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Rise in Australian Student Visa applications

Australia has once again seen an increase in student visa applications from India after a phase of decline. The number of Indian students applying to study in Australia has risen, with more applications to Australian universities this year. There has been a significant increase in the number of applications received and the number of students applying for universities in Australia.

More than 74,000 student visa applications were lodged in the September 2013 quarter, 7.1% higher than the same period in 2012 and the highest for this quarter in the last four years, according to figures published by the Department of Immigration very recently.

Australia has seen tough three years period when there was a steep decline on number of international students due to many factors. Things started improving after implementation of Knight Recommendations in 2012, under which student’s visa rules are relaxed. A new system under the name of Streamlined Visa Process (SVP) is introduced last year, which is the main factor working behind this growth in number of international students.

The new visa rules allow students to stay and work for a few years after completing their degree, so more students are applying. This new rule allow students to stay in Australia from two to four years after graduating and also allow them to have a job and work in Australia.

From March 2012, “streamlined visa processing” ensured that prospective students faced a less onerous application process if they provided confirmation of enrolment from a participating university in Australia at bachelor, masters or doctoral degree level. Such applications were treated as though they were a lower migration risk, regardless of their country of origin.

The government statistics, released this week, showed there were 346,965 international student visa holders in Australia at the end of September. Offshore student visa lodgements increased by 27.6% – and total student visa grants rose by 13.6% – in the September quarter compared with the same period in the previous year. The application success rate was 94.3%.

 The executive director of the International Education Association of Australia, Phil Honeywood, said a lot of factors might be influencing the upward trend, but it was significant enough to indicate the new visa regime had “become more acceptable to overseas education agents and to some of our traditional markets”.

If you are interested in Australian visas, contact CAAN World Consultants for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you.

Reference: The Guardian 17 January, 2014