A simpler, paper-free student visa system! University of Tasmania July 6, 2016 Featured Applying for a student visa to study in Australia? Great news! From 1 July 2016 Australia introduced a simplified way to apply for visas, known as the Student Visa Framework (SSVF). The great news is, the SSVF makes applying for a student visa easier – and paper free! Even better, the University of Tasmania is an approved participant in the Australian Government’s Simplified Student Visa Framework. So, what are the key changes? There are now only two visa categories instead of eight – much easier to work out what to apply for! International students simply apply for the student visa (subclass 500) regardless of what course you’ve chosen – heaps easier! Student guardians simply apply for the new student guardian visa (subclass 590). Visa applications are lodged online (not a paper form!) by creating an account at the Department of immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) page. Universities are now more accountable for the visa outcomes and visa compliance of students we recruit. What is still the same? Your visa applications are still assessed against the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria. Both the DIBP, university and/or our agents may still request additional documentation from you to support your visa request if we think it’s needed. There haven’t been any changes to the Post Study Work Visa (PSWV) as a result of the new SSVF. So now the whole application process is a whole heap easier AND once you’ve got your visa you can be even more confident that you won’t be encountering any problems further down the track. Another great reason to be studying in Australia! For more detailed information on the SSVF changes, go to the DIBP site. Are you ready to start your UTAS journey? Make an application to study with us now!