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Visa reforms ease way to study in Australia


10:40, April 25, 2012

Professor Jennelle Kyd, deputy vice-chancellor of CQUniversity (Central Queensland University).

Starting March 24, 2012, Chinese students applying to study at universities in Australia have access to a new, fast-track visa process, according to Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

The Streamlined Student Visa Processing (SVP) system is a new move by Australia to stem further loss of international students. It applies to applicants for bachelor's, master's, PhD and student exchange programs.

"It will surely make it faster for Chinese students to get their student visa," said Professor Jennelle Kyd, deputy vice-chancellor of CQUniversity (Central Queensland University), one of the participating universities in the SVP program.

Under the new policy, visa applicants with a confirmation of enrollment (COE) from a participating university will be automatically assessed as a Level 1 applicant, which means fewer documentation and financial requirements, Kyd added.

The policy also introduces a post-study work visa program, which enables international students to gain valuable work experience in Australia after graduation. The visa will be available starting Nov 5, 2012.

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