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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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Student Visas and IELTS Test

Outcome of Full Federal Court case – Minister for Immigration and Citizenship vs Kamal [2009] FCAFC 98

Before 21 August 2009, interpretation of Schedule 5A of the English proficiency provisions with theMigration Regulations 1994 required that English language test results be submitted with Student visa applications and that the test must have been sat no more than two years before the application was made.

In a unanimous decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia dated 21 August 2009 the Court concluded the Migration Regulations do not prevent a visa applicant from relying on the results of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test taken after the date of the Student visa application.

This decision does not affect Student visa applications already decided.

Student visa applicants (both onshore and offshore) may still be eligible for visa grant if they sit an IELTS test and receive the requisite score after date of application but before date of decision. However Student visa applicants are encouraged to have sat an IELTS test and achieved a requisite score prior to lodging an application

Student visa applicants will not be eligible for a visa if they provide an English language test that is older than two years prior to the date of application.

When a Student visa application is lodged, the Department can make a decision on the information at hand.

If the results from an IELTS test are not submitted with a Student visa application, applicants should indicate that they have booked an IELTS test within a reasonable timeframe and the date of that test.

Applicants seeking a visa in the Schools sector will not be affected by this recent decision as they are already able to sit an IELTS test after application.
Note: Special English language test waiver provisions continue to be in place for school applicants who are in the PRC (excluding the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions).

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