A new update on immigration data by the Australian Authorities shows that almost 50% of students from India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka who applied for student visas had their applications denied. As a result, there is a 50% Decrease in visa grants for Subcontinent students!
Keypoints of the Update
The newly released reports by Australian authorities stated that the reason for the decrease in visa grants for Subcontinent students is due to the suspicions of the students being not genuine.
This means that the Australian authorities think that the students are coming to Australia with intentions of permanent residence in Australia or with the sole purpose of earning. They are not coming to Australia with the intention of gaining a quality education.
Less than one in four vocational students from India, Nepal, and Pakistan now receive foreign student visas as a result of the rise in rejection. The second-largest international student population after China is India and about 96,000 Indian students have been studying in Australia. Out of the 900 student applications for vocational study, only 34, or 3.8%, were accepted and the rest were rejected.
Vocational education students’ visa grant rates have been below 50% for the majority of 2022. According to several sources, the Australian immigration authorities are concerned about the legitimacy of these applicants.
Reasons for the decrease in visa grants for subcontinent students
The major reason for the decrease in visa grants for subcontinent students is that Australian immigration authorities typically scrutinize applications for offshore Vocational Education and Training (VET) more closely, which results in an increased rejection rate of students’ visa applications.
As a result, a significant number of overseas VET applicants have been denied entry into Australia due to the extensive scrutiny given to them by Australian immigration officials.
There is also a decrease in visa grants for subcontinent students in the masters and other higher education programs. The success rate of acceptance for different countries has decreased to 57% for Pakistani students, 56% for Indian students, and 33% for Nepali students.
The home minister of Australia, Clare O’Neil has recently also called Australia’s immigration system ‘broken, expensive, and is just not working.’
Read more of her words in the news below!
She also informed that for efficient immigration, former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson, lawyer Joanna Howe, and consultant John Azarias will lead a comprehensive review of Australia’s immigration system.
Words of Vishal Sharma
Vishal Sharma, a registered migration agent in Melbourne with clients from India and Nepal, claimed that a large portion of visa applications was turned down due to non-genuine applicants.
While talking to The Australia Today, he said
There has been a significant number of visas which are refused on basis of non-genuine entrant without even properly considering the circumstances of genuine students who were planning to study in Australia.
He also highlighted the number of unauthentic agents operating in India, who have been trying to arrange student visas by making fake documents of the students. This is a big reason for the decrease in visa grants for Subcontinent students.
Steps Taken to Address Decrease in visa grants for Subcontinent students
In order to reduce visa processing delays, the Australian government has taken the following measures:
- Recruiting new staff
- Redistributing the processing workload
The authorities are hopeful that these measures will reduce the pressure on the current staff and also speed up the process of efficient immigration. There has been a positive outcome from these measures so far and a huge backlog of applications has been cleared.
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the regulator for Australian higher education, has cautioned Australian institutions to keep a close eye on the activities of their education agents and the international students they enroll.
By now it is clear that there has been a decrease in visa grants for Subcontinent students. The main reason is the non-genuine temporary entrant status of the students. Currently, the government is focused on filtering non-genuine students and coping with the problems of a huge visa backlog.
But things are moving in a better direction and great progress has been observed so far. The important point for a successful visa outcome, make sure to consult and apply only through registered and trusted immigration agents, like The Migration.
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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.
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