Australia Immigration Update – A Weekly Review
As per the latest update from Australia, the Australian government is changing the course rules. The new rules are expected to be implemented from July 2022.
According to the new rules, international students in Australia who are holding Australia Study Visa (Subclass 500) are unable to change their course or research topic without Minister’s approval.
In this context, the portal explained the legislation and the federal home minister has issued a statement quoting “inserts a condition for Subclass 500 (Student) visa holders studying, or intending to undertake, higher education studies that they must not change their course of study, or research topic unless approved by the Minister.” Also added that “The Minister cannot approve the change unless satisfied that there is not an unreasonable risk of unwanted transfer of critical technology by the visa holder.”
Here international students need to understand that, risk will be there on any change of request because your visa may also be declined if the Minister does not satisfied and find that the request is an unwanted transfer of critical technology and includes unreasonable risk. However, the visa cancellation will be discretionary for the relevant visa types, which excludes certain protection visas and related bridging visas but according to the statement, it is mandatory for all the other visa types.
The department of home affairs has added these new visa conditions under the legislation formation. Section 8204A and 8204B will be applicable for all the Australia Student Visa holders who are currently pursuing higher education courses or postgraduation programs, research-based courses, and applicable for all of them who would like to change their study course, thesis or research topic.
As per condition 8204, these limitations will apply to all the Australia Study Visa holders. According to 8204 condition notes international students cannot change their study course, thesis or research topic without the approval of the Minister. The listed below courses will need an approval
The students’ change of course or thesis or research topic applications will only come into consideration, if
The latest change of rules will be applicable on the following visa subclasses as well after the provisions will be applied to the Australian Student Visa (subclass 500).