Streamlined Student Visa Processing

​​​​​Under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements, eligible student visa applicants from participating education providers are not assigned an assessment level. If you are eligible for streamlined visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements, similar to those that apply under Assessment Level 1, regardless of your country of origin.

Eligib​​​​​ility

You must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for streamlined student visa processing:

  • At the time of making your student visa application, you must have a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) with an education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements for a:
    • Advanced diploma
    • Bachelor degree
    • Masters degree
    • Doctoral degree
    • Non-award university student exchange program
    • Non-award study abroad program.
  • If you enrol in a package of courses, all your preliminary courses must be at an education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements or a nominated educational business partner of that provider. ​
    Note: If you combine a non-award university student exchange or study abroad program course with any preliminary course(s) you will not be eligible for streamlined visa processing and will be assessed according to the applicable assessment level.

If you are sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the Australian Department of Defence on a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector visa (subclass 576), you are not eligible for streamlined visa processing.

Education providers participating in streamlined visa processing​

Participating education providers and their nominated educational ​​business partners are available on the ​ ​Comlaw website.​

The University of Canberra is a participating education provider. The university has failed to meet the benchmark as required under the Guidelines for University Participation in Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) Arrangements and has been formally advised.

​The University of Canberra can continue to recruit international students under SVP arrangements. If the University of Canberra’s risk rating does not improve, its ongo​ing participation in the SVP arrangements will be reviewed.

Applying under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements

You can use Find a V​i​sa for visa application lodgement information specific to your circumstances.

Streamlined visa processing does not change the online lodgement arrangements currently in place.  That is, if you do not have access to online lodgement for student visa applications currently, you would not gain access to online lodgement under the SVP arrangements.

See: Student visa online applications

Documents to provide with your application

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa. To help you lodge a complete visa application, please use the visa application document checklist for the type of visa you intend to apply for.

We reserve the right to request additional information. You might need to provide additional documents or information to satisfy the genuine temporary entrant requirement.

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