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Australia's proposed changes to immigration and student visa regulations may affect Indian students.

  • Posted on December 11, 2023
  • Business

Australia plans to tighten visa rules affecting international students and low-skilled workers, expecting a significant decline in migrant intake. This overhaul aims to address a "broken" migration system and regulate English tests and second visa applications, impacting Indian students' stay and future prospects.

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Australia has announced stringent changes to its visa policies, affecting international students and low-skilled workers. The government aims to halve migrant intake over two years, asserting the need to address a "broken" migration system. Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil stressed the strategy's broader implications for Australia's future beyond mere numbers during a media briefing.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese echoed concerns, emphasizing the necessity of winding back migration to a "sustainable level." The reforms aim to apply downward pressure on net overseas migration, anticipating a decline in migrant numbers, which had spiked significantly, largely due to international students.

The surge in net immigration, mainly driven by international students, has triggered concerns. Australia, aiming to support businesses amidst post-COVID recovery, had increased migration numbers. However, this influx worsened pressure on the rental market and contributed to rising homelessness, as per a survey by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Reflecting public sentiment, 62% of Australian voters expressed concerns about the high migration intake. With the labor market heavily reliant on immigration, the government aims to streamline the entry of highly skilled workers by introducing a specialist visa with a one-week processing time.

Specifically impacting Indian students, recent data highlights a significant rise in their numbers pursuing education in Australia. The increase in student visas granted and the growing population of Indian students reflect a substantial surge, presenting potential challenges with the new visa rules.

As Australia revamps its migration policies, it remains to be seen how these changes will impact not only migration numbers but also the experiences and opportunities available to international students, notably those from India.


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