Immigration risk ratings: the importance of compliance and how to achieve it


Under the simplified student visa framework (SSVF), a student’s financial and English evidentiary requirements are guided by a combination of the immigration risk outcomes of their education provider and country of citizenship. This in turn affects how ‘easy’ it is to have a student visa approved. While the SSVF is designed to provide an incentive for education providers to recruit genuine students who are less likely to have negative immigration outcomes, some providers have fallen afoul of the immigration risk methodology, with ongoing consequences for their ability to attract and support students through the student visa application process. This session aims to explore recommended practices and measures that can help to minimise risks for education providers.

Learning objectives

Participants will become more familiar with the impact and consequences of non-compliance and gain insights into recommended approaches to ensure that the institution they represent is not adversely affected by immigration risk ratings.

Hedvika Gibbs, Fragomen

Practice Leader Perth and Regional Client Services Manager APAC


Hedvika Gibbs is a Practice Leader at Fragomen’s Perth office as well as a Senior Client Services Manager for the Asia–Pacific region. Hedvika has extensive experience working in government and the public sector, including in legal and operational areas with a strong focus on compliance and integrity and the student visa regime. She previously worked for the Australian Department of Immigration as Assistant Director, Student Policy, as well as being the departmental contact liaison with the Affiliation of International Education Peak Bodies. Subsequently, Hedvika moved to a diplomatic post in Russia, where she was the key contact for Australian Education International and partnered with education providers for growth in former Soviet Union countries. During her second overseas appointment, Hedvika coordinated a regional response to the Knight Review of the international student visa program. At Fragomen, Hedvika works with clients from different industries to provide transactional and strategic assistance and advice on visa and immigration matters.