Student Visa Program Review (the Knight Review)

International students to benefit as changes rolled out
8 November 2011
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced that the first stage of a suite of measures supporting Australia’s international education sector is being rolled out.  

The changes include a reduction of up to $36,000 in financial requirements for certain student visa applicants and changes for English language students.

More detail on the changes is available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Implementation of stage one
4 November 2011
Stage one implementation of a suite of measures to enhance the competitiveness of Australia's international education sector is proposed for 5 November 2011. This follows the Australian Government's announcement on 22 September 2011 in response to the report by the Hon Michael Knight AO, Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011.

The changes include:

  • introduction of a new “genuine temporary entrant” criterion for all student visa applicants
  • a reduction in the financial requirements for certain visa applicants
  • removal of the English language test requirements for stand alone Assessment Level 4 and above English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) visa applicants
  • increasing the visa period of all new Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) visa grants by six months to allow for interactive marking of a thesis
  • amendments to student visa policy regarding prepaid homestay fees arranged through education providers
  • cessation of the student visa pre-visa assessment (PVA) arrangements.
  • More information is available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.


    Student Visa Program Review and Government Response Announced
    22 September 2011
    The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Senator the Hon Christopher Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Workplace Relations, today welcomed the release of the Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program, also known as the Knight Review, and outlined the Government’s response.

    Access to streamlined visa processing arrangements, enhanced post-study work options and the reduction of visa financial requirements are some of the priority areas the Government will be addressing.

    Further information is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.