Australia has now commenced a new student Visa Assessment system SSVF.
You should go directly to the website https://www.homeaffairs.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.
Is a good GTE statement important?
Every VISA applicant is required to present a GTE statement. This is the most important document you will submit, because almost all Student Visa refusals are now as a result of the GTE.
Did you know?
- The latest Government issued report shows that the off-shore (applicant not in Australia) VISA Refusal rate for ALL VET courses, across Australia (ALL providers) is approximately 25%. ELICOS courses fare better at approximately 13% refusal rate. On shore-rates are better, at 11% (VET) and 9% (ELICOS).
- The Eagle Academy has an off-shore VET course refusal rate of approximately 10%, much better than the average (25%).
- Of the off-shore refusals we have had in the past year, 80% of the applicants wrote their own GTE statement, or had someone else assist them.
- In the past 4 months, no off-shore applicant who used our GTE service has been refused. Of course this does not mean a Visa will be guaranteed, but it does indicate a substantially better chance of providing a GTE that meets the requirements of the Immigration Officer considering the application.
What is our GTE service?
We contract off-shore GTE writing specialists, so we can offer a free* but high quality GTE Service to any agent or applicant.
What is the difference?
Immigration Officers consider a list of risk factors to determine if the applicant is genuine. We address ALL of those factors in our draft GTE statements issued to applicants.
What is the aim?
The aim of our program is to give our applicants the best chance of studying with us. While using our service is no guarantee of success, our draft GTE statements do cover all the risk factors, and will be very comprehensive, according to the quality and quantity of information provided to us by the applicant.
What is the cost? (Professional GTE writers often charge $200 – $300 for a similar service)
- AL1/2/3 Onshore – FREE
- *AL3 Offshore – $150. If the student is successful this fee will be credited towards the course fees.
How does it work? We supply our GTE questionnaire for the applicant to complete and return to us. We will enhance it, give suggestions, or ask for more information, as required. We will then supply a draft which the applicant can use, edit, or ignore as they wish.
Is it compulsory?
- AL1 & 2 Off-Shore or Onshore – No, it is your choice whether you take advantage of the service or not. Please note however that the rejection rate of students using our GTE service is about 80% lower than those who choose NOT to use it.
- AL3 Onshore – No, however students must provide us with their GTE statement to approve before we will issue a COE, if they choose not to use our GTE service.
- AL3 Offshore – Yes, also any countries we nominate as having high rejection rates must use our GTE Service. We will advise you if this applies to you.
Please request a copy of our GTE questionnaire and we will be happy to provide it to you promptly.
Contact us for our latest list of streamlined countries (No financial or English Test documents required).
If you already have a student visa and want to change your main course of study to a lower Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level course or a non-AQF level course, you will generally need a new student visa. This requirement applies even if the course you change to is with the same education provider.
You will not need to apply for a new visa if you are changing from an AQF level 10 course (doctoral degree) to an AQF 9 course (Masters degree).
- if you are studying a Bachelor of Science (Level 7) at a university and wish to transfer to a Diploma of Accounting (Level 5) at the same institution, you would need to apply for and be granted a new student visa.
- if you are studying a Certificate IV (AQF level 4) and want to transfer to an ELICOS course (non-AQF course), you will need to apply for and be granted a new student visa.
If you are studying a non-AQF course and want to transfer to an AQF course, you would not need to apply for a new student visa.
SSVF Assessment Table
The table below only deals with Immigration 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.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.