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The Department of Home Affairs has made some changes in the status of immigration risk for several countries. Such changes may result from several factors, one of which is the number of Australian visa refusals for applicants from certain countries. 

As per 2019, India, Pakistan, and Nepal are considered as the ‘high risk’ countries and Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Hungary, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Africa are considered as ‘low risk’ countries. 

What are the effects of the changes?

The department of Immigration uses a combined immigration risk of the prospective student’s education provider and country of citizenship to determine whether the student needs to provide more evidentiary documents with their student visa application.

Generally, students enrolled at an education provider with the lowest immigration risk outcomes will have lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality. Students enrolled at an education provider with the highest immigration risk outcomes will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements if they are from a country with the lowest immigration risk. 

With this in mind, applicants from a country with the highest immigration risk such as India, Pakistan, and Nepal need to provide more evidentiary requirements regardless of the education provider they are enrolled to. Otherwise, applicants from a country with the lowest immigration risk such as  Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Hungary, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Africa will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements regardless of the education provider they are enrolled to. 

However, Even though you come from a low-risk country, it is unwise to underestimate the student visa application process. You still have to provide more evidentiary requirements to the Department of Home Affairs to ensure the success of your visa application. For a better understanding about country risk levels and the effect of student visa application, please refer to this article. 

What are evidentiary documents needed?

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Some types of evidence that needs to be provided with the application are determined according to the country and provider immigration risk model. The combined immigration risk outcomes of the applicant’s education provider and country of citizenship are used to guide the level of evidentiary documents needed. These documents such as evidence of financial capacity and English language ability are mostly required in your application when you are coming from a high risk country

Evidence of financial ​capacity;

Which you must provide either:

  • sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12 months of living and tuition fees for you and your accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependants, or
  • evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and they have an annual income of at least AUD 62,222 for single students or at least AUD 72,592 for students that are accompanied by family members

Please note that you have to submit sufficient documentation to support your financial capacity. Failure in providing documents may lead to the refusal of your student visa application. 

English language ability:

  • This must be evidence that you have either obtained a satisfactory test score in an English language test that has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs or evidence of certain eligible studies in English or if you fall into an exemption category.

How do you prove your English proficiency?

By taking one of the tests below:

English language test providers Minimum test score for Diploma Minimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks ELICOS Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5,5 5 4,5
*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper based 527 500 450
TOEFL internet based test 46 35 32
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162 154 147
Pearson Test of English Academic 42 36 30

Please note, the above “English Proficiency Table” only shows the minimum score on your English certificate that you have to submit along with your student visa application. Your level of study can also affect your English language proficiency score which must meet the English language requirements at the campus of your choice.  

We understand that the student visa application procedure is quite complex. You need to pay attention to every requirements details. With education ONE Australia, you do not have something to worry about as we will guide you from the very beginning starting from choosing the proper education provider, student visa application as well as settlement in Australia. You are able to reach us through email at [email protected] or via phone on at +618 6102 1118 (Perth Office), +612 800 54777 (Sydney Office), +613 9010 6100 (Melbourne Office). Our professional consultants, along with our in-house Australian Registered Migration Agents, ONEderland Consulting, will also give you an insight into the possibility of your next visa application. 

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