Streamlined Visa Processing
The University of Queensland (UQ) has been approved to participate in the Australian Government’s Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) initiative that was implemented on 24 March 2012 by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
This initiative will benefit many international students by streamlining the visa application process, in terms of the documentation required and, therefore, the length of time it takes a visa to be issued.
What is Streamlined Visa Processing?
Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) is an initiative that was implemented on 24 March 2012 by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Under this initiative, the Department will assess all student visa applicants who are eligible for SVP as though they were a low immigration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin. This reduces the amount of documentation required and the length of time it takes to issue the student visa.
Who IS eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing?
Applicants for standalone or package offers including an Honours program, a Bachelor Degree, Masters degree by Coursework, or Research Higher degree, plus UQ Study Abroad or Exchange programs are eligible to participate in SVP.
The SVP process will apply to both self-funded and sponsored students.
Who IS NOT eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing?
Those not eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing include applicants for:
- Short courses
- Associate Degrees
- Advanced Diplomas
- Postgraduate Certificates (unless packaged with an eligible program)
- Postgraduate Diplomas (unless packaged with an eligible program)
- Australia Award recipients
How does Streamlined Visa Processing affect you?
As a result of the University’s participation in SVP, UQ is required to ensure that students who enroll are Genuine Students and have access to sufficient funds to support themselves and any accompanying dependents during their studies.
To achieve this, the University will require applicants who receive an offer for an SVP-eligible program to read and sign a Streamlined Visa Processing Declaration form and submit it to UQ as part of their acceptance package.
Once any outstanding conditions of a student’s offer have been met, and the tuition fee deposit and OSHC, and signed Acceptance form and SVP declaration have been received, the University can issue the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
As of 1 August 2012, no CoE will be issued without the receipt of the signed SVP declaration.
This process will apply whether you are a self-funded student or a sponsored student. Please note, however, that Australia Award recipients are not eligible for SVP.
Changing programs for Streamlined Visa Holders
If you were granted a visa under the streamlined visa processing arrangements, you must stay enrolled in a streamlined visa processing eligible program with an education provider participating in the arrangements. For further information, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s webpage about how changing programs will affect streamlined visa holders.
Important: If you enrol to study with an education provider that is not participating in the streamlined visa processing arrangements, you no longer meet the criteria for which your visa was granted and may be considered for visa cancellation.
Information for students from UN sanction countries
For certain countries who have Australian Government restrictions (sanctions) on financial transactions, the University is required to ensure that these restrictions are not breached as a result of the financial arrangements you put in place to fund your studies and your living expenses in Australia.
Further information about how these restrictions may affect you personally can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
A more detailed ‘SVP and Sanctions Declaration’ needs to be completed, and students are also required to submit documentary evidence of their financial capability before a CoE may be issued.
The Streamlined Visa Processing Declaration
The ‘SVP Declaration’, or, if appropriate, the ‘SVP and Sanctions Declaration’, is included in the Offer that is made to applicants.