We are glad to be the first to break the news of the Immigration Department’s formal announcement that as of 1 July 2016, there will be a single visa subclass (500) visa for students and a single visa subclass (590) for student guardians.
While this removes the headache associated with working out which student visa to apply for, it also comes with a new requirement. Under the new Student Subclass 500 Visa, there is an English requirement of 5.5 overall on an IELTS test. This is not a current requirement on the student visas and is more a requirement from the education providers.
For those of you who are more legal minded, the link is here: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00629