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Student Visa Applications and Assessment Risk Levels

Student visa applicants are subject to different assessment levels depending on the passport they hold and on what subclass of student visas they apply for. The assessments reflect risks of non-compliance. Level I is the lowest risk level and Level V is highest. As of June 2008 none of the student Visa subclasses of any nationality specified assessment level V. Students holding passports from countries not given specific levels are allocated to level III. The higher visa applicant assessment level, the more evidence the applicant will have to provide to prove that they are genuine visa applicant. The evidence requirements cover English language ability financial capacity and other matters such as academic record. These requirements are contained in schedule 5 to the regulations.

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Transition arrangements in respect of the holders of student Visa subclasses are no longer issued are also dealt with in some parts of the regulations. Assessment level I is the lowest risk assessment level. As a result the requirements to be satisfied by such applicants are less strict and those applicants with higher assessment levels.

Applicants to subclass 570 to 575 visas must provide evidence that they have a level of English that satisfies the proposed education provider and provide a declaration that they have sufficient funds to meet financial requirements. They must meet other requirements specified in the regulations as well. The system level I applicants also must make an initial student Visa application while in Australia if they meet the other requirements without having to establish exceptional reasons for the grant of a Visa. Level V is the highest risk level. As of June 2008 no countries are placed in this level of the system for any student Visa subclass. Therefore usually assessment level V applicants would not usually be made whenever describing a Visa requirement.

Some of the examples of countries that are subjected to the highest level of scrutiny for Visa applications include India, China, Ski Lanka, Lebanon, Ghana and Nepal. Some of the countries which are subjected to the least scrutiny in relation to Visa applications are Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Iceland, Luxembourg and Norway. This is representative of the countries that have the least likelihood of generating Visa applications which have a high compliance risk. The system is designed to ensure that only honest applicants are able to come to Australia on a student Visa application.

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