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Oz lowers int`l student visa assessment levels

Australian govt has lowered the visa assessment levels for International students from 38 countries under which they would now be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of visa.



Melbourne: Australian government has
lowered the visa assessment levels for International students from 38 countries, including India, under which they would now
be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of visa.

International student visa assessment levels were
lowered for 38 countries including India across one or more
subclasses from April 2nd this year, according to official
statement released recently.

In 2009-10, there were 270,499 student visas granted
across the seven subclasses, with 382,710 student visa holders in the country as of 30 June 2010, of whom 80,450 were from India, 80, 010 were from China and 21,720 were from South Korea.
The assessment levels are periodically reviewed and
adjusted to reflect changing immigration risk outcomes.

Following the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (DIAC) review in 2010, the government has decided
to implement changes to reduce some student visa assessment
levels.
A student visa entitles international students to
come to Australia on a temporary basis for a specified period
to study at an Australian educational institution.

"Prospective students and their families, agents and
education providers should be aware that these changes will
lower the minimum evidentiary requirements needed for the
grant of a student visa for the selected countries and education sectors," a DIAC spokesman said in the statement.
"However, the reductions to assessment levels do not change the likelihood of a former student in Australia
obtaining permanent residence. While many international
students apply for permanent residence when they complete
their studies, this is an entirely separate process and there
is no guarantee that, on the basis of having held a student
visa, a person will meet the requirements to be granted
permanent residence," he said.

The skilled migration programme is designed to meet
the needs of the Australian labour market and strengthen the
economy.

Requirements for permanent skilled migration will change from time to time and there is no particular course
that guarantees a permanent visa.

"Students should not make educational choices solely on the basis of expecting to achieve a particular migration
outcome, because the skilled migration programme will continue
to change and adapt to Australia`s economic needs," the
spokesman said.

Applicants will be required to provide less
documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of
a student visa. These may include evidence of English language
proficiency, financial capacity and academic qualifications.

PTI

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