New rules for international students 2024

by | Jun 4, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Being a popular international study destination, the changes to the rules governing foreign education and the settlement of migrants into the country may affect many decisions in the future.  As from May 10, 2024 new financial requirements have come into operation.  The amount of $29,710 per student now applies.  This amount is required to demonstrate that the student is able to cover airfares, course fees, and the living expenses throughout the stay in Australia.

While the TOEFL iBT is again a valid test for student visa purposes, and is accepted by all Australian Universities, tests taken between the period between 26 July 2023 and 4 May 2024 are not valid.  Tests taken before 26 July 2023 remain valid for two years.  

The changes to the test commencing on March 23 2024 are now known as The Genuine Student (GS) which now replaces the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).  The GS requirement is now a key part of the process.  The GS targeted questions replace the 300-word statement.  These focus questions provide information about the student to the decision-makers.  This includes their reasons for wanting to study in Australia.

When submitting their application to study in Australia, prospective students will have to show proof of their fluency in the English language.  This new English language requirement applies to all Student Visa and Temporary Graduate Visa applicants.  The advantage of this to students is the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and to showcase their skills to Australian employers.

If, during work situations during the post-study work period, students may be eligible for the new 4-year Skills in Demand visa.  This visa provides a clearer pathway to permanent residency and will come into effect from July 1 2024.  The maximum eligible age for Temporary Graduate Visa applicants will be reduced to 35 years or under.  This change is also to come into effect July 1, 20243.

Students need to ensure they are familiar with the new changes to optimise their pathways to international study in Australia.

Further information about the changes is available through the Department of Home Affairs website.

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