AUSTRALIA: A Destination for Higher Studies
Australia, a place of endless possibilities is one of most popular destinations for higher studies abroad. It's always among top five popular study destinations for international students. No doubt the other countries like Canada, US & New Zealand release their international education strategies time to time to attract more students. Even asian countries like Singapore & Malaysia also revamp their strategies and efforts to attract more students but still Australia is maintaining it's position. In 2012, Australian government has also relaxed visa rules for international students. Indian students also see Australia as one of best choice.
Knight Reforms & SVP
Australian government has implemented reforms suggested by Knight Commission. As per new rules under streamlined visa process (SVP) student applying for Australian Visa has to show less documentation and less show money. Streamlined visa processing is designed for international students applying to study in Australia at a participating university. A list of participating Universities and College has been released. Under this system, applicants are treated as though they are lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin.
'Australian Study Visa' Requirements
If you are planning to study in Australia, you will need to obtain Australian study visa. Visa officer assessing your application will check your application from different aspects. Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set different requirements that student must fulfil. These requirements are as under
- Genuine Student
- Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
- Financial requirements,
- English proficiency requirements,
- Health and Character requirements.
What is a 'Genuine Student' requirement
This requirement states that student must be genuine. In other words you have to show that you intend to obtain a valid educational outcome and that you have reasonable language, educational and material background to be a genuine student. While assessing visa application, visa office can check your English language proficiency, Sufficient finances, Prerequisite schooling (such as secondary and post-secondary education), Age requirements and Intention to comply with visa conditions.
What is 'Genuine Temporary Entrant ' (GTE)
Introduced in November 2011, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requires a student applying for study visa must be Genuine Temporary Entrants. This means that your primary purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study and along with that you have the required English proficiency, you accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and adhering to the conditions on your visa, you have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, OSHC. In brief your purpose must be to study in Australia and nothing else.
The decision-makers at DIAC will consider the following factors:
- The circumstances in your home country
- The potential circumstances for you in Australia
- The value of your chosen course to your future
- Your immigration history
- Any other relevant matters
While deciding whether you are both a genuine student and a GTE, you may be asked to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.
New Rules under SVP introduced in (March 2012)
The Australian government has lowered visa assessment levels for students from 38 countries, including India, under which now students will be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of a student visa. These may include evidence of English language proficiency, financial capacity and academic qualification. A system called SVP (Streamline Visa Processing) is started to implement new rules.
It’s an initiative implemented on the 24 March 2012 by DIAC. This was the result of a review by the Australian Government of the Australian student visa processing system. Under this system students are required to show less documentation at the visa application. Students applying under SVP will be assessed as a lower migration risk
Applying with Streamlines Visa Processing
If you are applying under SVP, first of all you need Confirmation Of Enrolment (COE) from any of participating University or College. Under SVP student can apply in Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral level as student in these courses are considered as low migration risk regardless of their country of origin. Now SVP is available for Advanced Diploma Courses.
SVP is not available to students applying in Short courses, associate degrees, Graduate Diplomas, Graduate certificates.
Another important requirement in this visa system is that student must fulfil GTE criteria.
Post study work permit for Students
There is arrangement of post study work permit for students completing Bachelors, Masters or Phd. This is applicable for those students who have made student visa application after 5th November 2011. To apply for PSW Visa in Australia, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree (or a higher level course such as a Masters or PhD) in Australia. Graduates who have completed Bachelor or Masters (Course Work ) will be eligible to apply 2 years post study work permit where are graduates completing Masters( Research) will be eligible to apply 3-4 year post study work permit.
To be eligible for post study work permit, graduate also need to fullfil other requirements of Australian study requirement.The Australian study requirement is defined as study in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for a period of at least 2 academic years (92 weeks). The course should be conducted in English and duration should not be less than 16 calendar months.
English requirement is also important point to be eligible for post study permit. Candidate need to have cleared IELTS Exam with not less than 6 bands in each medule.
Under SVP system, genuine students fulfilling GTA criteria will be benefited.
© 2011 Jaspal Singh
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