Oz body calls for student visa regime reform

March 14th, 2011 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Canberra (Australia), Mar.14(ANI): The Australian Government has been urged to reform its international student visa program to curb the overseas students downturn.

On Monday, Indrajeet Chauhan, the international students’ officer of the National Union of Students, the peak body representing Australian university students, said it was time the government took action to reverse the fall of international students.

He blamed the reduction of foreign students in Australia on frequent and unclear changes in immigration policies and tough permanent residency requirements.

International students in Australia about to finish their studies and apply for permanent residency are often confused and dismayed due to the changeable immigration policies, he told Xinhua in an interview.

He said the foreign students who did not get permanent residency or whose applications have been delayed are considering or have already left Australia.

This experience has been shared through word-of-mouth in the home countries of these students, which has resulted in lower numbers of international students coming to Australia, he said.

International student visa applications dropped 18.9 percent between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 program years, according to official figures from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. (ANI)

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