From 1 July 2016 Student visa will be reduced to Student (subclass 570 and Student Guardian (subclass 590). The current Streamlined and non Streamlined (SVP) cease and thus new Simplified International Student Visa Framework will commence.
The new system will streamline application and processing requirements for student visa applicants with common criteria and genuineness of application for entry and stay as a student. This system will also simplify range of requirements including enrolment, financial and other requirements relating to visas previously held if the application is made in Australia.
The current regulatory assessment level framework and streamlined processing provisions will be repealed and new requirements introduced to strengthen the integrity of the program by providing a larger range of factors for decision makers to assess genuineness and the need for individuals to provide evidence of financial and English proficiency
The new system will also clarify for student visa holders, the conditions on the courses they are permitted to undertake and when a change of course would require them to apply for a new student visa. This makes student visa application and processing far easier to navigate, hopefully freeing up resources and reduce the processing time for all visas.
Source: Migration Institute of Australia www.mia.org.au