Since 1 July 2016, all Student Visa Applications have been combined into one single Subclass; the Subclass 500 Student Visa. Prior to this, Student Visas were granted on the basis of an individual’s intended level of study. For example, an individual wishing to study an Advanced Diploma would be granted a Subclass 572 Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa, while an individual studying a Bachelor Degree would receive a Subclass 573 Higher Education Sector Visa.
While the Subclass 500 Visa has simplified the process of obtaining a Student Visa, there has been a notable increase in the number of student visa refusals since the introduction of the Subclass 500 Visa. Of these refusals, a significant percentage has been attributed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) concluding that the applicant is not a Genuine Temporary Entrant.