Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)

New simplified student visa framework

From 01 July 2016, the Australian Government has adopted a new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s education services sector.

Key changes

Key changes under the SSVF are:

  • A reduction in the number of student visa sub classes from eight to two; and
  • Introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.

Reason for change

The changes are 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 all education providers.

Applying for a student visa under the SSVF

The SSVF is designed to replace the previous streamlined visa processing and AL framework arrangements.

Under the SSVF, the combined immigration risk outcomes of the student’s education provider and country of citizenship is used to guide the level of documentation relating to financial capacity and English language proficiency that the student needs to provide with their student visa application.

Financial and English language documentary requirements when applying for a student visa under the SSVF

Students are now able to identify what documents they are required to provide with their visa application by entering their intended education provider and country of citizenship into an online tool.

The level of documentary evidence required in relation to financial and English language capacity is guided by the combined immigration risk of the prospective student’s education provider and country of citizenship.