Simplified student visa framework Australia (SSVF)

Simplified student visa framework Australia will be introduced 01 July 2016. It will replace current 7 different student visas. In a bid to ease student visa application process for international students, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has made several changes to the current  student visa framework. The new framework dubbed the Simplified Student Visa Framework (or SSVF in short) will be effective from 1st July 2016. The key changes with the SSVF include:
– Only one student Visa will be available for students who wish to study in Australia. Currently, international students have 7 student visas that are awarded depending on their field of study.
– The new framework will streamline the visa application process which will come as a relief to international students who may have had a hard time completing and submitting their visa application with the current system. This framework will also work in favor of the immigration department as it will help reinforce the integrity of the Student Visa Programme.
Under the SSVF, all students from overseas will be required to apply for a subclass 500 visa. All applications for visas will be completed online. In order to qualify for the subclass 500 visa, an individual will be required to meet the following core requirements. (More detailed information about Australian student visa is available under the link)

Core Requirements for Subclass 500 Visa

Enrollment in a CRICOS registered course offered in Australia

A student visa is only available to an individual who is enrolled in a CRICOS  registered course in Australia. A Confirmation of Enrollment otherwise known as a CoE must be provided when applying for a student visa. Secondary Exchange students, postgraduate students who have to remain the country when their theses are being marked and sponsored students are exempted from this requirement. They, however, must submit an application to the Foreign Affairs and Defense office.

ssvf visa application formGenuine Temporary Entrant Requirement (GTE)

Even with the simplified visa application process, international students will still need to meet the GTE requirements. An assessment of how genuine an individual is will be carried out in a bid to prove that the individual in question only wishes to stay in Australia temporarily. Individual circumstances ranging from personal factors that may encourage an individual to return to their home country to immigration history are used when conducting this assessment.

English Proficiency

A documentary evidence of proficiency in the English language may be required especially if a student does not come from a native English speaking country. If the client service tool available online indicates that a document to prove English language proficiency is required, you must attach the required document when submitting your online visa application or risk. Failure to do so may result in your visa application getting rejected.

Lowest immigration risk students will not be required to provide evidence of their English proficiency. They, however, need to produce evidence that they fall under the exempted category. In some instances even students who are considered high immigration risk students are exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Such students fall under the categories discussed below.

– Citizens and passport holders of the Republic of Ireland, the UK, USA, and Canada. All these are English speaking countries.

– Students who have completed 5 years of study in Australia, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

– Students who are enrolled under full-time school studies. This includes students sponsored by the department of defense or the department of foreign affairs. It also includes English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) students, postgraduate research students, and secondary exchange program students.

– Students who have completed the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or are undertaking the Certificate IV Level or higher in English in Australia for 2 years before making the student visa application.

All other high immigration risk students not under the above categories have to produce evidence in the form of an acceptable language score. The acceptable score will differ depending on the test provider. Accepted test providers include the International English Language Testing System, internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the paper based TOEFL, Occupational English Test, the Cambridge English: Advanced otherwise known as Certificate in Advanced English, and the Pearson Test of English Academic. The paper based TOEFL test will only be accepted from certain countries that have not changed even with this new format.

For the International Language Testing System, the minimum score will be 5.5, 5 when combined with 10 weeks or more ELICOS, and 4.5 when combined with 20 weeks or more ELICOS.

In the case of internet based TOEFL, the minimum score will be 46, 35 when combined with 10 weeks or more ELICOS, and 32 when combined with 20 weeks or more ELICOS. For the paper based TOEFL, the minimum score will be 527, 500 when combined with 10 weeks or more ELICOS or 450 when combined with 20weeks or more ELICOS.

A pass in the Occupational English Test will be sufficient. The minimum score for the Certificate in Advanced English is set at 162, 154 combined with 10weeks or more ELICOS, and 147 when combined with 20 weeks or more ELICOS. If a student takes the Pearson Test of English Academic, the minimum score will be 42, 36 when combined with 10 weeks or more ELICOS, and 30 when combined with 20 weeks or more ELICOS.

There is no limit to the duration of ELICOS that a student can take. Interested students can take as many ELICOS as necessary before starting the course they are enrolled in or as a standalone course.

To ensure that the test taken is current student are only allowed to submit scores of tests done within 2 years before submitting the visa application or within 2 years before the visa is granted.

Financial Capacity

various-banknotesInternational students need to have sufficient funds to meet their living costs and also cover their course fees. While students are generally allowed to work for a specific number of hours they should not depend on this money when it comes to course fees and general living expenses.
In certain situations, you may be required to produce evidence for financial capacity. This in most cases depend on the institution you are enrolled in and your country of citizenship. Generally, students who are classified in the low-risk immigration category will only need to declare that they are financially able to sustain themselves and meet their course fees. Students in the high-risk immigration category may have to produce documents to support their declaration of financial capacity.

One of the following documents can act as documentary evidence where proof of financial capacity is required.

