The Australian government announced last week measures to streamline the Australian student Visa.
It is proposed that 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.
It is also proposed that the student visa Assessment Level Framework would be reduced from five assessment levels to three (AL1 to AL3). Currently no country or education sector is subject to AL5. It is proposed that countries and education sectors currently subject to AL4 would be reduced to AL3.
It is also proposed that the 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. […]