According to recent media reports, Indian students have been barred from attending at least five Australian universities due to fraudulent visa applications.
Migrants from India are allegedly using the student visa system as an easier way to gain work rights in Australia, resulting in an increase in visa fraud cases. As a result, authorities have decided to restrict Indian students from certain states, such as Punjab and Haryana.
According to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, emails obtained from Victoria University, Edith Cowan University, the University of Wollongong, Torrens University, and agents working for Southern Cross University reveal a crackdown on applications from Indian students from specific states.
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Record Number of Indian Students Expected in Australia
This year, Australia is expected to welcome the most Indian students ever, surpassing the previous year’s record of 75,000. However, there have been reports of an increase in the number of visa fraud cases.
The governments of India and Australia recently signed a broad agreement that will make it easier for students to study in either country.
The Surge in Non-genuine Students
The surge in non-genuine students has taken the authorities by surprise.
“The volume of students arriving has come back a lot stronger than anyone was expecting. We knew there would be a lot of pent-up demand, but there has also been a surge in non-genuine students,” said Jon Chew from global education firm Navitas.
Impact on Australia’s International Education Market
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, visa application irregularities have raised concerns about the impact on Australia’s international education market.
There has been an increase in visa fraud cases since the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, with migrants submitting incomplete applications and false information. Fraudulent documents have also been discovered in some cases.
Finally, Australian universities’ restrictions on Indian students from specific states due to fraudulent visa applications have raised concerns about the country’s international education market. The surge in non-genuine students caught authorities off guard, and stricter measures may be required in the future to prevent such visa fraud cases.
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