Australia As a new Policy SSVF (Simplified Student Visa Framework)
Future directions for streamlined visa processing
New simplified student visa framework
On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government released the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report and announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector.
Subject to the regulatory change process, it is expected that the SSVF will be implemented by mid-2016.
A copy of the Future directions for streamlined visa processing report can be viewed on our website.
Current structure of the student visa programme
The student visa framework is currently quite complex, encompassing eight visa subclasses, the Assessment Level framework and streamlined visa processing arrangements.
Currently, prospective students must apply for the student visa subclass applicable to their intended level of study, for example, subclass 573 for Higher Education.
Prospective student visa applicants are then either assessed under the Assessment Level (AL) framework or streamlined visa processing (SVP) arrangements. These frameworks primarily determine the level of evidence of financial capacity, English language proficiency and academic background that the student needs to provide with their student visa application.
- Key Changes
- Reason for Change
- Commencement Date
- Financial and Language
- Impact of the SSVF
- Impact of SSVF
- More Info.
Key changes under the SSVF are:
- a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
- the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.
Reason for Change
The changes are designed to make the student visa framework simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and create a level playing field for all education providers.
Subject to the regulatory change process, it is expected that the SSVF will be implemented from mid-2016.
Applying for a student visa under the SSVF
The SSVF is intended to replace existing streamlined visa processing and AL framework arrangements.
Under the SSVF, the combined immigration risk outcomes of the student’s education provider and country of citizenship will be used to guide the level of documentation relating to financial capacity and English language proficiency that the student would need to provide with their student visa application.
Additionally, students would no longer apply for a specific student visa subclass applicable to their level of study for example, subclass 573 for Higher Education. Rather, it is intended that there will be only one student visa subclass for which all prospective students will apply.
Financial and English language documentary requirements when applying for a student visa under the SSVF
It is intended that students will be able to identify what documents they will be required to provide with their visa application by entering their intended education provider and country of citizenship into an online tool.
The level of documentary evidence required in relation to financial and English language capacity will be guided by the combined immigration risk of the prospective student’s education provider and country of citizenship.
Generally, students enrolled at an education provider with the lowest immigration risk outcomes will have lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality. Students enrolled at an education provider with the highest immigration risk outcomes will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements if they are from a country with the lowest immigration risk.
Impact of the SSVF on eligibility for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) or other types of visa
The eligibility criteria for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will not change.
Impact of the SSVF on existing student visa holders
The SSVF is intended to apply only to student visa applications lodged after the middle of 2016 and is not expected to affect existing student visa holders.
Applying for a student visa prior to the introduction of the SSVF
Current student visa processing arrangements will remain unchanged until the SSVF is implemented in mid-2016.
As it becomes available, further information will be updated on the Department’s website at www.border.gov.au
MBA Program Fees & Costs International Students
The Australian MBA fees and costs for international students depend on a number of variables including the length of course, location, reputation of business school, materials, and other associated inputs.
In general the fees for international students include a premium over the fees for local students.
This list shows the latest MBA fees for local students for 2017. It is possible to determine the relative value of the fees for international students from this table. The Australian MBA fees for 2018 might be different from those displayed below.
These fees are presented as a general guide only and no warranty is provided regarding their accuracy.
You must check with the relevant institution to obtain the current fee structure regarding the program in which you are interested
Also note, the fees listed are not comparing the same things. The differences may be partly due to:
- Programs running for different lengths of time (from 1 year to 2 years full time)
- Programs having different sets of infrastructure and overhead costs (with online programs having lower costs than those held in the major cities)
- Programs offering different levels of contact with some programs having intensive residentials and others based around the students being required to undertake a greater amount of private study.
The fees are therefore presented only out of interest as a general guide to what it would cost to obtain the particular qualification. It is up to the student to explore exactly what it is that they will be paying for and whether or not this represents value for money in both an absolute and a relative sense.
Note: Fees are listed in Australian Dollars (AUD$). Fees might not be accurate. You must check fees with the program providers.
Note 2: The fee list is for local students and is provided to compare the base costs. Fees and costs for international students might have an additional component. Check the fees with the program provider for confirmation.