29 October 2013

Student Visas: Changes to Assessment Levels from early 2014Following the release the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework 2013 Report the Government has announced a proposed simplification of the Student Visa Assessment level Framework which would include:

  • Only three assessment levels (AL1, AL2 and AL3)
  • countries and education sectors currently subject to AL4 would  be reduced to AL3.
  • financial requirements for an AL3 student visa applicant would be reduced from the current 18 months to 12 months. These funds must be provided by a close relative of the student visa applicant.

The proposed changes would lower the minimum evidentiary requirements needed for the grant of a Student visa for AL3 countries and education sectors, providing a benefit to prospective students.

Streamlined student visa processing from early 2014

Streamlined visa processing arrangements will be available to certain low immigration risk non-university education providers who offer Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degree courses. This would be an extension of the arrangements that have been available to the university sector since March 2012.