Australian immigration revokes almost 11,000 ‘non-genuine’ students visas

The Department of Home Affairs typically cancels between 8,000 and 9,000 student visas annually, however according to a report in The Australian (subscription required), based on the latest figures released for the year ending June 2015, there was a 30% increase in the number of cancellations.

With International Education coming in as Australia’s fourth largest export industry overall and the largest services export ahead of tourism, maintaining a strong reputation for quality is important.

The Government says it will introduce a single framework for student visa risk assessment in June 2016.  The most significant changes to the framework are:

  1. the reduction in the number of student visa sub-classes from the current eight to two; and
  2. the introduction of a single immigration risk framework under which all international students will be assessed, regardless of their programme of study

Chief Executive of the International Education Association of Australia, Phil Honeywood, said: “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.”

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