International Student Visa Australia
Even a few years ago, the influx of international students in Australia was not as high as it has been in 2015. Many interested students did not get student visas and some got them late. Apart from issues in the application process, there were also existing international students who started going back to their native place as they did not get their dream job in the country.
However, a lot has changed for the better now. The implementation of Stage I recommendations of the Knight Review, fast processing of the visa applications, relaxation of the eligibility of visa assessment process, post-study work changes for the students planning to migrate to the country, and many more such amendments have inculcated a friendly atmosphere in the country. Migrants looking forward to settle permanently in the country and international students looking for job-oriented or highly sought-after academic courses can now easily get their desired goals without much wait-period.
Stage I Knight Review Recommendations
The implementation of Knight Review changes have started since November, 2011 by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The amendments include:
- Reduction in assessment level for various student visa subclasses
- Introduction of the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) for all types of student visa that would allow international students to visit their native land after study
- Deletion of English language test for student visa subclass 570 by removing assessment Level 4 and Level 5
- Enhancement of visa period by 6 months for student visa subclass 574 that would allow PG researchers to work for a longer time in the country
- Permitting prepaid fees at homestays through education providers
- Deletion of Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) policy for Assessment Level 3 and 4 student visa applications
- Allowing international students to include Confirmation of Enrollment only for their application formalities
Apart from allowing work possibilities for the researchers, the student visa recommendations also allow international students to access part-time jobs in the Australian job market. Fast-track visa would allow the students to land in the country, work on various hands-on projects that would allow them to study job-oriented courses with internship programs.
Expected Influx of International Students
The changes of the recommendations are likely to rope in long term international students, such as researchers. The post-study work visa is all set to be introduced in March 2013 that would allow the students to study and work more in Australia. The effects of this change are expected to be seen in later part of 2013. Surveys estimate that more students are likely to stay back in Australia and an increased number of student visa holders would come in from September, 2015.
In short, DIAC hopes to rope-in more number of foreign students by at least 20,000.