Simplified Student Visa Framework
What is the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)?
The Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) is a change in the way the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assesses your eligibility for a student visa.
The SSVF began on 1 July 2016 and reduces the amount of documentation and time it takes to process and issue an Australian student visa.
Under the SSVF:
- all international students apply for a single student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
- you’ll be required to apply for your international student visa online
- you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency and financial capacity with your visa application
- you might need to supply a Statement of Purpose
- you must be a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
What is a Statement of Purpose?
A Statement of Purpose is an extra form to complete to make sure the Australian Government has all the information they require to assess your student visa application under the new SSVF guidelines.
Not all students will be required to complete the Statement of Purpose. If you need to provide a Statement of Purpose, we’ll advise you in your Letter of Offer. If you need to provide a Statement of Purpose, you must use the Kirana Colleges Statement of Purpose form and answer all the questions truthfully and carefully.
Financial viability and English language proficiency
All international students need to have enough money to cover the cost of their tuition fees and living costs while in Australia. Even though you can work for up to 40 hours each fortnight, you shouldn’t rely on a job in Australia to cover your course fees and living costs. Having enough funds to cover your tuition fees and living costs means that you have ‘financial capacity’ to support yourself while in Australia.
DIBP might ask you to provide evidence of your financial capacity and English language proficiency during your student visa application process. This will depend on your country of citizenship and who your intended education provider is.
When applying online for your student visa and if the DIBP application tool shows you need to provide evidence of your financial capacity and English language proficiency, it’s important to attach the required documents to your visa application before you lodge it, otherwise your visa might be refused.
SSVF Financial Checks
If DIPB needs extra financial checks, you’ll have a condition on your Letter of Offer. A full offer cannot be made until you meet this condition.
Complete the SSVF Financial Checklist and submit it with your financial documents. Your financial documents cannot be accepted without the completed checklist.
If your Letter of Offer doesn’t have this condition, you don’t need to provide evidence of your financial capacity.
What are the Genuine Student and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements?
We are required to make sure international students who apply for a course at Kirana Colleges are both genuine temporary entrants (GET) to Australia and genuine students. We also have to make sure our international students have access to enough money so they can support themselves and any accompanying dependents while studying at Kirana Colleges.
When you apply to Kirana Colleges, you declare you’re a genuine student and a genuine temporary entrant under the SSVF. An offer into a Kirana Colleges course is subject to these requirements. This means we must be sure:
- your main purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study
- you have the required English proficiency
- you accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa
- you’ll comply with the conditions of your student visa
- you have genuine access to enough money to cover your tuition fees, OSHC, return airfares and living expenses for yourself and any dependents
- you have a genuine understanding of your intended course and its structure, the total cost of your tuition and living expenses in Australia
- you can say the advantages of studying in Australia compared to your home country and how this investment will benefit your future.
Any breach of these requirements may mean you are not eligible to study at Kirana Colleges. For further information about the SSVF, visit the DIBP website.
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