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  • Australia’s New Simplified Student Visa Fram…
    International students applying to study in Australia are set to benefit from a new simplified student visa framework from mid-2016. This system will replace the current Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) and Assessment Level arrangements. The current system Under the current system, students fall into one of three assessment levels based on their country of origin and the education sector in which they are planning to study. Assessment Level 1 represents students with the lowest immigration risk and Assessment Level 3 the highest. The higher the assessment level, the greater the amount of evidence an applicant is required to provide in order to support their student visa application. Students who are eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) do not receive an assessment level and are subject to lower evidentiary requirements, similar to ....
  • Canada makes permanent residency easier for overse…
    The Canadian government has announced changes to its immigration system that it estimates will increase the numbers of international students invited to apply for permanent residency by a third. The amendments, which will come into effect on 19 November, will alter the scoring system used to select candidates for permanent residency, with fewer points being awarded for qualified job offers and additional points being given to international graduates who have completed post-secondary education in Canada. John McCallum, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said international graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions will be awarded 15 points for completion of a one-year or two-year programme, and 30 points for completion of degree studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Meanwhile, those with a qualified job ....
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