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Immigration officials cancel 159 student visas after airport interviews


MORE than 150 overseas students returning to Australia in the last financial year were intercepted by immigration authorities at the airport over visa breaches and put on a plane home within 72 hours.

Indians were the largest group (55) with student visas cancelled at the airport, followed by Chinese (37). And of the 470,221 people who arrived on a student visa, almost 9000 were questioned by immigration officials.

The figures were released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship following an application by the HES under Freedom of Information legislation.

In 2010-11, the most common breach leading to cancellation of a student visa at the airport was failure to maintain an enrolment or no longer attending classes. Of the 159 with visas cancelled, 151 were sent home within 72 hours. Most had vocational education visas (84) or higher education visas (66).

Migration agent Jonathan Granger said although 159 cancellations was a small number, DIAC’s message would be quickly and widely spread through social media used by students.

However, Federation of Indian Students of Australia spokesman Gautam Gupta said the airport crackdowns were “perceived to be retribution because students protested” against attacks on Indian students in 2009.

Monash University’s Chris Nyland, who has written about the plight of international students, said students planning to go overseas should be able to get a document from their institution showing there were no problems of the kind that could get their visa cancelled. “It would say you have permission to leave and you are in good standing at the university,” he said.

Mr Granger described the interceptions as part of “a cat and mouse game” between DIAC and offshore agents.

A few years ago, when cookery and hairdressing were easy routes to permanent residency, Indian agents packaged these vocational courses with higher education, making it easier to secure a visa. However, there was never any intention to go on to the higher education course and some of these students were believed to be among those caught at airports, he said.

If they were allowed back in the country, they could get bridging visas with full work rights and pursue skilled migration, adding to DIAC’s backlog.

In February, when the HES reported the airport crack-down, immigration lawyer Michael Jones said students had no right to independent review of a visa cancellation unless they could get back into the country. He said appeals against visa cancellations had a high success rate because private colleges often had unreliable records.

“How is the student supposed to prove that [kind of objection to a cancellation] in the 10 minutes the student is given at the airport?” he said.

However, a DIAC official said: “Visa cancellations at the border are conducted under strict natural justice rules. Officers will weigh all relevant factors for and against the cancellation.”

Mr Gupta said a student stepping off a long flight, with no legal representation and sometimes poor English, could not get natural justice in a short interview.


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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.


Students Can Apply For a Subclass 856 Visa

Overseas students, who complete a diploma or higher qualification in Australia can apply for a Subclass 856 (Employer Nomination) visa.

Such applications get the highest priority in processing so they are a very attractive alternative to applying for General Skilled Migration.

Of crucial significance to Subclass 856 visa applications by overseas students is the policy provision that overseas students with occupations on the Migration Occupations in Demand List may be eligible for a waiver of the 3 year work experience requirement .

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We will be using this blog to keep you updated about what is happening with Migration government policy as it relates to the visa types that we specialize in – Business Visas, Skilled Migrant Visas, Sponsored temporary visas and Student Visas. Law and Policy is constantly changing as the Government grapples with a very complex economic situation and political demands and lobbying from both business and from unions who represent the interests of workers, many of whom are now losing their jobs.

In the pages of our website you will find a lot of general information the different visas that we are able to assist you with – but it would be impossible for us to keep you fully up to date in those web pages unless we were updating those pages every week. It is just not possible to have our web technicians constantly changing the main pages to include the latest changes or policy updates. SO WE WILL DO THIS ON THE BLOG.

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Things have changed quite a bit since just 6 months ago when the government was publicly announcing that it was throwing its doors wide open to new migrants and encouraging overseas students to come here to study and then apply for permanent residence if they had obtained a skill that Australia needed.

Now Australia, like most other countries, is experiencing a Recession and thousands of local workers are losing their jobs. This has led the government to move to RESTRICT grants of temporary working visas and permanent skilled migrant visas to just those whose skills remain in short supply in Australian and hence are still in high demand.

In the current situation it is more important than ever for anyone wishing to come to Australian to work and/or wishing to migrate here to use the services of a highly skilled migration agent. The chances of self-prepared applications or ones prepared by less experienced agents being rejected by the Department of Immigration is higher than it was before. They are reviewing all applications very carefully to make sure that only the strongest applications are accepted and approved.

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