No backdoor entry in Australia, Indians are troubled by these 6 changes in visa

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Australia has made a major change in the rules for issuing visas to foreign students, due to which it has become more difficult for foreign students to get a visa to study in Australia. This will affect Indians the most. Regarding these rules, Australia's Home Minister Claire O'Neill had said that these changes would reduce the pressure on the housing market a bit. By 30 September 2023, migration to Australia had increased by 60 percent to 5,48,800. From July 1, the government will close the way under which visitor visa and temporary graduate visa holders will no longer be able to apply for onshore student visas. In fact, some Indians often come to Australia through 'backdoor' i.e. tourist visa and get a study visa by enrolling in a college there.

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Number of Indian students in Australia crosses 1.5 lakh

The number of international students living in Australia has increased from 30 thousand to more than 150,000 in 2022-23. More than 36,000 applications have been received from July 1, 2023 to the end of May 2024. More than one lakh Indian students were studying in Australian institutions in 2022. This number was 1.22 lakh in the period from January to September 2023. Now they will have to spend more money to study in Australia. According to Australia's 2021 census, 9,76,000 Indians were living in the country.

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First change: Visa fee increased from 40 thousand to 90 thousand rupees

The processing fee for Australian visa has been more than doubled. This increase is about 125 percent. Earlier this fee was around Rs 39,546, which has now increased to Rs 89,118.

Second change: Students will have to save more

The new visa policy has increased the amount of savings required for a student to enter Australia. The Australian government has now made it mandatory for students to save more than before to meet their living expenses in Australia, which will be 75% of Australia's national minimum wage. Foreign students will have to show savings of at least Rs 16,29,964 to qualify for an Australian visa. The government says that this change is being made so that students can meet their necessary expenses while studying in Australia. Although these changes were implemented from May 10, but now they have been fully implemented with the new changes from July 1.

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Third change: English exam became very difficult

It is now mandatory to score well in the English language test to get an Australian visa. The IELTS score for temporary graduate visa applicants has been increased from 6.0 to 6.5. Those who wish to apply for this visa must score at least 6.0 in this test. The government is preventing students from adopting methods through which they can extend their visa.

Fourth change: Age reduction for temporary graduate visa

The Australian government has also reduced the age of temporary graduate visa (TGV) for students. Earlier this age limit used to be 50 years, which has now been increased to 35 years. This rule has also come into effect from July 1.

Fifth change: No need to apply for a visa while in Australia

The Australian government has put another hurdle in the way of getting a visa. Now it will not be valid to apply for a visa in Australia. For this, one will have to apply abroad or the migrants will have to apply from their own country. Earlier, people who got visitor visa and temporary graduate visa used to apply for student visa while living in Australia. This rule has also come into effect from July 1.

Sixth change: Exams for genuine students implemented, very strict

The Australian government has added another rule to the visa rules, that is the Genuine Student Test. This test will identify the right students. It will replace the earlier Genuine Temporary Entrant. This will stop those who want to go to Australia on the pretext of student visa.

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Applications made before July 1 will not be affected

Visitors, temporary graduate visa holders and other types of visa holders currently in Australia can no longer apply for student visas under the new rules. However, student visa applications submitted in Australia before July 1, 2024 will not be affected by these rules.

The maximum period of stay on a tourist visa is 12 months

The Australian tourist visa fee for Indians is around Rs 14,100 for a period of 90 days, with a validity of 90 days. However, the visa fee is subject to change and is non-refundable. The duration of stay on a tourist visa can vary, but generally it allows a stay of 3, 6 or 12 months.

Student visa has become more expensive than America, Britain and Canada

After the new changes, getting a student visa in Australia has become more expensive than the US, UK and Canada. Currently, the fee for a student visa in the US is around Rs 15,433, while in Canada it is around Rs 9,178 and in the UK it is Rs 51,732. The Australian government said that these changes will help in removing the loopholes in the visa rules. This will allow only genuine students to get visas.

Why did visa rules become strict in Australia, what were the arguments given

The Australian government has taken this step to curb the rapidly increasing number of immigrants. Actually, people come to Australia for tourism and later convert their tourist visa into a study visa. They get a work visa by taking admission in colleges there. Later they get a temporary visa, which is called T-visa.

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