Attention – international students studying in Australia or seeking to remain after their studies.

Swapping Courses by Students

Immigration has issued a warning for students who have obtain a student visa through Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP). If a student having come to Australia or studies on a visa issued by under the SVP scheme and swaps to lower cost education provider not under the SVP scheme after arriving in Australia the student may face cancellation of their student visa.

Skills Assessment Update

Many students seeking to apply for a further stay in Australia will need to obtain a skills assessment. The skills assessment will need to be finalised prior to applying for permanent and provisional general skilled visas such as:

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489

However, processing times can be far longer than expected with a result that in many cases, the skills assessment is not completed prior to the expiry of the student’s visa. Some professional bodies like those listed below require longer periods to provide skills assessments;

AACA (Architects)

20 Weeks

Engineers Australia

16 Weeks

ANMAC (Registered Nurses)

15 weeks

ACS (IT Professionals)

12 weeks

VETASSESS (General Professionals)

8-10 weeks

AASW (Social Workers)

8-10 weeks

AITSL (Teachers)

10 weeks

AIMS (Medical Scientists)

4-6 weeks

ICAA (Accountants)

2 Weeks

If your visa is expiring before you could obtain a skills assessment the best option is to seek a Subclass 485 Graduate Temporary visa. Unlike a subclass 189, 190 or 489 visa, the skills assessment does not need to be finalised prior to lodgement of the application. It is sufficient that your skills assessment has been lodged prior to you making your application.

Visa Processing Update

The response times for General Skilled subclass 189 and 190 visa applications have improved since of late with case officers allocated within a month of lodging an application, and often granted within 2-3 months.

Processing of 485 Graduate Temporary visas has also speeded up with processing times of 12 months or more previously being reduced to within 3 months..

If you are studying or have studied in Australia and want to know how you could be eligible for a further stay, or even permanent residence, on completion of your studies contact Busi.Opps for a fee free initial consultation.

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