Student Visa Living Costs and Evidence of Funds from 1 July 2012

From 1 July 2012 there will be new financial requirements for International students to demonstrate and/or declare that they have genuine access to sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa.

Student Expenses
- Applicant: Return airfare to Australia
- Family Members: One return air fare to Australia per person
- Applicant: Course fees
- School-age children aged 5-18 (per person): AUD8000 per year
- Applicant: AUD18 610 per year
- Partner: AUD6515 per year
- First Child: AUD3720 per year
- Each other child: AUD2790 per year
Student Guardians
- Applicant: Return air fare to Australia
- Children aged under 6 years of age: One return air fare to Australia per person
- Applicant: AUD18 610 per year
- First child aged under 6: AUD3720 per year
- Each other child aged under 6: AUD2790 per year

More information can be found at:

Source: MIA

Did you hold student visa on 8 Feb 2010?

While many international students make the decision to apply for permanent residence at the end of their studies, there are no guarantee that, on the basis of having held a Student visa, they will meet the requirements to be granted permanent residence.

On 8 Feb 2010, the Australian government announced a number of changes to its skilled migration program. These changes included the withdrawal of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the introduction of the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) from 1 July 2010.

Transitional arrangements are in place for people who held an eligible Student visa (subclass 572, 573 or 574) when the reforms were announced on 8 Feb 2010. If you held an eligible Student visa on this date, you can apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa (subclass 485) until 31 Dec 2012 using the Skilled Occupation List in effect on 8 Feb 2012.

Source: DIAC

New GSM Skilled Occupation List

DIAC has announced an updated General Skilled Migration (GSM) Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to take effect from 1 July 2012 (Note: this is not the proposed Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) for employer sponsored visas, which has yet to be announced.)

The new GSM SOL adds four occupations:

  • ANZSCO 133513   Production Manager (Mining)
  • ANZSCO 234912   Metallurgist
  • ANZSCO 251411   Optometrist
  • ANZSCO 263111   Computer Network and Systems Engineer
The new GSM SOL removes four occupations:
  • ANZSCO 234211   Chemist
  • ANZSCO 252711   Audiologist
  • ANZSCO 331111   Bricklayer
  • ANZSCO 333411   Wall and Floor Tiler

The updated SOL will apply to all new Independent (unsponsored) and Family sponsored skilled migration applications lodged on or after 1 July, unless they are from applicants eligible for transitional arrangements.

DIAC advises that applications lodged before 1 July with a nominated occupation that is no longer on the SOL in effect from 1 July will continue to be processed. Priority processing arrangements may, however, change for certain applicants, according to the Ministerial Direction on priority processing.

Source: MIA

Lots of changes coming your way

1 July 2012, there will be lots of legislation changes coming your way. The whole new shift with skill migrant will be taking place. Immigration law is evolving all the time. I am yet to find out, lots of law seminar will be ran by the Department of Immigration and I shall share and update whatever new and changes in our currently migration law.

Changes are good. I love the changes of the law. Although it is hard for everyone to keep up, it will benefit the country in the long run. The situation of our country is keep changing, the migration law as well needs to change, to keep up with the current situation of our keep up with the rest of the world

Stay tune.