Australian Student Visa Assessment Level Review 2012
Australian Student Visa Assessment Level Review
Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework. In December 2010, the Hon Chris Bowen, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations appointed the Hon Michael Knight AO to conduct the first independent review of the Student Visa Program. Mr Knight reported to the government on 30 June 2011, making 41 recommendations to enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of Australia’s international education sector and improve the integrity of the Student Visa Program.
In September 2011, the government announced its response to the Knight review, and a key part of this response was to accept the recommendation that DIAC undertake a review of the Student visa Assessment Level (AL) framework. Assessment levels are a risk management approach applied to all Student visas, determining the amount of evidence visa applicants need to supply and the level of scrutiny with which their claims are assessed. This Discussion Paper seeks stakeholder submissions on the issues raised in the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework Terms of Reference. Submissions close 16 March 2012.
While students formerly seen as high risk will now be able to apply through visa assessment level 1 (AL1), like low risk countries already do, if course is higher education.
Interestingly the responsibility for visa compliance and integrity of the system lies with universities etc. with threat of being excluded from streamlined system for any breaches (implies recruitment needs to be qualitative, not just numbers….and candidates need to be monitored, good marketing).
The key definition in the report is “immigration risk”, i.e. the government in Australia is paranoid about any increase in immigrants, especially from the study to permanent residency system. However, the system has become a Kafkaesque labyrinth due to Australia’s poisonous anti immigration, anti refugee, anti international student, anti everything etc. attitude in politics and media…… not exactly the hallmarks of a confident and mature democracy….