On 1 July 2016, the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) introduced the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) to replace the previous Assessment Level framework and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements.

SSVF applies to all students and all programs. Under SSVF, evidentiary requirements will be based on the combined immigration risk of the applicant’s country of citizenship and their chosen education provider. To identify the documents the applicant will be required to submit with their visa application, use Home Affairs’ document checklist tool. All applicants will need to meet Home Affairs’ Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement.

Student visa applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount and must be be complete at the time of lodgement.  This includes a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement together with all supporting documentation. Please ensure that the student’s GTE Statement includes all necessary information as referred to in the Instructions for GTE Statement. More information is available on Home Affairs’ website.

Our approach to SSVF

The University will continue to apply the Guidelines on genuine temporary entry and Guidelines on living costs and evidence of funds through screening some applicants to ensure we maintain a low Evidence Level with Home Affairs, which benefits our applicants through streamlined evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.

Your obligations

It is your responsibility to ensure that the applicants you refer to the University are:

  • genuine students, genuinely wishing to study at the University of South Australia;
  • genuine temporary entrants; and
  • able to financially support themselves and any dependants for the duration of their stay in Australia.

It is your responsibility to assist the student in lodging a complete student visa application including the GTE Statement and all required supporting documentation.  If the student was GTE assessed by the University, you must ensure that the University approved GTE Statement is submitted.

In the event of a student visa refusal, you are required to email us a copy of the refusal letter from Home Affairs together with the student’s GTE Statement.