Australia is on track for its biggest-ever annual intake of Indian students, topping 2019’s high watermark of 75,000. With that there is an increase of fraudulent applicants which the Universities are taking drastic steps to reduce.
International students have been facing 2 shocking news in Australia, especially Indian students. While the first news is regarding five universities placing bans or restrictions on Indian students who are coming from specific states. The second news is regarding international students already in Australia who are gaming the visa system and changing their course after arriving.
NEWS #1: Restrictions from five Australian universities
Due to fraudulent documents and incomplete applications submitted by some Indian students, certain restrictions are being imposed on them. These students are not genuinely interested in studying in Australia and are more interested in working and making money. They often work full-time hours, exceeding the limit of 48 hours a fortnight or 24 hours a week. Many of these students have fraudulent documents. As a result, they do not meet the requirements of the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) policy.
The majority of these fraudulent applications come from states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, which is why universities are implementing restrictions.
Universities that have imposed restrictions are:
- Victoria University
- Edith Cowan University
- University of Wollongong
- Torrens University
- Southern Cross University
Why are Universities banning student application?
Isn’t this the responsibility of The Australian Department of Home Affairs?
Well, Australian universities have the power to help their students get visas quickly, but only if their students are genuine. Higher-ranked universities have more power to help fast-track the student visa application with home affairs, while lower-ranked ones don’t have such power. If a university’s students aren’t genuine, the university could lose its higher ranking and its power to help its students. So, some universities are banning students from certain states in India.
How will this affect your application?
The Indian students who are planning to study in Australia and have proper documentation and qualifications, they don’t need to worry about these restrictions. However, students who have fraudulent documents or incomplete applications will face bans or restrictions or some serious consequences.
NEWS #2: Indian Students are gaming the visa system
Thousands of Indian students have discovered cost-effective alternatives to established universities by enrolling in private colleges through the use of visa system loopholes. This has raised concerns about the potential for widespread exploitation of the temporary migration scheme.
Some Indian students come to Australia to study for a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but within a few months, they switch to a diploma course so that they can save money and work more. This practice violates their visa, which states that if they have come to study for a master’s degree, they must study at that level. Agents within Australia or onshore agents are helping these students change their course, and this number has gone up to 40-70% from the original 10% drop out rate. It is essential for education and migration agents to guide students towards the most appropriate course of action that complies with Australia’s visa regulations. Students must strictly adhere to these regulations to prevent any potential violations.
International students, especially Indian students, need to be aware of the visa regulations and requirements before coming to Australia. Fraudulent documents and incomplete applications could lead to bans or restrictions, and changing courses to save money could result in violating their visa. Therefore, students should have proper documentation, follow their visa regulations, and take advice from their agents regarding their best course options.
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