Student Visa Annual Report 2007-2008

Objective

This component aims to develop and administer visa arrangements that will assist growth of the education and tourism industries through the entry to Australia of genuine full-time students.

Description

The student visa program contains a range of visa categories that broadly reflect the different education sectors. Students must study in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

The Student Guardian (subclass 580) visa is available for individuals travelling to care for minors studying in Australia. The AusAID and Defence Sector (subclass 576) visa also exists for students sponsored by those Australian Government agencies.

Student applications are assessed according to the immigration risk demonstrated by each education sector and country. The risk level is determined on the basis of factors such as fraud and visa non-compliance. It is represented by the assessment level that applies to each sector and country. Assessment Level 1 represents the lowest immigration risk, while Assessment Level 5 represents the highest risk. A lower assessment level means fewer requirements to be granted a student visa.

Table 25 and Figure 11 show the top ten countries for student visa grants in 2007-08. Table 26 shows total student visas by subclass.

Performance

Key indicators of the effectiveness of the student visa program include:

  • high visa approval rates
  • processing times that meet service standards
  • high levels of compliance with visa requirements
  • improvements to client service, including an increase in the use of eVisa.

Table 23: Total student visa grants (onshore and offshore)

Visa statistics

2006-07

2007-08

Percentage change

Offshore grants

167 129

198 417

18.72%

Onshore grants1

61 463

79 767

29.78%

Total

228 592

278 184

21.69%

1. This figure does not include Permission to Work visa grants or Student Guardian visa grants.

Table 24: Total student visas granted by citizenship for the top ten countries 2006-07

Citizenship

Visas

People’s Republic of China

38 466

India

34 146

Republic of Korea

18 557

United States of America

9 973

Malaysia

9 496

Thailand

9 479

Japan

8 876

Brazil

8 220

Indonesia

7 534

Hong Kong

7 724

Total

152 471

Total visa grants

228 592

Table 25: Total student visas granted by citizenship for the top ten countries 2007-08

Citizenship

Visas

People’s Republic of China

49 763

India

47 639

Republic of Korea

19 350

Thailand

11 576

Brazil

11 096

Malaysia

10 661

Nepal

10 247

United States of America

9 969

Indonesia

8 246

Japan

7 669

Total

186 216

Total visa grants

278 184

Figure 11: Student visa grants-top ten countries

Study in Australia, figure11

Table 26: Total student visas granted by subclass

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