3733 1566 or promotions@emsaus.com

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    Thank You For your information.Could you please let me Which is level for my home country India and what is English Reqirement and Finacial requirement for student Visa for bachelor degree and diploma level study.I will be be thankful to you for this.
    Kind Regards
    Jaswinder Singh

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      Hi Jaswinder, from the 1st of July visa requirements have changed and now they not only depend on the nationality but also the education provider. Please if you want to read these latest articles:
      · http://www.emsaus.com/blog/student-visa-changes-explained-migration-agent/#more-463
      · http://www.emsaus.com/blog/7-reasons-why-you-should-start-building-a-pathway-in-australia/#more-488
      · http://www.emsaus.com/blog/benefits-new-student-visa-changes/
      If you need personal assistance send an e-mail to india@emsaus.com (here the contact phone: https://emsaus.com/india/)

      Thank you!

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    Hi emsa
    i want to change my course
    Currently i am studying at chisholm tafe at melbourne
    I have completed my cert 4 in accounting,now i have to change my clg-course
    can i change my course.
    if we can do then how?
    And new rules are coming, so there will be any affect on my visa or not

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      Hi Navroop, there are some requirements before changing programmes. Please feel free to send an e-mail to education@emsaus.com. Please include a summary of your situation, a CEO and a copy of your passport, for us to assess and give you the best advice. More than happy to help! Thank you.

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    I completed a masters degree in Environment Health and Safety in United Kingdom last year and returned to Nigeria January this year. I am applying to study Masters in Management at Macgurie University in Sydney. From the online tool I see that I do not need to show proof of financial/ funds availability. However, I would to ask, will I pass the GTE requirement since I already have a masters from England.

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    Hi EMSA Team

    I just got an admission to study a Masters program in UNSW Sydney Australia and I am a Nigerian currently living in Malaysia. I will like to know if i can provide my elder brother’s bank statement as a proof of funds availability to study in Australia?

    Regards
    Fidel

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      Hello!

      Thank you for contacting us!

      In order to start assessing your case, could you provide us:

      – E-mail
      – Phone number
      – Nationality
      – City of residence
      – Profession

      Also, if you can give us a little bit more information about your case that would help us to improve the assessment.

      Alternatively, you can come to our office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Venezuela, India, Philippines, Nigeria or Colombia.

      Hope to hear soon from you

      Kind Regards!

      EMSA Team

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    Thank you for your enquiry. We’d be happy to assist you with your current situation and help to plan your pathway forward.

    As Australia’s immigration program is very complex and there may be a number of possible ways for you to apply for residency, please complete the assessment form via the link below. The information you provide will help our Migration Team identify your visa options and possible pathways

    https://emsaus.force.com/education/NewLeadPage

    To make sure we have all the information, you must complete the following sections:

    Personal Particulars
    Marital Status
    Current Residential address
    Citizenship Details
    Passport Details
    Addresses (including your home country address)
    Education Details (all school, college and uni information here and overseas)
    Employment details
    Australian Visa Applications
    Once you’ve completed the relevant sections, click “submit” in the bottom left hand corner, once we have received it our Migration team will:

    Assess your case and provide you with some free written advice
    Arrange an appointment and confirm if you are eligible for a free initial consultation or if it will carry a fee.
    Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to assisting you!

    Warm regards, EMSA TEAM

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    Now I am studying in ELICOS at University and after passing it my main course is Master of Project Management, but I want to change my college after ELICOS.My visa subclass is 500.please give me reply on mail what can I do? AND also give information it is legal or not.thank u

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      Thank you for contacting us!

      In order to start assessing your case, could you email to socialmedia@emsaus.com

      – E-mail
      – Phone number
      – Nationality
      – City of residence
      – Profession

      Also, if you can give us a little bit more information about your case that would help us to improve the assessment.

      Alternatively, you can come to our office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Venezuela, India, Philippines, Nigeria or Colombia.

      Hope to hear soon from you

      Kind Regards!

      EMSA Team

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    Hi. We are on visa subclass 500. Can I change my course as well as university ?

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      – E-mail
      – Phone number
      – Nationality
      – City of residence
      – Profession

      Also, if you can give us a little bit more information about your case that would help us to improve the assessment.

      Alternatively, you can come to our office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Venezuela, India, Philippines, Nigeria or Colombia.

      Hope to hear soon from you

      Kind Regards!

      EMSA Team

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