Australia has revised visa and immigration rules such as eased financial requirements that are required for visa applicants particularly affecting international students from high risk countries like Pakistan, China and India.
Overseas students from the so called high risk countries will not be assessed according to current assessment level 4 and 5 criteria as they are removed. ‘Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework 2013’, recommended these changes to implement and may come in to force from 22nd March. This is very good news for international students, especially students from India would benefit more these changes and now they can realize their dream of getting high quality education in Australia, said, Jag Khairra, a Melbourne-based immigration and education consultant.
He quoted, the changes that have been made to the assessment level for countries such as Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh will increase number of students from these nations. The direct impact of these changes will come in to effect from March 22 and overseas students from India, Pakistan, and China will be paying lesser amount of money for studying in Australia. The students from these high risk countries are now required to show evidence of funds only for 12 months of study instead of 18 months. This is very good news for Indian students. This means that students from countries like Pakistan and India will be able to obtain a student visa with up to A$20,000, which is approximately Rs. 1.1 million less in the bank.