Future international students should obtain official advice on the student visa application process and requirements from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
CSU is approved by the Australian Government for the new Streamlined Visa Processing arrangements (SVP) for prospective international students studying in Australia. SVP is designed to provide faster, more streamlined student visa processing and generally reduced evidentiary requirements for prospective international students.
Under SVP, DIAC will assess student visa applicants who lodge their applications with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from CSU at Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree level as though they were a lower migration risk (Level 1), regardless of their country of origin. The intention is that the vast majority of prospective students can be confident that they will have their visa applications processed quickly and with reduced evidentiary requirements.
The important requirement for students to be assessed at this lower level is that CSU must only issue CoEs to prospective international students who are determined by CSU to be Genuine Temporary Entrants (GTE). CSU’s application process for regional campuses has not changed, however CSU will request certain additional documentation and information from applicants if required, which will be detailed in the letter of offer. Based on the information provided, CSU will assess whether the applicant is a GTE before issuing a CoE. Applicants cannot apply to DIAC for a student visa without a CoE having been issued.
CSU now requires prospective international students from AL3 and AL4 level countries (as per DIAC’s Assessment Levels) intending to study on campus in Australia for two years or more to pay up front tuition fees for two full sessions.
The Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), allowing eligible international students to live and work in Australia temporarily after completion of university studies, is now available. These arrangements allow graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree or Masters by coursework degree in Australia on a student visa for a period of at least two academic years to apply for a two year post-study work visa. Graduates who have completed a Masters degree by research or a Doctoral degree will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa for three or four years respectively.
For more information, please visit DIAC’s website.