Student Visa Assessment Levels

 

Each student visa application is considered on its individual merits. Assessment levels facilitate this process, allowing us to deliver fast and efficient service to our clients while maintaining the integrity of Australia's immigration programme.

Transparency in visa requirements and consistent decisions are a pivotal part of the student visa programme. With visas granted to students from over 190 different countries, assessment levels are a key tool in determining visa requirements and enabling consistency in decisions across this diverse range of clients.

There are three assessment levels in the student visa programme. They align student visa requirements to the immigration risk posed by applicants from a particular country studying in a particular education sector. Assessment level 1 represents the lowest immigration risk and assessment level 3 the highest. The higher the assessment level, the greater the evidence an applicant is required to demonstrate to support their claims for the grant of a student visa.

If you are currently in Australia, to be granted your first student visa you must be Assessment Level 1 or applying under streamlined visa processing arrangements. If you are Assessment Level 2-3, you must provide exceptional reasons why the visa should be granted while you are in Australia.

Assessment levels

Each country, across each education sector, is assigned an assessment level which is based on the calculated immigration risk posed by students from that country studying in that education sector.

To determine the assessment level of a particular country and education sector, we examine that group's compliance with their visa conditions and other indicators of their immigration risk in the previous year.

Where these statistical indicators show that a group has a higher level of immigration risk over a sustained period, we respond to this trend by raising the assessment level of that group. In effect, this requires applicants to submit a higher level of evidence to support their claims that they wish to study in Australia.

Where a group's indicators demonstrate that they tend to abide by their visa conditions, these lower immigration risk groups have their assessment level lowered. This streamlines the visa process by reducing the level of evidence that these applicants need to submit to support their claims for a student visa.

We regularly undertake a comprehensive risk assessment of the entire student visa caseload and reviews the assessment levels to ensure that they align to the immigration risk of groups.

Assessment levels and streamlined student visa processing

If you are eligible for streamlined visa processing, you are not assigned an assessment level. Under the streamlined visa processing arrangements student visa applicants are generally subject to lower evidentiary requirements, similar to Assessment Level 1,  irrespective of the passport you hold.

Assessment levels table

If you are not eligible for streamlined visa processing, the passport you hold and the education sector of your principal course will determine the assessment level of your visa application.

All students sponsored by Foreign Affairs or Defence seeking subclass 576 (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector) visas are assessment level 2.

Students holding a passport which is not listed in the table below, with a main course of study in the subclass 574 (Postgraduate Research) sector are assessment level 2.

Students holding a passport which is not listed in the table, with a main course of study in the following education sectors are assessment level 3:

  • 570 – Independent ELICOS
  • 571 – Schools
  • 572 – Vocational Education and Training
  • 573 – Higher Education

575 – Non-Award.To identify the assessment level for your visa application, match your passport type with the visa subclass for the education sector of your principal course.

Your assessment level is the one in effect for your passport and visa subclass on the date that you lodged a valid application with us.

Student visa processing assessment levels

Passport heldSubclass
570
ELICOS
Subclass
571
Schools
Subclass
572
VET
Subclass
573
Higher Education
Subclass
574
Postgraduate Research
Subclass
575
Non Award
Subclass
576
Foreign Affairs or Defence
Afghanistan323323all 576 travel documents are assessment level 2   
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Bosnia-Herzegovina332222
Botswana212111
Brazil212111
Brunei111111
Bulgaria121111
Burma (Myanmar)333323
Cambodia333323
Canada111111
Chile111111
China (excl. SARs and Taiwan)333313
Colombia223221
Costa Rica222112
Croatia232222
Cuba233323
Cyprus121111
Czech Republic112111
Denmark111111
East Timor222212
Ecuador323212
Egypt333313
El Salvador232222
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Fiji333322
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France111111
Germany111111
Ghana333323
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Indonesia212212
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Slovenia111111
Solomon Islands212111
South Africa212111
Spain111111
Sri Lanka333323
St Kitts-Nevis222222
St Lucia222222
St Vincent & Grenadines222222
Suriname333222
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Syria333223
Taiwan111111
Tanzania323313
Thailand212111
Tonga333213
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Turkey322211
Tuvalu333323
Ukraine223212
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Vietnam323213
Western Samoa333323
Yemen333223
Zambia323223
Zimbabwe323323

What assessment level are my family members?
Your family members might be eligible to apply for a visa to accompany you to Australia. Family members are subject to the same assessment level as the student, regardless of the type of passport the family member holds.

 

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