Top 7 Updates to Australia’s Student Visa and Immigration Rules for 2024

Australia is implementing significant changes to its international education and immigration policies in 2024. From increased financial requirements and TOEFL iBT acceptance to new student visa criteria and updated post-study work visa rules!
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Australia has long been a top destination for international students, offering world-class education and vibrant cultural experiences. However, starting in 2024, the Australian Government is introducing several significant changes to the rules governing foreign education and immigration.

These updates aim to enhance the quality of education, protect students, and support graduates in achieving their career goals. Here are the seven key changes you need to know about.

1. Increased Financial Capacity Requirement

Effective Date: May 10, 2024

To ensure students have enough funds to cover their expenses, the financial requirement for Student and Student Guardian visas will be set at AUD 29,710 (USD 19,576) per student. This requirement includes airfare, course fees, and living expenses, reducing the likelihood of financial difficulties during your stay in Australia.

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2. TOEFL iBT Reinstated for Visa Applications

Effective Date: Immediately

The TOEFL iBT test is once again valid for student visa applications and accepted by all Australian universities. However, tests taken between July 26, 2023, and May 4, 2024, are not valid. Tests taken before July 26, 2023, remain valid for two years, offering a reliable option for demonstrating English proficiency.

Also Read: 5 Key Visa Rule Changes Every International Student Should Know!

3. Introduction of the Genuine Student Test (GST)

Effective Date: March 23, 2024

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Replacing the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement, the new Genuine Student (GS) requirement involves a series of targeted questions. These questions provide visa decision-makers with insights into the applicant’s intentions and motivations for studying in Australia, replacing the previous 300-word statement.

4. Updated English Language Requirements

Effective Date: March 23, 2024

All Student Visa and Temporary Graduate Visa applicants must meet new English language proficiency requirements. Applicants need to provide proof of their English fluency at the time of visa application, ensuring they can effectively participate in their studies. Undergraduates now require an IELTS score of 6 (up from 5.5), and postgraduate programs need a score of 6.5 (previously 6).

5. Changes to Temporary Graduate Visa Length

Effective Date: July 1, 2024

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The duration of post-study work visas will be adjusted. While the exact details of the new length have not been disclosed, the adjustment aims to streamline the path to permanent residency, allowing graduates time to gain valuable work experience and demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

6. Introduction of the 4-Year Skills in Demand Visa

Effective Date: July 1, 2024

Graduates who secure employment in a skilled job during their post-study work period may be eligible for the new 4-year Skills in Demand visa. This visa offers a clearer pathway to permanent residency. Notably, the initial stay periods for Indian nationals remain unchanged, as stipulated in the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement.

7. Lowered Age Limit for Temporary Graduate Visa Applicants

Effective Date: July 1, 2024

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The maximum eligible age for Temporary Graduate visa applicants will be reduced to 35 years. This change aims to attract younger talent to Australia’s workforce, aligning with the country’s long-term economic and demographic goals.

Remember: These updates aim to create a better experience for international students in Australia. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information before applying for your student visa.

Conclusion

These updates reflect Australia’s commitment to maintaining high standards in international education and ensuring that students and graduates can thrive both academically and professionally.

If you’re planning to study in Australia, staying informed about these changes will help you navigate the application process smoothly and make the most of your educational journey.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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