Monday the 17th March 2014
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At last the changes that the Education Sector needs  


A new instrument released recently in relation to eligible Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) educational institutes has specified changes to some clauses of the Migration Regulation which will be effective 22nd of March, 2014. 


Streamline Visa Processing is less rigorous processing that used to be available to international students from higher assessment level countries, in 2012 it was made available only the pupils of Universities and in 2013 22 low risk non-university education providers were added to the list of eligible institutions. With the latest instrument becoming effective next week, there has been an addition to the number of eligible non-university educational providers.


Students with a CoE for an eligible course in a participating educational institute in Australia generally have reduced evidence requirements when applying for a student visa, regardless of their country of origin, as they would be assessed as though they were a lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1). They just get rid of the extensive documentary burdens that exist for lower Assessment level countries.


In addition, all applicants are still be subject to basic requirements such as having health insurance and not being a security or health risk. The department also reserves the right to look more closely at applications that pose a particular concern.


To be eligible for streamlined visa processing, students need to provide a CoE for an eligible course at a participating institute when lodging their student visa applications. You can find the updated list of eligible SVP institutions here.


You can see previous news articles regarding stream line visa processing by clicking on the following links:


  1. Good colleges denied fast visas
  2. No streamline visa processing for sub degrees.
  3. Student visas rise.







Karl Konrad
Karl Konrad
It's hard to imagine why the previous Labour government didn't bring in these changes. We have to commend the current government demonstrating leadership on these issues and more than that, having the courage to carry out tough decisions.

Now we may not all agree on the strategies in DIBP policies but one has to admire people who have vision to get things done and then actually do it.

Soon these changes will bring a windfall for the Australian economy. Three cheers for this decision.

Yes we all know there will be many students who will come to Australia with a different agenda other than studying. So what? Let them come and spend money. In the end they will be sorted out and even if some become illegal, they will be eventually caught, processed and sent home.

It maybe true that the DIBP will have to add staff to cope with the rise of visa cancellations and reports of non-compliance. However that should be seen as a cost of doing business in the education sector, not as some kind of rally point for restricting students coming to Australia.

The previous government incorrectly focused on the later and that has cost Australia dearly. Lets hope such a narrow view doesn't return.


Karl Konrad 



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