Australia refused 50% of student visa applications from India in 2022


Indian, Nepalese and Sri Lankan students have had their student visa applications refused for Australian higher vocational education.

International Visa for professional students in India, Nepal and Pakistan fell to less than one in four. Australian visa authorities are concerned about the good faith of these applicants, according to various reports.

Visa grant rates for vocational education students have been below 50% for most of 2022.

Only 3.8%, that is to say 34 of the more than 900 applications from vocational training students, were approved.

As of July 2022, 96,000 Indian students were studying in Australia, forming the second largest group of overseas students after China.

Australian immigration authorities have traditionally subjected offshore VET applicants to a high degree of scrutiny and as a result there has been a high refusal rate

In higher education too, the success rate fell to 56% for Indian students, 57% for Pakistani students. Meanwhile, Nepalese students received only 33% of higher education visas and 15% of vocational education visas.

AustraliaHome Secretary Clare O’Neil recently called the immigration system ‘clumsy, expensive and just doesn’t work’.

She announced that former Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson, barrister Joanna Howe and consultant John Azarias would conduct a “comprehensive review” of Australia’s migration system.

A Melbourne-based registered immigration agent, Vishal Sharma, who has clients from India and Nepal, said a significant number of visas refused on the basis of inauthentic entrant

“There have been a significant number of visas that have been refused on the basis of an inauthentic entrant without even considering the circumstances of genuine students who were planning to study in Australia,” Sharma told The Australia Today.

However, he agreed that there was a mafia of dubious agents operating in the Indian subcontinent who tried to obtain visas based on false documents.

The Australian government has tried to address visa processing delays by recruiting more new staff and also redistributing the processing workload.

In addition, the Higher Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia’s higher education regulator, has also warned Australian institutions to monitor the activities of their education officers and international students they enroll.

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