I have been critical of the SVP process for years and have been blogging on the areas of concern.
Thus, when the process of review of the SVP was being conducted, I was exactly apprehensive of what has been announced now… One may go through the various documents and press releases that are now available and the FAQs (Link 1) (Link 2) and then form their own opinion… My short and summary thoughts of this day are…
The following seems to be the way the new system (from mid 2016) will function once the SVP has been dumped:
Thus can I summarise that the processing is indeed going to be going back to the pre-SVP era atleast for the Indian Sub-continent. India, Nepal, Bangladesh… are likely to remain under “Higher Evidentiary Requirement” irrespective of the risk rating of the education providers. (Like AL3 currently). Thus for these students financial and english requirement will be required by DIBP (Like AL3 currently). However the one interesting added element is that the Universities will need to still consider the ambiguous GTE criteria (unlike the current non-SVP system). Therefore in a one line, there will be no SVP but the stricter requirements including GTE will apply to all (more than current non-SVP). The Student Visa Framework has been simplified without streamlining and with added GTE. Expect the visa process to slow down once it is implemented and expect a review once again in two years.
This is why one of my friends(working in International Recruitment) at an alert University describes it as
Old Wine in New Bottle but with a higher price tag.