AUSTRALIA: New Student Visa Policy to come into effect from Jul, 2016
The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia's international education sector. Key changes under the SSVF are: reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two and the introduction of a single immigration risk framework for all international students.
Subject to the regulatory change process, the SSVF is intended to be implemented from July 2016. The SSVF is designed to make the student visa framework simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and create a level playing field for education providers.
Under the SSVF, it is intended that all education providers registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) will be allocated an immigration risk rating between one (lowest risk) and three (highest risk), based on the immigration risk outcomes of their
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AUSTRALIA: AIPE Licence Revoked
The Australian Institute of Professional Education (AIPE) that reportedly cost taxpayers $1 million per graduate has been deregistered after receiving government support since 2011.The training college was granted a licence to operate and participate in the Commonwealth's lucrative VET FEE-HELP scheme in 2011 after being established in 2008. Fairfax Media reports the college had handed out 117 diplomas and received $110 million in Commonwealth funding. The industry regulator decided to cancel AIPE's registration to provide vocational education and training, including to overseas students, ''following comprehensive regulatory scrutiny of the training provider over a number of months''.
UK: Tier 4 Maintenance Funds to Increase
From 1st July 2014, UKBA required maintenance for tier 4 students and their dependants will increase as follows: Students studying in inner London will need to show Â£ 1020 per month Students studying in Outer London will need to show Â£ 820 per month
|Type of Application||Current Amount Â£||New Amount Â£ from 1 July|
|Tier 4 (General) studying in inner London||Â£1,000||Â£1,200|
|Tier 4 (General) studying in outer London||Â£800||Â£820|
|Dependant of Tier 4 (General) migrant studying in inner London||Â£600||Â£615|
|Dependant of Tier 4 (General) migrant studying in outer London||Â£450||Â£460|
|Tier 4 (Child), aged 16 or 17, living independently and studying in inner London||Â£900||Â£920|
|Tier 4 (Child), aged 16 or 17, living independently and studying in outer London||Â£700||Â£715|
AUSTRALIA: Extension of Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP)
It is proposed that streamlined visa processing arrangements will be available to certain low immigration risk non-university education providers who offer Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degree courses. This would be an extension of the arrangements that have been available to the university sector since March 2012.