Simplified student visa framework
The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) came into effect on 1 July 2016.
The SSVF has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reduce red tape for business.
From 1 July 2016:
- international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500) regardless of their chosen course of study
- student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
- a single immigration risk framework will apply to all international students
- all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.