Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)

ImmigrationOn 16 June 2015 the Australian Government announced the introduction of a simplified international student visa framework (SSVF).

Key changes under the SSVF are:

  • a reduction in the number of student visa sub-classes from eight to two (student and guardian); and
  • the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students, replacing the existing Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements and the Assessment Level framework.

What will remain the same?

  • Student visa applicants will continue to be assessed against the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria;
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) will still have the ability to request additional evidence from applicants at their discretion;
  • The University will still need to manage its immigration risk by GTE assessing high risk applicants and requiring our education agents to vet applicants they recruit to the University; and
  • The Post Study Work Visa (PSWV) will not be affected by the new SSVF.

Under SSVF, evidentiary requirements will be based on the combined immigration risk of the student’s country of citizenship and their chosen education provider. The University of South Australia is in Assessment Level 1 (the lowest risk category) and provided this result is maintained, all of our students will have access to the faster, simpler student visa processing arrangements under SSVF.

Subject to the regulatory change process, it is expected that the SSVF will be implemented in mid-2016.

The University will attend a workshop with the Department shortly, after which we will be able to provide further details. Information will also be updated on the Department’s website as it becomes available at www.immi.gov.au.

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