Student Visas – Immigration Risk framework

Australian education providers have been provided with the following information on the introduction and operation of the new simplified student visa framework (SSVF).  The benefits of the new SSVF to Australia’s international education sector will include a reduction in red-tape, simpler navigation of the student visa framework and a more targeted approach to immigration integrity.

Immigration Risk framework

The single immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of financial capacity and English language proficiency that a student is required to provide with their visa application.  It will be based on two factors – the immigration risk outcomes associated with the student’s education provider and country of citizenship.

General information regarding the intended operation of the SSVF is available here

Immigration risk under the SSVF

Under the SSVF, all CRICOS registered education providers have been allocated an immigration risk rating based on the immigration risk outcomes of their international students over a 12 month period.  The same approach has also been used to allocate an immigration risk rating to each country.

Individual education providers risk ratings will not be released to agents or the public.

A detailed explanation of the immigration risk methodology is available here

Managing immigration risk

The SSVF will not impose any formal obligations on education providers to manage immigration risk. Some education providers may however decide that there are significant benefits associated with obtaining or maintaining a lower immigration risk rating. 

To assist with this process, an overview of strategies that education providers may wish to consider in effectively managing immigration risk and recruiting genuine students is available here.