Student Visa


Student Visas To Be Streamlined

By |November 3rd, 2013|

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. […]

Post-study Work Arrangements For International Students Now Available

By |May 2nd, 2013|

If you are thinking about applying for the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), you might be interested to know that a number of changes have been made to this visa class which introduce new post-study work arrangements for certain graduates of an Australian bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

These changes now mean that the subclass 485 visa now provides recent graduates with the opportunity to spend more time in Australia following their studies to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s).

With the changes coming into effect on 23 March 2013. Subclass 485 visa applicants must now apply in either the Graduate Work stream or the Post-Study Work stream. Each stream of the subclass 485 visa has its own specific requirements that applicants must satisfy for their application to be successful.

The Graduate Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation in demand in the Australian labour market, as determined by the Skilled Occupation List. […]

Australian Student Visa Holders Allowed To Work In Australia For Four Years

By |August 1st, 2012|

Hi guys, you may have noticed due to the lack of updates that everything’s quite quiet on the Australian Immigration front at the moment.

Unless anyone is interested in the hundreds of illegal immigrants arriving by boat then there’s really not been that much to write about!

One snippet of quite important news that we’ve not covered is the news that The Gillard government has announced plans to grant all overseas students, graduating from the country’s universities, an Australia visa which will allow them to work in any occupation for up to four years.

To qualify for an Australia visa, overseas students will be required to have competent English skills, health insurance and meet any health or security requirements. The scheme will potentially allow every foreign student in Australia, currently 220,000, to remain in the country. […]

Australian Students Visa Applicants Who Held a Student Visa on 8 February 2010

By |April 12th, 2012|

A new web page  is available on the Australian Immigration Website for current and former Student visa holders who held a Student visa when the Australian Government announced the skilled migration reforms (8 February 2010).

Increasingly in the years leading up to the reforms, the composition of the skilled migration program was being determined by those who wished to apply, rather than by labour market demand. A series of reforms were necessary to reposition the program as demand driven and able to respond better to Australia’s skilled labour needs.


Indian Student Visa Applications On The Rise

By |March 7th, 2012|

The number of Australian visa applications from Indian students has more than doubled in the last 12 months, according to recent figures, prompting some to claim that Australia is regaining its appeal as a great country to study in.

The Australian High Commission in India reported that the number of Indian students applying for an Australian visa had increased by more than 100% in the last six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

“During the six month period from 1, July, 2011 to 31, December, 2011, a total of 5,342 student visa applications were lodged offshore by Indian nationals,” said Shekhar Namian, a spokesperson for New Delhi’s Australian High Commission. […]

TOEFL Scholarships Annouced – New Opportunities for Students

By |February 21st, 2012|

GDU readers may be interested to know that Education Testing Services (ETS) the creator of the TOEFL test, has recently launched the 2012 TOEFL Scholarship Program – providing students with the opportunity to study “anywhere around the world” at an institution that accepts the TOEFL test.

The scholarship program is designed to award TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-language proficiency.

In particular, ETS will be offering TOEFL Scholarships for students from China and India that wish to study in Australia. […]

Australian visa rules relaxed for students from 29 countries

By |February 16th, 2012|

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced that requirements for an Australian visa will be relaxed for students from 29 countries.

After ex-politician Michael Knight published a scathing report on the Australian visa application system and reports of a struggling education sector surfaced, a reform of the application process had been expected for some time.

However, despite the so called ‘Knight reforms’ calling for a complete review which included several restrictions being tightened, Mr Bowen has instead opted to only implement relaxations to the current system, claiming this will benefit the education industry. […]

Students Targeted By Relaxed Visa Regulations

By |January 19th, 2012|

The Australian education industry could be at risk of becoming victim to Australia’s thriving economy. The rising Australian dollar, combined with the collapse of some colleges has led to more and more international students reconsidering their decision to study in Australia.

