The Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) can reduce the amount of documentation and time it takes for a visa to be processed and issued.
The SSVF is a change in the way the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assesses your eligibility for a student visa. A number of changes have been made to the student visa framework. These changes include the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF).
Under the SSVF:
- all international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
- all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
- a new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application.
Do I need to provide a statement of Purpose?
You will be advised on your letter of offer if you need to provide a Statement of Purpose for SSVF assessment.
The Statement of Purpose is designed to ensure that we have all of the information to assess your application under RMIT’s SSVF guidelines.
It also helps to maximise your chance of meeting our SSVF guidelines by providing you with the opportunity to address the SSVF criteria.
Completing your Statement of Purpose
If you are required to provide a Statement of Purpose, you must use the RMIT Statement of Purpose template (PDF 78 KB).
You should answer all of the questions carefully and show that you have thought about them. Do not copy and paste information from any website, but write your own answers to show that you have thought about the questions. If you copy and paste information from websites, your Statement of Purpose may not be accepted.
Financial capacity and English language proficiency
All international students are required to have sufficient funds to cover their program fees and living costs in Australia. While student visa holders are able to work a specified number of hours in Australia, they should not rely on working to cover their course fees and living costs.
As part of the visa application process, DIBP might require you to provide evidence of your financial capacity and English language proficiency. This will be guided by the immigration risk outcomes associated with your country of citizenship and intended education provider.
Where the DIBP online client service tool indicates that documentary evidence of financial and English language capacity is required, it is important for applicants to attach these documents to their visa application prior to lodgement. Failure to do so might result in visa refusal.
SSVF Financial Checks
You may be required to provide evidence of your financial capacity as part of the SSVF process. If financial checks are required, you will have a condition on your offer letter. A full offer cannot be made until you meet this condition.
Please complete the SSVF Financial Checklist (PDF 99KB) and submit it with your financial documents. It is important that you complete the checklist accurately to ensure that your application is processed quickly. Your financial documents cannot be accepted without the completed checklist.
If your offer letter does not have this condition, you are not required to provide evidence of financial capacity.
How does Simplified Student Visa Framework affect you?
Under the SSVF, RMIT is required to ensure that students who apply for admission are both genuine temporary entrants to Australia and genuine students and that they have access to sufficient funds to support themselves and any accompanying dependents during their studies.
By applying to RMIT, you declare that you are both a genuine student and a genuine temporary entrant under the SSVF arrangements. An offer into a program at the University is subject to these requirements.
Once any outstanding conditions of your offer have been met, the tuition fee deposit and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) paid and the formal acceptance documents have been received, the University can issue the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
RMIT has the right to refuse an application if you fail to meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements of the SSVF program. This includes, but is not limited to, concerns that you are either a non-genuine temporary entrant, a non-genuine student or that you do not have the financial capacity to support yourself and your dependants during your studies.
What are the Genuine Student and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirements?
Part of the SSVF arrangement is that the University ensures that all prospective international students applying to RMIT are both genuine students and genuine temporary entrants.
This means that RMIT must be satisfied that:
- your main purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study; and
- you have the required English proficiency; and
- you accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and that you will comply with the conditions of your student visa; and
- you have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, OSHC, return airfares and living expenses for yourself and any dependents; and
- you have a genuine understanding of your intended program and its structure, the total cost of your tuition and living expenses in Australia and that you are able to articulate the advantages of studying in Australia compared to your home country and how this investment will benefit your future.
Any breach these requirements may mean that you are not eligible for admission to RMIT.
The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants and considers whether your individual circumstances indicate that your intention is for a temporary stay in Australia. A genuineness assessment is made by taking into account a number of personal factors relating to you, such as your immigration history, circumstances that might encourage you to return to your home country and conditions that might encourage you to remain in Australia.