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Student Visa processing hits peak period

Monday, December 19 2016

A seasonal increase in international student visa applications is being experienced in the lead up to 2017. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advises that as this peak processing period is experienced, refinements made to internal risk settings in August 2016 are helping them to manage the increase in applications. 

DIBP data shows that between 1 September 2016 and 30 November 2016 over 76,100 student visa applications were lodged. This represents an increase of 6.5% when compared to the same period in 2015, indicating strong growth in the market. Current indications are that there will be more lodgements in December 2016 than occurred last year.

The number of student visas grated from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016 also increased when compared to the same period in 2016. Over 80,300 student visas were granted in this period – this is an increase of 19.3 per cent compared to 2015.

The Department aims to process 75 per cent of complete student visa applications within one month. For applications finalised between 1 September 2016 and 30 November 2016 the median processing time was 20 days. It was 14 days for students outside of Australia.

The length of time it can take to process a visa depends on the circumstances of the applicant. To ensure applications can be processed efficiently students and agents should provide all required information and evidence.

DIBP is aware that delays are being experienced for some individual students, especially those intending to study in the postgraduate research sector. All students must meet legislative requirements. Sometimes this involves checks by other agencies. As these checks consider the individual circumstances of the student, they can take some time. DIBP advises is actively working with other agencies to improve this aspect of processing.


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