Australian Student Visa & “Assessment Levels”

We write this short summary to update you on Department of Home Affairs Assessment Levels.

Instrument 07/14 was used to determine the Assessment Level of the countries.

However, Instrument 07/14 was repealed (removed) years ago and is no longer used.

The Department of Home Affairs no longer displays any information publicly about the Assessment Levels of a country when assessing a student visa application.

Under Part 4 of the Department of Home Affairs Procedure Advice Manual it states:

Under no circumstances are decision makers to publicly disclose the immigration risk rating for a particular education provider or country – for example, “education provider x has an immigration risk rating of ‘two’”.

A student can determine their likely financial capacity and English language proficiency requirements by entering their intended education provider and country of citizenship into the Border website online client service tool. Please note that the word use here is “likely” and it is not a guarantee.

The country and provider immigration risk model operates in policy; it is not legislated.

The country and provider immigration risk model is intended to guide decision makers as to when to require formal evidence of a student’s financial capacity and English language proficiency.

Decision makers have the discretion to require evidence of financial capacity and English language proficiency from applicants with ‘streamlined evedentiary requirements’.

However, under policy decision makers at the Department of Home Affairs should not diverge from the outcomes of the student’s combined country and provider immigration risk rating unless particular circumstances exist.

We hope this short summary helps clarify some misunderstandings current and prospective International students may have regarding Assessment Levels.

By RSG Lawyers.

Footnotes available upon request.

Contact: Email: admin@rsglaw.com.au Ph: (03) 9350 4440 Web: http://www.rsglaw.com.au

 

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