Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) Introduced July 2016
Single Immigration Risk Framework
Under the new system, evidentiary requirements for international students will be based on the applicants' country of residence and their education provider's immigration risk record. For the lowest risk level - a declaration of funds, and a Confirmation of Enrolment will be enough. However, the Australian Immigration Authority retains the right to require further evidence.
High immigration risk applications are required to satisfy financial requirements by providing one of the following three:
- evidence of funds to cover all associated expenses for the course duration (see FAQ);
- evidence of meeting the annual income requirement;
- an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form, for secondary exchange students only.
The income demonstrated must be the personal income of the student’s spouse or parents only. The 12-month living cost requirement can be met by providing evidence for one of the following: money deposit or loan with a financial institution, government loan, scholarship or sponsorship.
English Language Requirement
Where evidence of English language ability is required the applicant must hold a valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate. An overall band of 5.5 must be achieved. If the applicant has underwent 10 or 20 weeks' English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) the overall band falls down to 5 and 4.5 respective to the duration. The equivalent of the band is accepted from the following providers: Test of English as a Foreign Language - paper based test (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English Academic, Cambridge English: Advanced, Occupational English Test.
English Language Exemption
You are exempt from the language proficiency requirement if you hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Evidence of Enrolment
To apply for a student visa for Australia (Subclass 500) you must first be accepted in an educational institution registered with the Government as a provider of education to international students.
Family Members & Guardians
Family members accompanying student visa holders must also apply for a Subclass 500 visa. They must initially be declared family unit members on the primary application, whether they intend to go to Australia or not. If not declared, a visa cannot be granted on a later stage.
Guardians must apply for a Student Guardian visa (Subclass 590). This visa is not streamlined by the SSVF and the regular evidence of financial capacity must be presented, meaning evidence of income over AUD 70,000, OR evidence of available funds to cover the expenses for the full duration of the stay in Australia.
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Australia Student Visa Requirements
- Confirmation of Enrolment to an Australian university – after being accepted, and your deposit is paid, your visa can now be processed in not more than 124 before the course starts.
- Your education provider must be registered with the Australian government to offer courses to overseas students.
- Clean immigration history in Australia – previous compliance with the immigration law is a must – if you were deported or asked to leave Australia, you aren’t eligible.
- Sufficient funds to support your stay and return to your home country, or proof of personal income by you, your spouse, or your parents.
- The Immigration Authorities remain the right to require an English language proficiency test. Citizens of Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America are generally exempt. Successful completion of a 5-year course in one of those countries including Australia and South Africa also qualifies the applicant for exemption.
- Be of good and healthy character. Generally, it’s up to the Immigrations to decide whether you must undergo health examination.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I will be required to sit an English Language Test?
What is the cost of living in Australia? How much money do I need for a year?
If you are required to provide an evidence of available funds to support your stay, those are the official figures considered sufficient for a year stay in Australia:
- Student/guardian - AUD 19,830
- Partner/spouse - AUD 6,940
- Child - AUD 2,970
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If I book a part-time course will I be allowed to work full time?
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I am in Australia, can I apply for a student visa while I am in the country?
Can I travel overseas while I am in Australia on a student visa?
What is the processing time?
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