Australia has now commenced a new student Visa Assessment system SSVF from 1 July.
You should go directly to the website http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500- for detailed information.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Many students and agents are anxious about whether financial capacity documents and the results of an approved English Language ability Test need to be included with a VISA application. This can be discovered on the above website, but to give potential students of The Eagle Academy some piece of mind, if your country of passport is included in the list on the following page, if you apply with us, until further notice your Visa application is streamlined, meaning you do not require financial capacity documents, or English Language Test results for your Visa application.
You may still require some English Language testing for our own purposes to ensure you are selecting an appropriate level of course, but these are explained in our application form, and are not required for your VISA application.
GENUINE TEMPORARY ENTRANT (GTE) REQUIREMENTS
The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants. The Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP) officer assessing the visa application considers whether the individual circumstances of the student indicates that their intention is for a temporary stay in Australia.
When assessing the GTE requirement, the DIBP officer will consider:
- your circumstances
- your immigration history
- if you are under 18 years of age, the intention of your parent, legal guardian or spouse of the applicant
- any other relevant matter.
Visa applications from these countries are streamlined with your application to us (No financial or English Test documents required).
From 1 July 2016, a new condition will be introduced which requires all Student (subclass 500) visa holders to maintain enrolment at the same level or a higher Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level for which they were granted a visa, unless they are undertaking a doctoral degree (AQF10) and transfer to a master’s degree (AQF9).
Transferring to a lower AQF level course or transferring from an AQF level course to a non-AQF Award course would be in breach of the student visa condition and might result in the visa being cancelled. Students who want to change to a lower level course must apply for, and be granted, a new student visa before they change their course.
Standard 7 of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 also applies to transfers between CRICOS-registered providers.
Genuine students will continue to be able to package two or more courses on the one student visa where there is progression from one course to another.
Under the SSVF, education providers will not be required to formally nominate educational business partners and will be able to package with other educational providers with whom they have a commercial arrangement.
SSVF Assessment Table
The table below only deals with DIBP requirements, not our own. Our requirements will remain unchanged.
In the table
- Streamlined: If a student fits in the “streamlined” area, the student visa applicant will generally be able to satisfy the Department of their financial capacity and English language proficiency by declaration.
- Regular: If a student fits in the “regular” area, the student will generally be required to provide evidence of their financial and English language capacity with their visa application.
All students, regardless of the financial capacity and English language proficiency documentation that may be required, will continue to have to meet all other core visa criteria, such as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement and health and character criteria.
The Federal Government has issued the following statement regarding Risk Ratings,
“The Department does not recommend the sharing of education provider immigration risk data with external parties, including agents, because it may increase the potential for the education provider to be targeted by non-genuine applicants and, consequently, increase the likelihood of an education provider’s immigration risk rating increasing over time.”
As directed above we will not at this time directly disclose our Rating, but will issue the following two pieces of valuable advice to our students and agents.
The SSVF only affects documentation relating to English and financial capability. There is no distinction between AL1, AL2 or AL3 providers in what is required if an application fits in the streamlined area above.
As of 30 June until further advised, only students from AL3 countries would be required to submit documentation in support of their English and Financial status to Immigration, if applying to the Eagle Academy for a course. Please note that The Eagle Academy would also require such documentation for an AL3 application, regardless of our own AL in the future.
More information can be found here:
Simplified Student Visa Framework: https://www.border.gov.au/StudyinginAustralia/Pages/student-individuals.aspx
Studying in Australia: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud
Student Visa (subclass 500): https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-
Genuine Temporary Entrant: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Genuine-Temporary-Entrant
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.