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!

 

 

February 6, 2024

Dreaming of a new career Down Under? 🇦🇺

 

Check out the Top 10 most frequently nominated occupations for the 482 TSS Visa!

 

1. Software Engineer (261313)

2. Chef (351311)

3. ICT Business Analyst (261111)

4. Resident Medical Officer (253112)

5. Developer Programmer (261312)

6. Motor Mechanic (General) (321211)

7. Management Consultant (224711)

8. External Auditor (221213)

9. Accountant (General) (221111)

10. Cafe or Restaurant Manager (141111)

 

Why these professions?

These are in-demand professions in Australia, and your skills are the key to your Aussie adventure!

Your Aussie adventure starts here

Embarking on a career journey in Australia involves more than just selecting a profession. The visa application process is a crucial aspect, and that’s where we come in. Our expert guidance ensures a smooth transition, helping you navigate the complexities of the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa application.  Reach out to us for expert guidance on the visa process and career opportunities.

How can we help?
  1. Visa Process Simplified: We break down the visa process into manageable steps, ensuring clarity and understanding at every stage.
  2. Career Opportunities: Explore the vast landscape of career opportunities in your chosen profession. We provide insights into the Australian job market to help you make informed decisions.
  3. Tailored Guidance: Our team offers personalised advice, addressing your unique needs and concerns throughout the entire process.

Ready to take the 1st Step?

Your Australian adventure begins with a simple step – contact us! Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, the land Down Under welcomes diverse talents.

Let us help you with your dream career. Contact us today, and let’s make your Australia journey a dream come true!

January 3, 2024

Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

THE EXTENSION OF WORK RIGHTS BEYOND THE SIX-MONTH LIMITATION FOR WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has officially confirmed changes to the policy arrangements around condition 8547.

Effective 1 January 2024, Working Holiday Makers will need to request an extension beyond the standard six-month limitation, unless they meet the exemptions in place. 

The new process requires individuals to take the responsibility and actively request an extension themselves if they wish to continue working in Australia beyond the initial six months and have the limitation removed.

However, the specific details regarding these exemptions are yet to be fully outlined, and the Department of Home Affairs has promised further information following an upcoming review. This leaves room for anticipation as we await more comprehensive updates, set to be released in early 2024.

WORKING HOLIDAY EXTENSION: NEW RULES AND TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS

As of 1 January 2024, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs has decided on an extension to the exemption process for visa condition 8547.

TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS EXPLAINED

Until the Australian Government has further discussions regarding the Working Holiday Makers reform, Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment with the same employer beyond 6 months without seeking permission only if the following circumstances apply:

  1. Working in different locations: Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment if they work in various locations, as long as the duration of employment in any single location does not exceed 6 months.
  2. Employment in plant and animal cultivation: Individuals engaged in plant and animal cultivation activities in Australia are eligible for an extension.
  3. Specific industries: Exemptions apply to certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction, and mining. However, these exemptions are limited to Northern Australia.
  4. Natural disaster recovery work: Those involved in natural disaster recovery work, starting from 17 February 2020, are eligible for an extension.
  5. Sanctioned critical sectors: Workers in critical sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care, childcare (from 4 April 2020), and tourism and hospitality (from 8 May 2020) can extend their employment without seeking additional permission.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR CONDITION 8547 EXTENSIONS

 How to apply for Condition 8547 extensions

In a recent update by the Department of Home Affairs, changes to the Working Holiday program have been announced, specifically regarding the extension of work rights beyond the standard six-month limitation.

While certain exemptions exist, those not covered by these exceptions are required to seek permission for extended employment with one employer. This article outlines the guidelines and procedures for Working Holiday Makers who fall outside the specified exemptions.

A new web form for extension applications is anticipated to be operational starting 22 December 2023. During this time, the Home Affairs Department will process applications that adhere to the guidelines below:

Alternatively, applicants can send an email to Working.Holiday@homeaffairs.gov.au, clearly stating:

  • commencement date of employment and the anticipated end date of the six-month period.
  • comprehensive details justifying the need for an extension beyond six months.
  • intended duration for continuing employment with the employer.
  • include supporting documentation from the employer, such as a one-page letter on company letterhead outlining exceptional circumstances.

For individuals who have already submitted requests for approval to work beyond six months with the same employer, employment can continue until a written outcome is received.

Stay informed as we anticipate further announcements in 2024 that will provide additional insights into broader changes expected in the Working Holiday program. We will keep you updated on any developments that may impact your experience as a Working Holiday Maker in Australia.

For personalised assistance and advice on your specific situation, book a consultation with our experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents today. Your journey to a seamless experience in Australia begins with guidance from our visa specialists!

 

 

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