Australia Study Under SSVF

 

What you need to know about SSVF

As you may already know, the Australian Government implemented the new Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) on 1 July 2016 to support Australia’s education services sector. Although this is great news for overseas students wanting to apply for student visas in Australia, many people have been asking a number of different questions, the most common of all being…”what does this mean for me?”
In a nutshell, these changes mean that the process of applying for a student visa is now simpler and more effective than ever before. How? Well, luckily, we’ve summarised all your most frequently asked questions with answers to match in the hope that all your SSVF queries will be answered!

Why has the Streamline Visa Processing (SVP) changed to the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)?

The SVP is quite complex with all its subclasses, assessment level frameworks and visa processing arrangements. More often than not, the processing alone becomes tedious and stressful, not only for overseas students and agents, but to the Immigration Department and education sectors as well.
According to the Australian Government, “The SSVF has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reduce red tape for business”.

What are the most significant changes?

The reduction of eight subclasses to only two. These being: Student Visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590).
The introduction of a single immigration risk framework wherein all foreign students will be assessed, regardless of their chosen course of study.
The use of ImmiAccount, where all applications for student visas and student guardian visas must be completed. This means the application process is now all online.

What does the Student Visa (subclass 500) cover?

This visa allows international students to study in a recognised education institution on a full-time basis.

What are its requirements?

To be qualified for this visa, students must have applied for, and been accepted to, study in a registered full-time course at an educational institution in Australia.
International students below the age of 18 must have organised suitable welfare arrangements for the duration of their stay in Australia.

What does the Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590) cover?

This visa is intended for parents or guardians of international students under the age of 18 holding student visas in Australia.

What are its requirements?

To be qualified for this visa, the person should be at least 21 years old and have custody of the student.
They should not bring family members below the age of six along, except under certain circumstances.
They should be capable of providing accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student.

What is a single immigration risk framework?

With the new and simpler framework, the amount of evidence will depend on the combined immigration risk outcomes of the students’ chosen education provider and their country of citizenship. That said, students associated with the lowest immigration risk will have evidentiary requirements streamlined, and those with the highest immigration risk will have the “regular” evidentiary requirements.
Applications processed under streamlined visas will have fewer documents of evidence, compared with the regular ones where applicants are required to provide additional evidence.
There’s a Checklist Tool from the Government that will help students determine the right documents they need to proceed with their application. It is fully functional and accessible at any level of the visa application process.

What are the financial capacity requirements?

International students must have sufficient funds to meet their daily expenses and tuition costs throughout their study abroad programs in Australia. For international students classified in the high-risk immigration category based on their chosen education provider and country of origin, they are more likely required to provide additional evidence of their financial capacity. In that case, they need to provide
Evidence of sufficient funds that can cover 1 year tuition fee, travel to Australia and 12 months of living costs and school fees of dependent children
Evidence of meeting the required annual income of at least $60,000, or $70,000 when accompanied by a family, or For secondary exchange students, an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form.
Generally, student visa applicants who are classified in the low-risk immigration category will only need to declare that they are financially capable of supporting themselves and meeting their school fees.

What are the responsibilities of education providers?

The SSVF will not only create an equal environment for Australian education providers, but will also lessen the burden when it comes to ensuring the compliance of foreign students with immigration rules. However, it is the responsibility of education providers to report students who do not comply with the course requirements of their visas, achieve satisfactory attendance, complete their enrolled courses, or maintain satisfactory course progress. For international students under 18 years of age, education providers must approve welfare arrangements. They need to report through PRISMS for any changes to the care arrangements, such as changes in the type of accommodation.

INSTITUTIONS UNDER SSVF D2D PROGRAM

(VICTORIA) MELBOURNE

  1. RMIT University
  2. Swinburne University of Technology
  3. Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  4. La Trobe University
  5. Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
  6. Federation University (Mt Helen Campus) (Formerly known as University of Ballarat) (Regional)– FedUni
  7. Central Queensland University (CQU)
  8. Charles Sturt University (CSU), Melbourne
  9. Southern Cross University, Melbourne
  10. Charles Darwin University, Melbourne with ATMC
  11. University Of the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne with ATMC
  12. Asia Pacific International College (APIC)
  13. Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with Federation University
  14. Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC) in partnership with Federation University
  15. AAPoly in partnership with Federation University
  16. Chisholm Institute of TAFE in partnership with Deakin University, Victoria University and La Trobe
  17. Kangan Institute in partnership with Victoria University and La Trobe
  18. Sunraysia TAFE with Deakin, Federation University and La Trobe
  19. Deakin College (Formerly known as MIBT) in partnership with Deakin University

TASMANIA (HOBART)

  1. University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  2. TAFE Tasmania in partnership with UTAS

NORTHERN TERRITORY (DARWIN)

  1. Charles Darwin University (CDU) Regional

(NSW) SYDNEY

  1. Central Queensland University (CQU)
  2. Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  3. Macquarie University
  4. Charles Darwin University (CDU), Sydney Campus
  5. Charles Sturt University (CSU), Sydney Campus (SGA)
  6. Victoria University (ECA Campus)
  7. University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Sydney Campus
  8. Southern Cross University (SCU), Sydney
  9. Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with Federation University
  10. International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT) in partnership with FedUni
  11. Latrobe University, Sydney Campus – Navitas
  12. Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC) in partnership with FedUni
  13. NIC in partnership with University of New Castle
  14. Zenith Business Academy (ZBA) in partnership with Victoria University, Sydney
  15. Blue Mountains Hotel School

(SOUTH AUSTRALIA) ADELAIDE

  1. TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)
  2. William Light Institute offering courses of Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  3. International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT) in partnership with FedUni