Changes to the student visa programme 2016-2017

The new application process for student visas, The Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF), for the 2016-2017 is now out. Lucky for prospective students, it has never been easier for you to come study in Australia. According to Department of Immigration and Border Protection, there will be only one student visa available (Visa subclass 500) to study in Australia. This means that regardless of what you are studying, you will all be applying for the Student visa (subclass 500). Your student Guardian will have to apply for the new student Guardian visa (subclass 590). Furthermore, all student guardians will now have to apply for their visas online by creating an account in ImmiAccount
The amendment also states that this change does not affect those who are currently studying in Australia. However, after July 1st, 2016, family members of those currently studying in Australia will have to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500) as well.
Another significant change is that all Students under visa subclass 500 must maintain enrolment at the same level or higher AQF unless they are undertaking a doctoral degree (AQF10) and transfer to a master’s degree (AQF9). 
Your study requirements for your desired course may also require you to provide further documentation to allow you to study in Australia. The SSVF has also changed the criteria of these as well. Changes may have influenced your English language requirements and financial capacity requirements for your eligibility to study in Australia which differ according to your country’s Immigration risk level. Read about the English language requirements and financial capacity requirements.
If you have any questions about the changes to the Student visa programme, come to us at Spiible with your questions! Contact us via our email or message us on our Facebook page. Also don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news and handy tips that affects International Students!


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