Immigration News: Student

Victoria Ombudsman Asked to Investigate Federation University of Their Treatment of an International Student

A complaint has been made to the Victorian State Ombudsman alleging that Federation University of Australia has acted in an unconscionable manner on a number of occasions towards an international student. The Ombudsman has been asked to investigate whether these acts were of a fraudulent nature designed to place the student under duress and pressure... Continue Reading

University of South Australia to Provide Full Refund

Last week we wrote to you about Anupamdeep Kaur and her struggle in attaining a refund from the University of South Australia (UniSA). The release of our article last week set things in motion. The Australian newspaper contacted us and Julie Hare the Editor of the Higher Education wanted to cover what had happened to... Continue Reading

Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement for Student Visas, Assessed by the DIBP and Your Educational Institute?

How the GTE requirement is assessed One of the major requirements in applying for a Student visa (subclass 500) is being a genuine temporary entrant (GTE). This requirement exists to weed out those who are abusing this visa programme by applying for a student visa only as a means of obtaining permanent residency here in... Continue Reading

University of South Australia faces possible human rights breach probe

Complaints have been made against the University of South Australia (UniSA) to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) over the education institution’s failure to return any portion of the prepaid tuition fee amounting to AUD$15,880, to an international student who never was able to travel to Australia to start her Masters Degree. The international student... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

Applying for the 485 Visa

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) You’re graduating and have decided your future is in Australia. It’s time to apply for your Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). The 485 visa has two streams – post study work and graduate work stream.   Learn more: Temporary Graduate Visa Streams Learn more: Australian study requirement Find: Medium and Long... Continue Reading

In the News..

Occupation ceilings reached The SkillSelect round results for 15 March 2017 have been released and the intake allocated for Other Engineering Professionals [2339] and Computer Network Professionals [2631] has been exceeded. There will be no more invitations issued for these two occupations groups for the rest of the programme year 2015/16, which ends in June.... Continue Reading

The Import of Foreign Engineering Professionals

Removing Engineers from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) may not be the industry’s best move August last year, the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) implored in a letter to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for the removal of the engineering profession from the skilled occupation list (SOL). In November, 52 occupations were flagged to be... Continue Reading

Engaging a Migration Agent

Why is it so important to have a consultation with your migration agent first?   “I only have one question.” “I’d like for you to lodge my application now.” “My case is straightforward.”   Maybe, but maybe not. When you contact a migration agent you need to understand that this is the person who will... Continue Reading

Word from the Department on Student Visas

If you’ve been following all the updates, you’ll know that the student visa framework was given a makeover last year. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that between the start of September to the end of November last year, they have granted over 80,300 student visas. This is a 19.3% increase... Continue Reading

Did you Consent to the Department collecting your information?

One of the key requirements of filling out an Australian Visa application form, is that you agree to the Privacy Notice, otherwise known as Form 1442i. Form 1442i, serves as your notice of the Departments Privacy Policy, which you agree to when lodging a visa application. By agreeing to the Privacy Policy, you are allowing... Continue Reading

Temporary Graduate Visa Streams

‘Post Study Work’ stream vs ‘Graduate’ Stream You came to Australia just to do your degree, but somewhere along the way, Australiabecame your home. The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa was created just for you. The graduate 485 visa has the following basic requirements: Meet the minimum English proficiency level Satisfying the Australian study requirement (ASR) of... Continue Reading

No Further Stay – Conditions 8503 and 8534

Condition 8503 Condition 8503  is a mandatory no further stay condition on the following visas: Visitor visa (subclass 600) (sponsored family stream) Visitor visa (subclass 600) (approved destination stream) Visitor visa (subclass 600) (tourist stream; if sponsorship has been imposed on it) Training and research visa (subclass 402) (for the professional development stream) Work and... Continue Reading

What is condition 8202 on student visas?

 A breach of condition 8202 makes you vulnerable to a visa cancellation. A visa cancellation is going to make it just that bit more difficult for you to get another Australian visa. Don’t give yourself the extra trouble. Condition 8202 is mandatory for all student visas. ” (1) You must remain enrolled in a registered... Continue Reading

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

Australia’s student visa programme was recently restructured, compressing 8 different student visa subclasses down to just 2 – Student visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian visa (subclass 590). The new Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)  has brought significant change to the way visas are applied for and processed. Previously, separate assessment levels were assigned to... Continue Reading

New Zealand sees a 13% growth in international students

Kudos to New Zealand, for these figures indicate that New Zealand is becoming more internationally recognised for its quality of education. This hike in international enrolments can only mean good things for the economy, but is that all there is to it? The largest driving force behind this growth are students from India who have increased... Continue Reading

Professional Year Programme

What does enrolling in a Professional Year Programme (PYP) do for you visa application?  Have you noticed that the points test awards you 5 points for the completion of something called the professional year? (from the DIBP website) The Professional Year Programme (PYP) is a 44 to 52 week job-read iness course that aims to... Continue Reading

Competency Demonstration Report

Preparing Your CDR Application Last week we wrote about the different types of skills assessment applications with Engineers Australia,  how to know if your application takes the CDR pathway or not, and introduced the Skilled – Recognised Graduate Visa (subclass 476), a temporary visa allowing engineers with qualifications from recognised institutions to apply for a 18 month... Continue Reading

Skills Assessments For Engineers

Are you an engineer applying for a skills assessment? Here’s what you need to know. Getting a skills assessment from Engineers Australia isn’t too complicated if you have: Qualifications accredited by Engineers Australia (see list), OR Have qualifications from a country under the Washington Accord (see list of countries and qualifications), OR Sydney Accord   (see list... Continue Reading

Student Visas Get A Makeover

The Simplified Student Visa Framework, effective 1 July 2016 Recently the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) announced that it would be making some pretty big changes to student visas. Where there were previously 8 subclasses there are now only 2 – the student visa (subclass 500) and student guardian visa (subclass 590). The... Continue Reading

Staying in Australia with a Degree in IT

Skills assessments for IT professionals with Australian degrees What are your post study visa options if you are currently engaged in an IT course? The graduate visa (subclass 485) buys you time in Australia to look for either an employer sponsor or to lodge an application for a general skilled migration (GSM) visa (subclass 189... Continue Reading

Changes to 457 and Student visas

Plans for Short-Term Mobility Visas dumped with simplifications to 457 and student visas In December 2014, plans for a Short-term Mobility visa (which allows businesses to sponsor specialist workers for up to a year without going through the usual Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) pathway) was proposed. These plans have now been scrapped in favor... Continue Reading