Increased Student Visa Financial Capacity Requirements

Zhanna Heenan

Visa News

Australia is known for its world-class education system and a welcoming environment for international students. However, the country regularly updates its migration laws and regulations to ensure that the system remains fair, transparent, and in line with economic and societal changes. In a recent amendment to the Migration LIN 23/070, the Australian government has increased the financial capacity requirements for applicants seeking Subclass 500 and Subclass 590 visas. These changes are designed to better align with the cost of living and education expenses in the country, ensuring that both students and their guardians have the necessary financial resources to support their stay.

Migration LIN 23/070 Amendment

The Migration LIN 23/070, formally known as the Evidence of Financial Capacity—Subclass 500 Visa and Subclass 590 Visa Amendment Specification 2023, comes into effect as of October 1, 2023. The primary objective of this amendment is to update and elevate the financial capacity requirements for visa applicants under Subclasses 500 and 590, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This ensures that the financial capacity of visa applicants remains in step with the rising costs of living and education in Australia.

What are the key changes in the Financial Capacity Requirements for Australian Student Visas?

The revised financial capacity requirements are as follows:

  1. Primary Applicant: AUD 24,505
  2. Spouse or De Facto Partner: AUD 8,574
  3. Each Dependent Child: AUD 3,670
  4. Annual School Costs for Each School-Aged Dependent Child: AUD 9,661
  5. Personal Annual Income for the Primary Applicant (with no secondary applicant): AUD 72,465
  6. Personal Annual Income for a Primary Applicant (with a secondary applicant): AUD 84,543

These financial capacity requirements are critical for applicants under Subclasses 500 and 590, as they help demonstrate the ability to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs associated with living and studying in Australia.

The rationale behind the Amendment

The primary motivation behind this change is to ensure that international students and their guardians have the financial capacity to sustain themselves throughout their stay in Australia. As the cost of living and education in the country continues to rise, it is imperative that visa applicants can meet these expenses without facing undue financial stress. This amendment also corrects minor drafting errors from the previous Instrument, thereby improving the overall clarity and effectiveness of the regulations.

How will the new financial capacity requirement impact student visa applicants?

The increased financial capacity requirements may initially appear as a significant financial hurdle for visa applicants. However, these changes are essential to guarantee that students and their guardians do not face financial difficulties during their time in Australia. By adjusting the requirements to reflect the current economic landscape, the Australian government aims to provide international students with a safe and secure environment in which to pursue their educational goals.

Moreover, it is worth noting that these changes are consistent with Australia’s commitment to maintaining the quality of its education system and protecting the welfare of international students. By ensuring that visa applicants have the financial capacity to support themselves and their dependents, the country maintains its reputation as a top destination for international education.

Australia’s recent amendment to the Migration LIN 23/070, which increased the financial capacity requirements for Subclass 500 and Subclass 590 visa applicants, is a reflection of the government’s commitment to safeguarding the interests of international students and their guardians. These changes help align the financial requirements with the rising costs of living and education, ensuring that students can enjoy a secure and successful educational journey in Australia. While the new financial capacity requirements may seem challenging, they ultimately contribute to maintaining the quality and reputation of Australia’s education system and ensuring the well-being of international students. The Department of Home Affairs acknowledges a variety of evidence types that can attest to your capacity to fulfil the financial requirements for your student visa application. If you have uncertainties about whether your student visa application complies with the financial capacity requirement or seek guidance on how this requirement applies to your specific situation, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services. Our registered migration agents are eager to address your inquiries and facilitate the visa application process for you.



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