Month: February 2012

Introduction of Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangements for students

In response to the Knight Review commissioned by the Australian Government to assess the current student visa program, important changes will be introduced to improve the processing arrangements of student visas in recognition of the importance of the international student market to the Australian economy.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced that in the second half of 2012, Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangements (the SVP Arrangements) will be introduced. The SVP Arrangements are intended to reduce processing times and streamline the administration requirements for certain students of eligible universities.

The applicable student visa criteria for students to whom the SVP Arrangements apply to, will be those for the current lowest Assessment Level regardless of the student’s country of citizenship.

Universities are required to apply to DIAC to be deemed “eligible universities” under the scheme.

Should you require advice regarding student visa arrangements, please contact us for further information.

This is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.


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