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24th February 2012
Volume 211

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Reduction of Certain Student Visa Assessment Levels
Current Processing for PG5
Processing time for MRT applications
Dear students, 


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Today we briefly cover the changes in assessment levels for student visas, an update of the Group 5 level applications still stuck in the que the waiting time for an MRT application.


In our next edition we will analyse the new Expression Of Interest criteria which begins on the 1st July 2012.

Reduction of Certain Student Visa Assessment Levels     



Last week, DIAC announced that they will lower some of the student visa assessment level in order to make visa application process easier for some students. The reductions of the assessment level will particularly affect students from 29 countries who are planning to do postgraduate research or vocational education and training courses as well as those who are keen to improve their English at language school in Australia.


You can find the list of countries and Student visa subclasses which will be affected by these changes in DIAC website:   



What is Student Visa Assessment Level (AL)?

When you are applying for a student visa, the country you are from and the education sector you will be studying in will determine the Assessment Level (AL) of your application. There are 5 levels. If you are in AL 1, it means you have the lowest immigration risk, whereas AL 5 means the highest. DIAC set higher requirements for applicants from higher risk countries. For these applications, you will need to prepare additional documents such as proof of English language, financial capacity and academic qualifications.



What do these changes mean to me?


If you are from one of the 29 countries and applying for a new student visa in the specified education sector on/after 24 March 2012, you will have fewer documents to submit. For example, if you are from South Korea and wish to study English course or vocational education and training (VET) course, or if you are coming from China or India to do postgraduate research, it will be easier for you to apply for student visa after these changes.


Current Processing for PG5


We mentioned in our previous newsletter (Vol. 207) that DIAC has begun processing applications on Priority Group 5 (PG5). Currently they are processing PG5 online applications lodged up to 1 August 2008. Although the DIAC website shows they are processing August ones, our office has received request e-mails from case officer for applications lodged in December 2008, so those who lodge application around this time may want to start preparing further documents to submit.


Even though you may think you have provided all the required documents, case officer may still ask for additional documents. For most of the applications, since it must have been more than 1 year since the application was lodged, case officer will request new police checks (from AFP and overseas) and medical check as they are valid only for 1 year. 
You can always wait until your case officer requests you in writing but you can also start preparing these documents (only if they are expired), so that the processing goes smoothly after a case officer is allocated and starts checking all your documents.  


Processing time for MRT applications


There have been a large number of review applications at MRT these days. It implies that it takes quite some time for MRT to finalise a case. For example, a review application for Skill linked refusal -such as for Subclass 485, 885, 886 and 176 etc- can take around 2 years until a decision is made by MRT. If the result is successful, then the application will be returned to DIAC for assessment.    



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Karl Konrad: Managing Director and

Jee Eun HAN, Executive Manager     

Australian Immigration Law Services

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 I see the Yo-Yo department is at it again playing around with the student visa assessment levels. So why the changes now? Does it mean they actually can see what a mess they have made of things?


This Yo-Yo approach to DIAC policies is played with a wrecking ball into our well founded education system. If they get bored just going up and down God help us if they try the loop the loop maneuver.


It must be hard running an educational institution in Australia these days. Sitting in their office must be like being perched on the Tower of Terror ride, bathed in a ball of sweat waiting for the big free fall to cut in. 


I mean really, if students want to come here, let them come. Who cares it they share 5 to a room to cope with Sydney`s rental market? It`s a bonding experience right?


Who cares if they come wanting residency, then citizenship, then run for parliament and become the Prime Minister? Hell that`s the wonder of a democratic society which Julia has already pulled off.


Throw out all this rubbish of having to demonstrate how parents kept a money box under their beds to pay for their children degree expenses. If they can pay for the tuition fees before the student arrives here to study, that`s good enough for me. I think most Australians would agree.


Who on earth cares where the money comes from anyway? If you have a lovely old grandfather who wants to share his wealth before he falls of the perch, then good on him. So what if he is a Mafia Godfather. Why is it that if your from the UK, USA and Japan for example, that DIAC doesn`t care how they pay for living here? What makes the money coming from India or China so different from their`s.


It should be compulsory for all government members to have experience in running a business before they can placed into parliament. If we have a great product to sell such as education to the outside world, then for goodness sake sell it properly.


Educational institutions are the V8`s of the Australian economy but DIAC has decided to hitch the nations beloved caravan to the back loaded with so many guidelines and regulations, the tow bar turns into a sparkler when drive is selected.


And what about this MRT waiting game?


I see that DIAC has been so busy rejecting many of the old PG5 applications for any reason they can lawfully justify, they may have forgotten that they all end up at the MRT. So when some new Yogi Bear case officer who doesn`t understand the points system properly, rejects the application, taxpayers money go wasted down the tube so the learned professionals can argue it out at the MRT.


Here is a recent real life example.


Jane has been waiting for 2.5 years in the PG5 group of applicants on a bridging visa just to get a case officer for her 885 visa. When she finally gets the Yogi Bear representative of the Minister he rejects the application demonstrating his lack of knowledge of the regulations. He doesn`t seek advice of the Skilled Migration DIAC policy section such as Jane had before lodging her application. He also doesn't ask Jane about it who just happens to have the written policy advice.


 SO for the $2575 Jane paid to have her application professionally assessed it is all over without even the courtesy of communicating with her to ask some questions about why she thought she could claim certain points. So Jane is now off to the MRT where she will most certainly win. However she needs to wait another two years before a hearing date will be issued.


In total then it`s going to be 4.5 years in Australia on a Bridging visa before her residency will be granted.


Dear Minister, if you can`t see the stupidity in what Jane has had to endure, then it is time for the back bench.




Karl Konrad

Managing Director 

Karl Konrad



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Executive Manager
Jee Eun Han





Australian Immigration Law Services  

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