In a joint media release this week, the Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne and the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash announced the introduction of a Simplified international Student Visa Framework (SSVF) to help boost Australia’s international student sector.
The changes are great news for international students in that it will make the process of applying for a student visa more simple. In a nutshell, the changes will mean:
- A reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
- the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students
Minster Pyne was quote as saying “Australia is open for business and welcomes genuine and high quality international students who provide a much-needed boost to our economy, our local communities and jobs, and who boost our country-to-country relationships.”
“We warmly welcome genuine international students and we are committed to improving and protecting the integrity of our immigration system.”
“After coming to office the Government moved immediately to improve competitiveness and it is pleasing to see growth in international student enrolments in Australia has resumed.”
It will lay out a student’s financial and English language evidentiary requirements based on two things: the immigration profile of the student’s country of citizenship and of their education provider.
The new system will apply to all international students and replace the current SVP system.
“SVP served a very good purpose but it is now time to implement a broader, simpler, fairer framework,” Minister Cash said.
A working group with international education sector stakeholders is being formed to guide implementation of the new framework on the expiry of SVP arrangements on 30 June 2016.
So change is coming in 2016. For help with all your study and migration needs, contact EMSA today (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 362 377)