Changes to Student Visa framework

changes to student visa framework in australia

On 19 April 2016, the Government introduced far-reaching changes to the Student Visa program, which included the Subclasses 570, 571, 572, 573, 575 and 580. These changes form part of the Government’s previously announced simplification of the Australian visa application framework.

The new Student Visa framework commences on 1 July 2016.

The new framework has 2 visas: the Student (subclass 500) Visa and the Student Guardian (Subclass 590) visa.

Some of the key changes under the new framework include:

  • Reduction in the number of Student visa categories from 6 to 2 subclasses.gall-6
  • Introduction of a subsequent temporary entry charge for students currently holding a student or guadian visa at the time of applying for a new subclass 500 or 590 visa
  • Visa applicants are not required to pay first instalment visa application charge for a new student visa in circumstances of default by the previous education provider
  • Holders of Domestic Worker (subclass 426) diplomatic stream, Temporary Worker (subclass 403) domestic work diplomatic stream, Diplomatic (subclass 995), Transit (subclass 771) and Visitor (subclass 600) family sponsored stream Visas are precluded from applying for student visas onshore
  • Changes to forms, place and manner of applying for Student and Student Guardian visas
  • Changes to level of evidence of financial capacity required for Student and Student Guardian visas
  • Changes to the English language tests, scores and exemptions.

For further information about the changes to the Student Visa framework, please contact our office on

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