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Apr052012

« New website launched for student visa holders affected by the skilled migration reforms »

A new page has been set up for students affected by the recent changes to the skilled migration system on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.

The page, Students Who Held a Student Visa on 8 February 2010, provides information on the transitional arrangements for anyone who held an eligible Student visa (subclass 572, 573 or 574) when the reforms were announced on 8 February 2010.

The new website provides details about how to extend student visas and details on how the new skilled migration program works. The changes have been brought about because a large number of students were coming to Australia to study and choosing courses based on future migration outcomes instead of their academic interests.

One of the major changes at the time was the replacement of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) with the Skilled Occupation LIst (SOL) which saw the number of occupations reduced from over 400 to 192.

The DIAC are keen to reinforce the message that student visas are temporary visas, so students should be mindful of their visa expiry date so they can consider their options early. It takes time to apply for another visa, and if a person is unable to obtain another visa they must depart Australia before their Student visa expires. There can be serious consequences for overstaying a Student visa and becoming unlawful, including being unable to return to Australia for up to three years.

For any students considering lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect when their student visa expires, they should be aware that an EOI is not the same as a visa application. It is an indication that a person would like to apply for a skilled migration visa, rather than an application itself. 

A Bridging visa will not be granted after submitting an EOI. If a person is not invited to apply for a skilled migration visa before their existing visa expires, they will need to obtain another visa or depart Australia.

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