Le Cordon Bleu Australia has been approved as one of only 19 Non-University participants in the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) program, an initiative of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to help make Australia a destination of choice for Overseas Students.
Effective 22nd March 2014, international students applying to study at Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide and Sydney campuses will be eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP), whereby the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will process all higher education (sub class 573) student visa applications under a low migration risk criteria, regardless of their country of origin.
Le Cordon Bleu Australia, due to its international reputation, is attended by a large proportion of international students across their Australian campuses. The new streamlined visa arrangements will give international students an added incentive to choose to come to Australia to study world class culinary and hospitality courses.
According to Le Cordon Bleu Australia Chief Operating Officer Derrick Casey:
“The majority of our students are drawn to our courses due to their worldwide recognition, however with Le Cordon Bleu schools all over the world, I am pleased that Australia is now an even better destination of choice for our international students, due to our SVP accreditation. We look forward to welcoming many more passionate hospitality students to our Australian campuses over the years to come.”
Under the SVP program, international higher education students with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be eligible for faster processing times for their visa application. However, under the Department of Immigration and Border Protection SVP arrangements, the onus is on Le Cordon Bleu Australia to rigorously assess each applicant’s intentions as a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) to Australia.
Le Cordon Bleu Australia is acutely aware of their responsibility with regards to this new procedure regarding applicants from medium to high risk countries and regions (as determined by the information made public by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection). As a result, Le Cordon Bleu have developed a rigorous internal assessment process to identify only genuine students who plan to stay in Australia temporarily and abide by the conditions of their student visa.
To apply to Le Cordon Bleu Australia under the SVP program, overseas students will need to complete the corresponding forms, available from the 22nd March 2014 on the Le Cordon Bleu Australia - Visa Information page, for July 2014 intake onwards.