Australia Student Visa: Assessment Level
For students planning to study in Australia, it is essential to understand the visa assessment level, the Australian student visa program has three different assessment levels.
These levels indicate the level of risk associated with applicants from specific countries applying for specific areas of education.
Level 3 represents the highest immigration risk, level 2 a medium risk and level 1 represents the lowest immigration risk in the assessment level hierarchy.
Simplified student visa framework(SSVF)
A simplified student visa framework (SSVF) was introduced by the Australian government in July 2016. The purpose behind this was to make the visa application process simpler to navigate for genuine students and maintain the fairness of Australia’s immigration programs.
According to this framework, the countries and all education providers in Australia are divided into 3 categories or assessment levels. These levels serve to align student visa requirements to the immigration risk posed by applicants from a particular country studying in a particular education sector.
The higher the assessment level, the more the applicant is required to show evidence to support their claims for the grant of a student visa.
If you’re curious about how this works, it is a simple process of matching the level of country you’re applying from to the level of education provider you’re applying to study, which gives you information of the document checklist and also determines how your visa will be assessed.
They call it the combined country and education provider evidence level model which tells whether the student needs to provide evidence of financial or GTE document and English language proficiency with their student visa application.
Nepal has gone down to assessment level 3 from September 2019 along with countries like India and Pakistan. At regular intervals, Australian immigration checks the profiles of countries and education providers and changes in levels are assessed according to the guidelines.
What does going down on the Australian Student Visa Assessment Level means?
Going down a level could be due to various reasons like increasing onshore or offshore applicants' rejection rate, non-compliance with visa guidelines and many more. International students applying for a visa from a level 3 country need to provide English language proficiency test results and proof of funds or GTE documents mandatorily to support their student visa application.
Additionally, the Immigration authorities might also assess academic background or qualification criteria. However, for Level 1 country applicants, the GTE and financial evidence are not mandatory.
The evidentiary requirements under this program are shown below:
You need to find out your education provider’s assessment level from authentic sources, so visit the Immigration website where there’s a tool to check education providers’ levels. For your convenience, document requirements will be listed out based on your home country and education provider’s assessment level.