New simplified student visa framework from July

The new simplified student visa framework will affect new international students and family members of international students.

Australian Student Visa

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has made changes to the student visa framework for studying in Australia. The new simplified student visa framework will kick in from 1 July this year.

Under the new framework, there will be only one student visa available to study in Australia. International students will apply for a single student visa- subclass 500, regardless of their chosen course of study.

All students and their family members will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.
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Existing international students with visa subclass numbers 570 to 576, will not be affected due to this change.

After 1 July 2016, family members of existing international student will have to apply for a visa under subclass 590 if they wish to join them in Australia.

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Published 18 May 2016 at 6:04pm
By Shamsher Kainth
Source: DIBP