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!

 

 

November 10, 2023

The 2023–24 State & Territory nomination allocations have been released by the Australian Government

2023-24 State and Territory Nomination Allocations

The numbers show a  significant decrease in available slots compared to the previous year. New South Wales and Victoria have the highest allocations because they are the most populated states in Australia. Northern Territory has by far the least places available and the program is currently closed for new applications.

Were you planning to apply for a Skilled Visa? What to do now?

The 190 + 491 Visas are points-based. Every applicant needs at least 65 points to qualify. However, 65 points is the bare minimum. Especially popular occupations such as accountants or marketing specialists don’t get far with low points.

The best way to succeed is to achieve higher scores in the points test and be better than the other applicants you are competing with.

Book in for a consultation with our Migration Team and we give you more tips and tricks on how to make an application with the best chances of success! 

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