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Understanding Your Country Risk Level to Avoid a Student Visa Refusal

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Understanding Your Country Risk Level to Avoid a Student Visa Refusal

Do you know if your country’s risk level may affect your Australian student visa application? By understanding the country’s risk level, it may help you to minimize the refusal of your student visa application.

Normally people would not think any further about it. The minute they have decided their study in Australia, they will only focus on preparing their study. Luckily if you are guided by a trusted Australia education agency, where they could help you with your enrollment and visa application. If you decide it on your own with limited knowledge of student visa regulation, it may lead to the refusal visa which may lower your chances of continuing your study to Australia. 


If you are currently preparing your study in Australia and will soon apply for a student visa, this is the basic information that you might need. The Australian Government had made several changes to its regulation for international study. Previously, there were 5 different subclasses for international study, where it was divided by the level of study. For example, subclass 570 for ELICOS study, subclass 572 for VET (Vocational Education and Training) study, subclass 573 for Degree study, etc. Nowadays there’s only one subclass for most international students to go into Australia for any study purposes, the Subclass 500. Phew that makes life a bit easier, doesn’t it?

The Department of Home Affairs also introduced Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) to replace the previous Assessment Level (AL) framework and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements. SSVF applies to all students and all programs. Under SSVF, evidentiary requirements in applying for a student visa will be based on the combined immigration risk of the applicant’s country of citizenship and their chosen education provider. 

Country Risk Level

What is this risk level we are speaking of?

In general, the Department of Home Affairs determines the country and provider risk ratings using immigration risk methodology. This methodology is used to calculate evidence levels that are allocated to each education provider and country. The higher score of evidence level index describes the level of risk ratings and the higher evidence level required.

The following indicators are used to calculate the evidence level of each education provider and country.

  • rate of refusals due to a fraud reason (40% weighting)
  • rate of refusals (excluding fraud) (10% weighting)
  • rate of student visa holders becoming unlawful non-citizens (15% weighting)
  • rate of Subsequent Protection Visa applications (10% weighting)

This table describes the evidence level index and evidence level required in applying for a student visa. The evidence level index weighted by the average of all indicators where the higher evidence level index, the higher evidence level required. 

How do these risk levels affect your student visa preparation and application?

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 such as evidence of Financial and English language capacity with their student visa application. 

Generally, students who enroll with a low-risk education provider will not have to provide many documents if they come from a low-risk country. However, students who come from a high-risk country will have to provide more documents, regardless of their education provider’s level.

As the student visa requirements would depend on your nationality and your education provider, always try to go with education providers with the lowest immigration risk to further minimize student visa document preparation and the possibility of student visa refusal. 

Nevertheless, as long as you are able to provide the required sufficient documents including Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, enrolling to the education provider with high immigration risk will not be a problem. 

You are able to identify what documents you will be required to provide with your visa application by entering your intended education provider and country of citizenship into an online tool.

Will it be affected too if I want to bring my family as my dependent on my student visa? 

Yes, the requirements applied for dependent student visas will be based on the main student visa holder requirements. If the main student visa holder requires more evidentiary documents, you also need to prepare more evidentiary documents for your dependent student visa application. For more information about bringing or including your family, please refer to Home Affairs. You also can refer to this article if you are an applicant from a country with high immigration risk. 

It is important to pay attention to your country status and the intended education provider to the success rate of your student visa application. If you are unsure of how you should proceed with the student visa application or choose the proper education provider, we are here for you. Feel free to reach us through email at perth@educationone.net.au 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. 

2021-02-13T03:55:21+00:00