New student visa framework effective 1 July 2016

From 1 July 2016 a new student visa framework will take effect.  The new framework aims to simplify the process and reduces the current eight student visa subclasses down to two: ‘Subclass 500 – Student’ (Subclass 500) and ‘Subclass 590 – Student Guardian’ (Subclass 590).

The new Subclass 500 will replace the student Subclasses 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575 and 576. The new Subclass 590 will replace the student Subclass 580.

Some of the features of the Subclass 500 visa, under the new framework, include:

  • No restriction on the physical location of an applicant at time of application or grant of the visa e.g. the applicant can be in or outside Australia.
  • Strengthening of the genuine temporary entry criteria as a key integrity measure to enable non-genuine applicants to be refused the grant of the visa.
  • Removal of streamlined visa processing
  • Removal of the country assessment levels which have been replaced by requirements in the Subclass 500 visa itself. The objective of this is to increase flexibility for decision makers to require applicants to provide evidence of English and financial capability based on an assessment of the applicant’s individual circumstances and risk factors.

The new framework has been described by Minister Cash as “a broader, simpler, fairer framework”.

Do you need assistance with a migration application?  Would you like to make an appointment to discuss your migration matter? If so, talk to Crawford Yorke (Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent) or Mayo Tuohy (Registered Migration Agent) on (08) 9228 2881

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