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Simpler, faster Australian student visas

Did you know the student visa changes announced on 29 October 2013 will benefit overseas students and international education providers? This package of measures will simplify student visas through:Study in Australia

  • a refined assessment level (AL) framework
  • the extension of streamlined visa processing to certain non-university degree providers.

These changes will make Australia's education system even more attractive.

Simplifying the AL framework will benefit students from countries such as China and India and will assist vocational education and training students.

Assessment levels will reduce from five levels to three, while financial evidence for AL3 students will reduce from 18 to 12 months—provided funds are from a close relative of the student visa applicant. Both these changes are subject to the legislative change process, so they are proposed changes until formally recognised in legislation from March 2014. If the proposed changes do go through the legislative process as intended, students from many countries will be able to apply for a student visa with up to A$40 000 less in the bank.

Visit our website for more information about the simplified assessment levels and new visa processing arrangements or, if you have a question about the changes, join us this Wednesday on Facebook where we will be hosting a live chat. Visit the event on our Facebook page to post your student visa questions.

What: international student Facebook live chat.

When: 2–3 pm, Wednesday 20 November (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Where: online, on the department’s Facebook event page at international student Facebook live chat.

‘Like’ the department’s Facebook page before Wednesday to follow updates about the event.

This online event is a great opportunity to have all your international student-related questions answered.