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Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) replaced with Genuine Student (GS) for Student visas, and increased English language requirements

In line with the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for Student (Subclass 500) (Student) visas was replaced with a Genuine Student (GS) requirement from 23 March 2024. The new GS requirement The new GS requirement has target questions that provide decision-makers with an overview of the applicant and their reasons for wanting…
Mihan Hannan
25 March, 2024
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The application of the GTE criterion for Student Visas: Kumar v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2020] FCAFC 16

The issue for consideration in Kumar v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection FCAFC 16 was whether a decision-maker, deciding whether an applicant for a student visa intends genuinely to stay in Australia temporarily, have to make express findings in relation to all matters prescribed by Ministerial Direction 69 — Assessing the genuine temporary entrant criterion for student visa and…
Joel McComber
18 February, 2024
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The Australian government released its Migration Strategy on 11 December 2023

The Australian government released its much anticipated and comprehensive Migration Strategy on 11 December 2023, with a policy roadmap containing 8 key actions and over 25 new policy commitments and areas for future reform. What are the key actions? Going forward, the key actions have been identified as: Introduction of a new Skills in Demand visa (see here for a…
Mihan Hannan
11 December, 2023
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Can I Add My Family to My Student (Subclass 500) Visa Application?

Australia is home to many international students due to its excellent higher education system. In order to study in Australia, prospective international students must apply for a Student (Subclass 500) visa. Fortunately, the Student visa includes provisions to include certain family members in an application. This allows applicants to study in Australia without having to separate from their immediate family.…
Emily Young
28 September, 2023
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Australia-India Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement

The visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Australia, also resulted in the signing of an Australian-Indian Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement which forms part of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA). For more information about the ECTA, see here. This agreement provides greater access for Indian nationals to come to Australia, including access to the Work…
Jordan Tew
30 May, 2023
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Australia to end flexible work arrangements for Student visa holders

​​​ To address Australia’s workforce shortages, Student visa holders in Australia have had work hour limitations temporarily relaxed, providing not only much needed assistance to Australian businesses, but also providing Student visa holders opportunities to build full time experience that can lead to more permanent visa options. The Department have announced that this arrangement will end on 30 June 2023.…
Mihan Hannan
13 October, 2022
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Several concessions for Student, Graduate and Working Holiday Maker visas

Throughout January 2022, the Australian government announced a number of concessions for Student (Subclass 500), Graduate (Subclass 485) and Working Holiday Maker visa holders to help support Australia's COVID-19 impacted economy. Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders Firstly, there has been a temporary relaxation of student visa work limits to all sectors of the economy. This takes…
Mihan Hannan
20 January, 2022
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Temporary immigration measures to increase support to Australia’s tourism and hospitality sector

On 8 May 2021, Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke announced temporary measures to increase support to Australia’s tourism and hospitality sector. This includes increased access to the 408 visa (COVID-19 Pandemic event stream) and the removal of existing fortnightly work limits placed on student visa holders. These temporary changes are part of the government’s response to support Australia’s economic recovery…
Emily Young
11 May, 2021
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Can I apply for a Graduate Subclass 485 visa from outside Australia using the COVID-19 concessions?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive for all, including migrants and visa holders. Australia’s travel restrictions and the pandemic in general meant that a significant number of individuals had their eligibility for Australian visas removed due to factors outside of their control. On 19 September 2020, a suite of legislative amendments came into effect which, amongst other things, made certain…
Jordan Tew
24 September, 2020
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Australian government announces immigration changes to support international students (updated 17 Aug 2020)

On 20 July 2020 the Australian government announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students post COVID-19. International students are not only able to obtain world class education in Australia, but many go on to further temporary visas after their studies and even obtain Australian citizenship (for example, through…
Mihan Hannan
17 August, 2020
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Australian Government announces special visa arrangements for Hong Kong

On 9 July 2020 the Australian Government announced that it will introduce new measures for students, temporary graduates and skilled workers from Hong Kong who want to live, work and study in Australia (see here). Specifically, the Prime Minister stated that: Temporary graduate and skilled workers will be offered an additional 5 years of work rights in Australia on top…
Mihan Hannan
15 July, 2020
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Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders (a 4 April 2020 update)

Whilst citizens, permanent residents and many New Zealanders have access to unconditional work rights and government payments (including the new JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments), temporary visa holders do not. This has placed both these visa holders and their employers in a difficult situation. On 4 April 2020 The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and…
Mihan Hannan
6 April, 2020
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Student visa cancellation, and conditions on a Student visa

The last decade has seen an influx of international students accessing Australia’s world class education system. The Sydney Morning Herald noted in an article on 2 Mach 2018 that from 2015 to 2017 the number of overseas students at Sydney universities increased from 55,000 to 75,745, or a 37.7% increase in just 2 years. As a result of these increased…
Jordan Tew
19 March, 2018