Study in Australia: Immigration Evidence Level Will Come Into Effect For Student Visa

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Study in Australia: Immigration Evidence Level Will Come Into Effect For Student Visa

In keeping with the Australia government’s latest migration plan, the country Home Affairs Department has formalized a new structure for processing student visas based on the risk rating of institutions. 

On December 14 2023, Minister of Home Affairs Clare O’Neill signed an order directing immigration officers to give priority to visa applications from foreign students hoping to study in Australia according to provider risk.

It adheres to Australia’s promise to “apply greater and more targeted scrutiny” to student visa applications from universities that pose a threat, as stated in the country’s new migration strategy.

Evidence Proof Will Be Use For Immigration

Immigration will use the evidence level (1, 2, or 3) assigned to each registered education provider on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to determine which applications are prioritized. Level 1 providers will have expedited processing times.

The directive went into force in December ahead of the upcoming school year, just as promised.

Study in Australia: Immigration Evidence Level Will Come Into Effect For Student Visa

These Are The Requirements

Applications from outside of Australia have been granted the highest priority among all student visa categories for:

  • Applicants from the fields of education, foreign policy or defense, and postgraduate research.
  • Higher education, English language intensive course for overseas students (ELICOS), vocational education and training (VET), and non-award sector candidates studying at an education provider with an evidenc​e level 1. 
  • Applications for subsequent entrants filed outside of Australia that contain a family member under the age of eighteen who is single.All applications for Student Guardian visas, whether filed inside or outside of Australia.
  • The DHA lists the following as evidence-level indicators: refusals of visas, overstaying of a visa, and cancellations of visas (for example, for fraud, “non-genuineness,” and violations of visa requirements). 

Student visas are associated with the school that a new immigrant first enrolls in. In early 2024, more information about the government’s plans to create a new Genuine Student Test is expected.

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