Australia Cancels 11,000 Student Visas

Australia Cancels 11,000 Student Visas

While this news may seem alarming, this defensive maneuver on the part of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection was precipitated by an excess of “non-genuine” international students — primarily from China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, and Thailand — who had gained access to Australian universities through illegal means.

According to Phil Honeywood, Australia’s Chief Executive of the International Education Association of Australia, “A key reason for ditching the current streamlined visa procedures is that too many low-quality education providers have been gaming the system, and this has meant students have been attracted to enrolling in such providers as an easy visa pathway to Australia.”Australia Cancels 11,000 Student Visas

In short, inadequate higher education institutions have been exploiting the system through everything from counterfeit test results to fraudulent enrollments, leading the Immigration Department to take corrective action. The ultimate goal? To maintain the country’s premier reputation and quality higher educational offerings.

According to Australian Education Minister Christopher Pine, “The quality of the educational services that Australia offers to the rest of the world is an asset that we should protect and streamlined visa-processing framework set to take effect in June of 2016, the visa cancellations — up a whopping 30 percent from previous years — are not an act of ill will toward international students, but instead serve as a demonstration of the country’s commitment to closing the door on poor quality providers…along with the students they profess to serve.

So what can we expect from Australia moving forward? According to the Future Directions for Streamlined Visa Processing report, the new student visa framework will be not only be less taxed by non-genuine students, but will also be “simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity, and create a level playing field for all education providers.”