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‪#‎Australia‬ ‪#‎Student‬ ‪#‎Visa‬ upcoming ‪#‎changes‬ in the ‪#‎next_year‬:

AUSTRALIA STUDENT VISA 3 CHANGES COMING NEXT YEAR LIKE(1)ONLY TWO CATEGORIES OF VISA INSTEAD OF PRESENT 8 CATEGORIES AND IN TWO CATEGORIES ONE FOR STUDENT AND ANOTHER FOR GUARDIAN TO ACCOMPANY IF STUDENT AGE IS BELOW 18 YEARS(3)STREAMLINED VISA PROCESSING (SVP) TO BE ABOLISHED (3)THREE CATEGORIES OF RISK ASSESSMENT DEPENDING UPON NATIONALITIES TO BE REDUCED TO ONE CATEGORY
(FOREIGN STUDENT RECRUITMENT AGENTS WILL ALSO NEED REGISTRATION AND TO MEET CODE OF ETHICS BEFORE REPRESENTING ANY UNIVERSITIES OR COLLEGE IN AUSTRALIA)
2ND SEPTEMBER 2015
The Abbott government places high importance on Australia’s international education sector.
It is our largest services export and a key pillar of the country’s economic growth and future prosperity.
International students bring many benefits to Australia, economically and culturally, and will always be welcome in our country.
Since coming to office the government has made it a priority to rebuild the international education sector and undo the damage caused by Labor when the export value of the sector fell by $1.8 billion during the three-year period to 2012-13. Under the Coalition the sector has rebounded strongly and, based on preliminary figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, grown by $3.5bn to a record high of $18.1bn in 2014-15.
This strong performance is just the beginning. In April, Education Minister Christopher Pyne released Australia’s first draft national strategy for international education.
The strategy sets an ambitious whole-of-government agenda for the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education ­sector.
Student visa settings are an important component of Australia’s international education strategy.
It is vital that visa settings are competitive and that the process of obtaining a visa is as simple as possible for genuine students.
It is also highly important that the visa program maintains high levels of immigration integrity.
To this end, on June 16 the government announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework, to start mid next year.
Key reforms under the SSVF include a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two — one student visa and a student guardian visa — and the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.
The SSVF will mean a broader, simpler, fairer framework for international students and Australian education providers.
It will benefit Australia’s international education sector through reduced red tape, a visa framework that is simpler to navigate and a more targeted approach to immigration integrity.
Under the SSVF students no longer will be subject to the complexity of the present process, which requires them to determine the correct visa subclass to apply for and which risk framework — either the assessment level framework or streamlined visa processing — they will be assessed against.
Instead, students will apply for a single student visa subclass and be assessed under a single immigration risk framework.
The single immigration risk framework will guide a student’s financial and English language evidentiary requirements based on the immigration risk outcomes of their country of citizenship and intended education provider.
Where the combination of these factors indicates lower risk, the student will have ‘‘streamlined evidentiary requirements’’ and generally will not need to provide evidence of financial and English language capacity with their visa application.
Based on modelling from 2013-14, about 85 per cent of students would have streamlined evidentiary requirements under the SSVF. Importantly, these efficiencies will be achieved without compromising the integrity of the student visa program.
The SSVF also will benefit education providers considerably.
Although the existing student visa program arrangements have contributed to strong levels of growth, these arrangements also have created perceived market inequalities and high levels of red tape.
The SSVF will address these issues by creating a more level playing field for education providers and by unwinding many of the burdensome requirements imposed on providers by SVP.
The SSVF represents an exciting opportunity to build on Australia’s international competitive­ness and the government is working closely with the ­international education sector to ensure that it is implemented ­effectively.
A strong international education sector means more Australian jobs and broader benefits for the community.
The SSVF will have a key role to play in the ­future success of this important sector.

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