Streamlined student visa processing

Under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements, eligible student visa applicants from participating universities and eligible non-university higher education providers are assessed as though they are a lower immigration risk, irrespective of their country of origin.

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you are not assigned an assessment level. This is because under the streamlined visa processing arrangements your student visa is assessed as though you are lower immigration risk.

If you are eligible for streamlined student visa processing you will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa.

Eligibility

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 a university or non-university higher education provider participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements for a:
    • 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 an AusAID or Defence Sector visa (subclass 576), you are not eligible for streamlined visa processing.

Participating providers processing arrangements

A list of universities and non-university higher education providers participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements and their nominated educational business partners is available.

Applying under the streamlined student visa processing arrangements

You can use Find a Visa for visa application lodgement information specific to your circumstances.

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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Last reviewed Monday 7 April 2014

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