The Department of Immigration and Border Protection regularly updates its policies regarding risk assessment.

Risk Assessments have traditionally focused on the passport holder of the applicant. However, changes recently made by the Department have seen a shift to considering both the applicant’s home country and the student’s education provider.

This change is likely linked to the scandalous rorts involving Commonwealth funds and shonky education providers targeting the vulnerable in Australian society: persons who lacked capacity, disabled and even those who are overseas visitors looking to complete a legitimate course in Australia.

See here for a recent example involving the ACCC and Careers Australia.

The ‘Simplified student visa framework’ (‘SSVF’) came into effect on 1 July 2016. It is a single immigration risk framework that applies to all international students and replaces the previous streamlined visa processing and Assessment Level frameworks.

Often a point of political contention particularly for student visas and temporary worker visas, this latest framework attempts to close some of the loopholes exploited by rogue immigration agents and non-genuine temporary entrants.

Under the SSVF, the combined immigration risk framework outcomes of a student’s education provider and their country of citizenship will be used together to guide the level of documentary evidence of English language and financial capacity that the student needs to provide with their visa application.

After combining the two factors students are then either characterised as low risk (ie. Streamlined), or high risk (regular) and this determines what documentary evidence must provide with their application. However, case officers still retain the discretion to ask for further documentation from ‘streamlined’ applicants or less from ‘regular’ applicants on a case by case basis.

For more information about student visas do not hesitate in contacting West Aussie Migration today.