Changes to the Australian visa application process have been made but, with the new processes still being rolled out and the new academic year about to get underway in Australia, several people within the education industry have raised their concerns. […]

Offshore student applications for Australian visas continue to fall

By |August 24th, 2011|

Figures recently released from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia have revealed a 20% fall in the number of students outside of Australia applying for an Australian visa.

In its quarterly report to June 2011, figures indicate that the overall number of student visa applications lodged was stabilised only by the number of applications from international students already in Australia, with overall figures showing a more modest fall in applications of 5% , however offshore applications are often seen as an indication of future demand and any sharp downward trend could be troubling to the market, as well as those looking to be assured that demand for skills will be partly met by offshore student visa applicants seeking immigration opportunities. […]

Australia Approves TOEFL Test Scores for Student Visas

By |May 30th, 2011|

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced last week that all international students who wish to study in Australia can now use TOEFL test scores as part of their visa application.

The TOEFL test is created by non-profit educational assessment and research organisation, Educational Testing Service (ETS).

This announcement represents a significant change for international students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries (such as China and India) and the higher education industry in Australia. […]

Australian Student Visa To Be Reviewed

By |April 2nd, 2011|

The Australian government has commissed a new review of the Australian student visa program, which will report to the government in mid 2011.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is undertaking a review of the Australian student visa program, with former minister Michael Knight appointed to carry out the review for presentation to the government in mid-2011.

It has been nearly 10 years since the student visa program was last reviewed, during which time the number of international students has more than doubled. […]

Student Visa Applications Continue to Fall

By |February 19th, 2011|

Data released yesterday by the Australia Department of Immigration shows that the number of international students choosing to come to Australia continues to fall.

Australia Visa applications from potential students outside Australia fell 32 per cent in the final six months of last year compared with those of the same period in 2009, which in turn had fallen 22 per cent compared with the same period in 2008.

The global financial crisis, the rising value of the Australian dollar, changes to migration rules and Australia visa processes have been a contributing factor to the decline. […]

Australian Student Visa Program To Be Reviewed

By |December 17th, 2010|

As the number of international students coming to Australia continues to drop, the Federal Government has announced a review of the student visa program.

The move is being welcomed by the education and business sectors.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans announced the review on Thursday.

“The Australian international education sector has come under increasing pressure as a result of the rising value of the Australian dollar, the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis in some countries, and growing competition from the United States , New Zealand and Canada for international students,” Senator Evans said. […]

Australian Student Visa Applicants Continue to Fall

By |December 5th, 2010|

The number of new international students coming to Australia is continuing to drop by more than 32,000 students, or 9.5 per cent, as of the end of October.

Government agency Australian Education International, has reported the number of total enrolments in Australia are down 1.4 per cent at 599,795 students.

The figures come as the Australian government continues to be lobbied by the international education sector to ease the tight Australian Student Visa restrictions that are discouraging applications. […]

Australian Student Visas will not be capped

By |June 14th, 2010|

The Rudd Government has no intention of putting a limit on the number of Australian Student Visas issued each year, the Australian Immigration Minister has announced.

The Australian Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans, said there was no basis for the concerns by education providers about the possible impact of proposed legislation that would allow the Government to cap and cease certain Australian visa sub classes.
“I want to assure the university sector and all providers of quality education that Australia will continue to welcome students from across the globe to study in our country,” he said.
“The proposed legislation is designed to provide flexibility in the management of the general skilled migration program and to ensure we are able to get the balance right when it comes to targeting the skilled workers we need.

“The legislation, which was introduced into Parliament last month, will allow the Government to control the numbers of visas issued in certain occupations if necessary but will not have any impact on students wishing to come to Australia to study.” […]

Student Visa For Australia

By |January 15th, 2010|

Australia is a very hot destination for the students of the overseas countries. The government of Australia is highly dedicated to provide world class educational methods to the future generations. For those reasons you should try and get a Student Visa for Australia!