– Documents that proves that you meet the annual income requirement of at least AUD 60,000 and AUD 70,000 in case you will be accompanied by the family. The document provided must be an official government document such as the tax assessment document. Only personal income, a student’s spouse income, and the student’s parent income is considered. Where the student’s parents’ income is involved, both parents combined income may be considered where both parents are working.

-Evidence of enough funds to cover 12 months living costs, all travel costs, course fees, and education fees for family members accompanying you during your study. Proof in this category can be a bank deposit, government loan, loan by a financial institution, sponsorship or a scholarship.

– An Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students or AASES form. As the name suggests, this one only applies to Secondary Exchange Students.

The 12 months living costs will add up to AUD 19,830 for the student or guardian, AUD 6,940 for a spouse or partner and AUD 2,970 for a child.

Students that will the accompanied by school going children are required to provide proof that the can meet the schooling cost of AUD 8,000 per year for every child.

A student who is undertaking a PH.D is not required to provide evidence of schooling cost for a dependent child. The PH.D student will, however, be required to produce evidence of enrollment in a government school in Australia where school fees are waived.

Also, beneficiaries of Commonwealth Government Scholarships are not required to provide evidence for the dependent children’s education costs as long as the children in question are enrolled in government institutions where fees are waived.

Funds indicated when applying for a student VISA must be available for use. The student’s assets, income and employment and visa history will be used to determine the availability of funds. Where a student is sponsored by another person, that person’s assets, income, and visa history will also be considered.

From July 2016, annual income, education fees for dependent children and living costs will be reviewed on a regular basis and adjusted accordingly depending on the Consumer Price Index figures of the previous year.

Health

health-examination-doctor-checking-young-boyA health examination is part of the Visa application process. Generally, this is conducted to establish your general body health and determine whether any specialized may be needed. In addition to this, you and all international students are required to have an Overseas Students Health Cover or OSHC in short before a student visa is awarded.

Course Requirements and Transfers

From 1st July 2016, all subclass 500 visa holders will be required to maintain enrollment at the same level as when applying for a visa or go for a higher level according to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). Transferring to a course with a lower AQF or a course that is not AQF awarded will be considered a breach of the student condition and this can lead to visa cancellation. Students who wish to change and apply for lower AQF courses must apply for a student Visa afresh.

Age Requirements for study

The education sector has set age requirements that all individuals need to meet at the entry level. Age requirements for students in different categories include;

– At least 6 years for children who are to be enrolled in school.

-At least 17 years when starting year 9 of high school

– At least 18 years when starting year 10 of high school

– At least 19 years when starting year 11 of high school

-At least 20 years when starting year 12 of high school

All students under the age of 18 will have welfare arrangements just like before. Appropriate forms to work as evidence where welfare arrangements are concerned will have to be submitted when making the visa application.

Students undertaking doctoral courses who wish to transfer to master degrees will not be affected by this change. They will, therefore, be able to change to their master degrees of choice and still remain in compliance with the law.

Genuine students will still be in a position to package two or more courses with a single student visa where one course progresses into another. Learning institutions will also not need to formally nominate educational business partners. They will be allowed to package and hence enable students to package more courses with other learning institutions as long as they have a working arrangement with these institutions.

Core Requirements for Family Members

Family members of students who are already holders of student visas will be required to apply for their own subclass 500 visa when they want to join the student in Australia. Family members who already have a student visa will, however, be exempted from this requirement.

Generally, the same rules concerning financial capacity apply for all family members and subsequent dependents.

Student Guardian Visa

Unlike in the past where a single immigration risk assessment was enough where a guardian is involved, this will not be the case from 1st July 2016. Every guardian will need to produce evidence of financial capacity either in the form of sufficient funds available or a spouse’s income. In order to qualify, the spouse’s income will be expected to be at least AUD70, 000. Funds available should be enough to cover all travel costs, the cost of living for up to 12 months and the cost of sustaining any dependent child included in the visa application.

Current Australian Student Visa Holders

Students who are current holders of any of the available 7 students’ visas will not be affected by the above changes. However, any family member or dependent who wishes to join such students after 1st July 2016 will be required to apply for a subclass 500 visa.

Student Visa Grant Period

The grant period for a student visa goes for a maximum of 5 years for older students. The grant period for primary school students is, however, shorter and goes for a maximum of 2 years. This lower grant period for primary students is designed to safeguard these young children and their interests.

Should you require to discuss your current visa status or would like to apply for a student visa to Australia, please do not hesitate to book a consultation with Migration Agent or give us a call on 07 3668 0658 or contact us.

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34 thoughts on “Simplified student visa framework Australia (SSVF)

  • 15 June 2016 at 10:03
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    Hello…. Thanks for the valuable information. Please guide that who can sponsor under new SSVF for 12 month living cost ??
    is it limited to some family members of Anyone can sponsor ??

  • 15 June 2016 at 10:31
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    Until now anybody could support visa applicant for living costs. Looks like this is going to change, and DIBP will be having a closer look who and how is going to support a prospective student.

  • 5 July 2016 at 02:57
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    hi its me navpreet singh can u tell me the processing time of student dependent under 500 visa..

