Navigating New Student Visa Priorities: Let TIA Lawyers Guide You
Greetings from TIA Lawyers! If you’re planning to study in Australia or accompany a student as a guardian, there’s some important news you should be aware of. The Australian Government has recently introduced changes to the student visa process, and we’re here to help you understand these updates in a clear and friendly manner.
Effective from December 14, 2023, the Australian Government has implemented a new Ministerial Direction (No. 107) to refine the student and student guardian visa application process. This change aims to streamline the way these applications are prioritised, making the process more efficient.
Breaking Down the Update
This new approach prioritizes certain student visa applications, especially those lodged from outside Australia, including:
- Applicants from the schools, foreign affairs, defence, and postgraduate research sectors.
- Students enrolling in higher education, ELICOS, VET, and other courses at education providers with a high Evidence Level.
Student Guardian visas and subsequent entrant applications that include a younger family member also receive a boost in priority.
Good news for families! If your application includes secondary applicants, like a spouse or children, they’ll receive the same priority as the primary applicant.
Course Packaging Priority
For students enrolled in multiple courses, the priority is based on the principal course of study.
When Do These Changes Apply?
These updated processing priorities apply to all applications lodged from December 15, 2023, onwards, including pending applications lodged before this date.
Inside Australia? Business as Usual
If you are applying from within Australia, the existing processing arrangements remain unchanged.
Here to Help
At TIA Lawyers, we understand that navigating visa updates can be complex. Our team is ready to provide expert guidance and support to ensure your application aligns with the new priorities. Whether you are a student or a guardian, we are here to make your visa application process as smooth as possible.
Book a Consultation
For personalized advice, do not hesitate to contact us. Book a consultation by calling +61 (0)7 5535 3066 or visit our website at TIA Lawyers. We are committed to helping you achieve your Australian educational and life goals.
For the most detailed and up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the Department of Home Affairs Website. Staying informed is key to a successful application.
We at TIA Lawyers are excited to assist you in navigating these new changes. Your journey to Australia starts here, and we are with you every step of the way!