Changes to evidence needed to support student visa applications for Australia

by Ray Clancy on March 24, 2011

in Australia Immigration

Evidentiary requirements need change for Australia student visa

The Australian department of immigration and citizenship is reminding prospective students that certain visa assessment levels are changing at the beginning of next month.

From 02 April 2011, student visa assessment levels for 38 countries, for one or more Student visa subclasses, will be reduced. All applications lodged on or after that date are subject to these new assessment levels.

A spokesman said that the changes would lower the minimum evidentiary requirements needed for the grant of a Student visa for the selected countries and education sectors. However, the reductions to assessment levels do not change the likelihood of a former student in Australia obtaining permanent residence.

Students affected by the changes will be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of a Student visa. These may include evidence of English language proficiency, financial capacity and academic qualifications.

The 38 countries concerned are Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Macedonia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao, Lithuania, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Solomon Islands, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tongo, Turkey, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Yemen.

The department said that prospective students and their families, agents and education providers should be aware that these changes will lower the minimum evidentiary requirements needed for the grant of a Student visa for the selected countries and education sectors.

A Student visa entitles international students to come to Australia on a temporary basis for a specified period to undertake study at an Australian educational institution. While many international students make a decision to apply for permanent residence upon completing their studies, this is an entirely separate process.

‘There is no guarantee that by previously having a Student visa, a person will meet the requirements to be granted permanent residence. It is important to note that Student visas are aimed at achieving an educational outcome. The skilled migration program is designed to meet the needs of the Australian labour market and strengthen the whole economy,’ the spokesman explained.

‘Students should not make educational choices solely on the basis of hoping to achieve a particular migration outcome, because the skilled migration program will continue to change and adapt to Australia’s economic needs,’ he added.

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