Expansion of SVP Student Visas in Australia
Joint media release with the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, Leader of the House:
Extension of streamlined visa processing arrangements. From 22 March 2014 streamlined visa processing arrangements, similar to those in place for universities have been available to prospective students of selected low immigration risk education providers who offer bachelor, masters or doctoral degree level courses.
On 26 May 2014 the government announced that it intends to further extend streamlined visa processing arrangements to low immigration risk education providers offering advanced diploma level courses. This will provide direct access to the streamlined visa processing arrangements for eligible education and training providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and TAFE sector.
The department will write to eligible providers by the second half of 2014 inviting them to participate in the arrangements. Subject to the legislative change process we anticipate that the extended arrangements will commence by early 2015.
The extended streamlined visa processing arrangements will be similar to those currently in place for universities and non-university higher education providers. From the time these arrangements commence, it is intended that existing streamlined visa processing providers will also gain access to streamlined visa processing for their advanced diploma level course students, where applicable.
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