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NEW LEGISLATION REGARDING 500 VISA AND 485 VISA

NEW LEGISLATION REGARDING 500 VISA AND 485 VISA

The Australian Government announced TWO changes to the application of Student Visa (Subclass 500), effective as of the 23rd of March:

  1. Shift from the previous Genuine Temporary Entrant to Genuine Statement Questions within the Genuine Statement will cover:
  • Details of the applicant’s current circumstances, including ties to family, community, employment and economic circumstances.
  • Explain why the applicant wishes to study this course in Australia with this particular education provider.
  • Also, explain the applicant's understanding of the requirements of the intended course and studying and living in Australia.
  • Explain how completing the course will be of benefit to the applicant.
  • Any other relevant information the applicant wishes to provide.

Additional question for those applicants who have previously held a student visa or those who are lodging an application in Australia from a non-student visa.

Answers written in English - maximum of 150 words per question

All claims made through your Genuine Statement must be supported with documentary evidence

Supporting documentary evidence may involve: Previous Study, Previous Study in Australia, Current Employment, Circumstances in their home country or country of residence and Economic circumstances in home country or country of residence.

For student visa applications, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement will be replaced with a new Genuine Student (GS) requirement. It will require evidence to help the Department of Home Affairs ensure that applications are received from genuine students.

  • Increased English Requirements, per table below

In early 2024, the Australian Government will increase the English language requirements for Student visas. The new English language requirements will better support learning and employment outcomes for you.

  • The test score required for a Student 500 visa will increase from IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5 to 6.0.

  • The test score required for students undertaking an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) before their main course of study will increase from IELTS (or equivalent) 4.5 to 5.0.
  • The test score required for students undertaking university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable English language training will be IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5.
  • Concurrent Confirmation of Enrolment cannot be issued until students have completed 6 months of their courses
  • Increase the amount of saving international students need to prove when apply for a student visa

For more information regarding this can be found here

The length of post-study work visas will change. However, Australia’s Temporary Graduate visa will still give you time to gain valuable work experience and demonstrate your skills to Australian employers.

Reducing the length of Temporary Graduate visas to:

  • Bachelor degree or Masters by coursework: 2 years
  • Masters by research or PhD: 3 years
  • Students in regional areas: eligibility for second visa of 1-2 years in length depending on location

If you gain work in a skilled job during your post-study work period, you may be eligible to apply for the new 4-year Skills in Demand visa. This visa provides a clearer pathway to permanent residency. The work experience requirement for the TSS visa and future Skills in Demand visa will be changed for Temporary Graduate 485 visa holders, to enable better transition to a temporary skilled migration visa.

Initial stay periods for Indian nationals will not change, as agreed in the Australian-India Economic and Trade Agreement.

New age limit for Temporary Graduate visa applicants

  • Temporary Graduate visa applicants will need to be under the age of 35 (down from the current age limit of 50)

New English requirement for SC485 visas from early 2024:

  • The test score required for a Temporary Graduate 485 visa will increase from an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.0 to 6.5.

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