  • 5 July 2016 at 02:58
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    hi its me navpreet can u tell me the processing time of student dependent under 500 visa class from india..

  • 6 July 2016 at 22:19
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    What’s the process or requirement of visa 457 in Australia

  • 17 July 2016 at 08:25
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    Exactly my question, can a sibling sponsor an applicant under the new SSVF.
    If yes, how does this sibling show there financial evidence ? Through the annual option or 12 months option

  • 17 July 2016 at 15:39
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    band requirement for indian post graduation students… who want to get student visa and want to get austrelian Pg degree under ssvf 500 visa system ??? plz reply 🙂

  • 17 July 2016 at 22:27
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    What is the minimum academic requirements ?

  • 19 July 2016 at 15:30
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    Hi
    What is the duration of subsequent student visa 500 for granting visa??

  • 25 July 2016 at 07:50
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    Can my spouse sponsor me? she earns about 43000Aud or should I complement this with my younger brother account?

  • 29 July 2016 at 15:06
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    i wnt to australia recently i have completed my gradution in arts with 48% and i have got 5.5 band in ilets

  • 13 August 2016 at 17:44
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    can a couple go and study in Australia together ?? For applying Dependent Visa,one of them must clear Bachelor level but what if both of them just cleared 12 and are going todo Bachelor level??

  • 25 August 2016 at 10:16
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    Does the student dependent need to produce the CoE and the English Language Requirement? Because the online system does not proceed without these.

  • 28 August 2016 at 00:37
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    Hello,
    My husband is Australian, I am holding Australian Pr. We want to bring our niece to study in Australia, ( she is Vietnamese), and she is 12 years old. In this case, can we be her finance sponsor?

    Thank you

    Regards,

  • 9 September 2016 at 13:21
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    In India we applied for 2 month ago in ssvf but still no reply regarding visa.how much time it taken for this….

  • 11 September 2016 at 15:59
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    hello, I am currently studying in UTS and i am an international student. when i came here, i was single. and after finishing 1st semester, i went to india to get married. And i do so. Now, i had applied student subsequent entrant(500) visa for her in india on 15th august 2016 online. Now my questions are following.
    1) How much time they take to grant the visa ?
    2) can she do work unlimited here in Australia as i am currently 573 subclass visa holder ?
    3) Currently my medical insurance company is Medibank and i take for her from NIB. Is there any problem with this ?

    Thank you In advance.

  • 20 September 2016 at 21:00
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    Thanks for the information. Could you advise about health check? I’ll be studying for 15 weeks and I am not sure if I need to do health check for my student visa application.

    Regards
    Christiane

  • 21 September 2016 at 16:23
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    Hello
    Can i apply with my wife in dependent under SSVF ? IF YES how long it can take time to grant visa ?

  • 27 September 2016 at 08:11
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    Hi, I already have a student visa studying in Australia and would like my wife to join me.
    I would like to know who is the primary applicant in completing the online subclass 500 (Subsequent entrant) visa application ?
    Is it me or my wife ?

    Thank you

  • 2 December 2016 at 08:50
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    Am student of a vocational education training centre not under scholarship but staying with a family , am I to apply for visa subclass 500 or subsequent visa 500

  • 18 December 2016 at 01:43
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    Is it mandatory to submit IELTS result or any English language test for student visa to Australian Embassy for PHD from Nepal?

  • 28 December 2016 at 13:47
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    1. yes you can apply.
    2. depends on your country of origin and particular situation

  • 28 December 2016 at 13:48
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    Whether you’ll have to do a health check depends of country of your passport.

  • 28 December 2016 at 13:57
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    1. Can vary. I don’t know details of your application
    2. Your family members must work no more than 40 hours per fortnight. Exception: family members of the students who are studying a Master Degree course, can work unlimited hours once the student starts their main course
    3. if you’re living in a spousal relationship and she’ll be on your student visa you should change your single OSHC to a couple one, otherwise you may not get a visa for her.

  • 28 December 2016 at 13:59
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    1. Did you pay for your application?
    2. Did you get a confirmation your application has been received by department?
    3. and so on – would have to see your application to make a judgement.

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:03
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    That could be taken into consideration

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:05
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    For a dependant you’d need to provide relevant information about how are you related to each other.

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:08
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    If both of you wants to study each of you needs to apply for a visa

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:13
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    Congratulations for a graduation.
    If you want to Australia apply for a relevant visa and come over here once granted.

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:17
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    Sorry – not enough information.

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:19
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    Could be few weeks to few months – depends on your particular situation. If you’re applying in Australia bridging visa shall be granted.

  • 28 December 2016 at 14:19
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    Depends on the course

  • 26 January 2017 at 05:45
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    Hi
    I am planning to bring my wife under subsequent subclass 500 visa. I wanted to know who will be the primary applicant when I fill out the online application?

    Thanks in advance

  • 26 January 2017 at 15:18
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    Assuming – you are applying for your subsequent visa as well, you shall be primary applicant.

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