Archive for September 2010

OVERSEAS STUDENTS – MIGRANT VISAS – THE LATEST NEWS

A lot of change is happening in Australia with overseas students and the Australian Visa System.

Not too long ago it was an easy step for an overseas student to come and study here, obtain a degree, and then successfully apply for a work visa. This is no longer the case.

Current visa rules are much more onerous. For example, right now, the family of a Chinese student wanting to do an undergraduate course at university would need to show it has up to $150,000 in the bank for 6 months before the date of the visa application, in order to qualify to obtain the student visa.

The government says it is trying to get the right balance between making the visa application process easier for GENUINE STUDENTS, while imposing appropriate checks on those who may seek to ABUSE THE SYSTEM.

Australian Universities are getting extremely worried as they depend on fees from overseas students to subsidize domestic students who do not want to pay high tuition fees. So the whole this is now a very hot political potato. They are predicting that if the government does make some changes to its current policies then by 2015 international student enrollments in higher education could fall from current of about 214,000 to about 148,00 resulting in about 36,182 fewer jobs and a collapse in university revenues of $7 billion dollars.

Critics say the government is making ill-informed decisions with no over-arching strategy and vision.

Recent data shows that visas granted to students applying from overseas fell by 25 per cent in 2009-2010.

Overseas students have an important impact on the economy. They buy or rent properties and purchase many goods and services.

With current government policy the “tap” is slowly being turned off.

Coming to study in Australia used to be an easy path to permanent residence. It is now far more complex.

Australian Visa Experts is allied to top migration agents that can help you navigate the current hurdles and obstacles. Just go to the website and follow the steps to send us in your enquiry and we will respond promptly and tell you what we can do for you.

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