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Simplified Student Visa Framework

On the 1 July 2016, the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) introduced Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) to replace the previous Assessment Level (AL) framework and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements.

SSVF applies to all students and all programs. Under SSVF, evidentiary requirements will be based on the combined immigration risk of the applicant’s country of citizenship and their chosen education provider. To identify the documents the applicant will be required to submit with their visa application, use Home Affairs’ document checklist tool. All applicants will need to meet Home Affairs’ Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)  requirement.

Student visa applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount. It is important that the application is complete at the time of lodgement and includes a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement. Please ensure that the student’s GTE Statement includes all necessary information by instructing the applicant to follow our Checklist for Preparing a GTE Statement. More information is available on Home Affairs’ website.

Our approach to SSVF

The University will continue to apply the Guidelines on genuine temporary entry and Guidelines on living costs and evidence of funds through screening some applicants to ensure we maintain a low Evidence Level with the Department of Home Affairs, which benefits our applicants through streamlined evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.

Your obligations

It is your responsibility to ensure that the applicants you refer to the University are

  • genuine students;
  • genuine temporary entrants; and
  • able to financially support themselves and any dependants for the duration of their stay in Australia.

It is your responsibility to assist the student in lodging a complete student visa application including all required documentation and a detailed GTE statement, or if the student was GTE assessed but the University, you must ensure the University approved GTE statement is submitted. 

In the event of a student visa refusal, you are required to email us a copy of the rejection letter from Home Affairs.