April 19, 2024

Changes to Australian Student and Graduate Visas

Australia is tightening its student and graduate visa requirements. Visa refusals are at a record high.

From increased English language requirements to a revamped application process. Staying informed and prepared for what lies ahead is important.  We are here to guide you through these transitions, ensuring you navigate them smoothly and emerge successfully in your pursuit of education and new life in Australia.


First off, let’s talk about the English Language Requirement.

Changes to Australian Student Visa










For Student visas (subclass 500)

  • The minimum test score for the English proficiency requirement required for a Student visa increases from IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 (or its equivalent in PTE).
  • The minimum score required to undertake a packaged ELICOS from IELTS increases from 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students undertaking accredited university foundation or pathway programs that provide reputable English language training require a test score of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

For Temporary Graduate visas (subclass 485)

  • The minimum IELTS score has been raised from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 required for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
  • Additionally, the validity window for the English language test has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year, emphasising the importance of recent language proficiency.
  • Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are exempt from meeting the increased minimum English language requirement. The criteria for this group remains at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 required for each component of the test.

Increasing English language requirements for students undertaking VET and higher education courses requires a similar increase in scores for those taking packaged ELICOS courses.

Yes, that is right. The Australian Government is raising the bar!


First off, let's talk about the English Language Requirement.


But that’s not all – say goodbye to the Genuine Temporary Entrant criterion (GTE) and hello to the Genuine Student Requirement.

The 300-word statement in the student visa application form will be replaced with targeted questions in the Genuine Student Requirement. The GTE requirement will be retained for Student Guardian visa applicants.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, no more jumping through hoops to prove your temporary stay intentions. Instead, you’ll need to answer a set of questions related to your application. 

The Genuine Student requirement evaluates the applicant’s genuine intention to study in Australia, considering factors such as their personal situation, evidence of course advancement, immigration record, compliance to visa conditions, and other relevant details.

These changes apply to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications lodged on and after 23 March 2024. This is aimed at safeguarding Australia’s education system and attracting high-quality students and to help the Department of Home Affairs identify students who are not genuinely interested in studying in Australia but have other motives for entering the country.


Changes to Australian Student Visa


Here’s another update for those considering a switch from a Visitor Visa to a Student Visa once you’re in Australia. The Department has announced that they will put  “No Further Stay Conditions” on Visitor Visas.

What does it mean for you? You won’t be able to apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. It’s a crucial obstacle that requires careful consideration and strategic planning for prospective students.

We know this is a lot and it can be overwhelming. We at Auspire Immigration Services, understand the importance of navigating these changes with confidence and clarity.

Our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents and Education Agents is here to provide personalised guidance and support every step of the way. Whether you need assistance with visa applications, language proficiency tests, or academic pathways, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

So if you need help, you can contact our office for advice and assistance. Book a consultation and our team of Immigration Lawyers, Registered Migration Agents, and Education Agents will assist you!



March 26, 2024

Your Guide to Australian Student Visas: Common Refusal Reasons with Expert Help


Are you dreaming of studying in Australia? Navigating the process of obtaining a Student Visa can be daunting, especially with the possibility of rejection. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can avoid these common mistakes and increase your chances of success. 

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the 7 common reasons why Australian student visa applications get rejected and show you how our Immigration Specialists can help you overcome these challenges every step of the way. 

7 common reasons of Australian student visa rejection


  1. Failure to meet the Genuine Student (GS) requirement: All applicants applying for a Student visa need to demonstrate their intentions for coming to Australia by answering a set of questions.The Department of Home Affairs takes into account your personal circumstances when evaluating your status as a Genuine Student. As an applicant, it’s advisable to provide a written statement in English addressing the specific requirements. This not only showcases your English proficiency but also creates a positive initial impression. Our experienced Education & Migration Team can provide you with excellent guidance so that you meet this requirement effortlessly.
  2. Failure to meet English requirements: For many international students, proving English proficiency is a major requirement for Australian student visas. It doesn’t matter if English is your native language or not – being able to show your proficiency is super important.Prepare for a recognised English language tests like IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. Scoring at least 6.0 in IELTS or the equivalent score in PTE or TOEFL is the minimum requirement. If you fail to achieve these scores, your visa application is likely to be rejected.
  3. Failure to meet Academic Qualification: Ensure your qualifications align with your chosen course. To obtain a student visa, applicants must fulfill the required academic standards. Each education provider sets specific academic criteria corresponding to the chosen course of study.Failure to meet these requirements may lead to visa refusal. Moreover, if a student has a less-than-ideal academic background, they should provide a statement outlining their future academic aspirations to align with Australian education standards. Our Education & Immigration Team will help you understand and meet Australian academic standards.
  4. Incorrect or Incomplete documents: Avoid the mistake of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. The documents provided during the visa application process must be genuine. Failure to submit all required documents or submitting fraudulent documents will cause significant problems and eventually result in the rejection of the visa application, and you may be banned from future applications. Our Education Migration Team is meticulous in reviewing your documents to ensure every detail is correct. 
  5. Financial Stability: Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel, tuition fees, and living expenses while you’re in Australia. Currently, student visa applicants will need to show they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs. This can be substituted by showing that you have someone to sponsor you, e.g. your spouse or your parents.Submitting bank statements is a requirement, or if financial support comes from relatives, providing related documentation is necessary. We can guide you through the financial criteria to meet Australian immigration requirements.

    7 Common reasons for Australian Student visa rejection - Financial Stability

  6. Reasons and Intention for Choosing Australia: Students should clearly articulate their reasons for choosing Australia as their study destination over their home country. They may highlight factors such as the quality of education and facilities offered by Australian institutions as determining factors.Australian officials assess these statements to ascertain that students have genuine intentions. You will benefit greatly from our personalised assistance and addressing any possible issues to the satisfaction of the case officer.
  7. Criminal Record Disclosure: If you have a criminal record, you may face additional scrutiny or even outright rejection of your visa application. Australian immigration regulations mandate a character evaluation, which includes disclosing any past criminal involvement.To maintain transparency, applicants should disclose their background, including any minor criminal occurrences, in their application. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on how to navigate complex issues and provide support as well as advocacy when presenting your case to immigration authorities. 


In conclusion, obtaining an Australian student visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. With the right preparation and guidance, your visa will be a success. 

We offer advice and assistance with your student visa application. We are a team of Education Agents, Registered Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers. We assist our clients from start to finish, including course enrolment. We can also support you with the appeal procedure at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Trust our expertise to navigate the process smoothly. Contact us today for personalised support on your visa and immigration journey.


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