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No more course change allowed under new student visa rules; Here’s the detail

Another condition introduced so that international students do not actively engage or promote extremist views and interrupting the operation of the Australian community.

A student visa to study in Australia comes with a number of restrictions.

The following condition(s) might be attached to a student visa:

Australian government has introduced or expanded on two new conditions: 8204 and 8303.

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As per condition 8204, an international student must not undertake or change their course of study, thesis or research topic without the approval of the Minister, for a:

  • graduate certificate
  • graduate diploma
  • master’s degree
  • doctorate, or
  • any bridging course required as a prerequisite to a course of study or research for a master’s degree or doctorate

Earlier, international students in Australia were able to easily change original course that they have been studying for six months or more with permission from the educational provider.

However, now this approval must come from the Minister.

“This approval can only be given after the Minister has obtained an assessment from the competent Australian authorities that you are not likely to be directly or indirectly a risk to Australian national security.”

Further, condition 8303 has been introduced so that international students do not actively engage or promote extremist views and interrupting the operation of the Australian community.

“You must not become involved in activities disruptive to, or violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.”

If you are not sure which restrictions you currently have on your visa, please check your conditions on VEVO or have a look at the visa grant letter you received.

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