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Australian Immigration News 21st May 2024

Australian Immigration Update: Student Visa Caps and Policy Changes

Welcome to the latest Australian Immigration News, brought to you by Visa and Immigrations. Let’s begin our today’s blog update.



Crisis in Australian Universities

The government’s silent release of news about capping student numbers last Friday night has caused quite a stir. By Monday morning, university leaders were in crisis meetings with key ministers, including Education Minister Jason Clare, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neal, and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles. Universities, fearing financial ruin, are now at odds with the government—a stark contrast from their previously collaborative relationship.

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University Leaders Speak Out

For the first time in recent memory, vice chancellors from major universities publicly expressed their concerns. Professor Mark Scott from the University of Sydney emphasized the global nature of their student market, highlighting that potential students have other top-ranked global universities to consider. Similarly, Michael Wesley from the University of Melbourne pointed out the anomaly of including international student numbers in Australia‘s migration statistics, despite 80% of these students leaving after their studies.


Government’s Changing Stance

Less than a year ago, the government was actively promoting international student enrollment, with high-profile marketing trips to India. The Education Minister’s recent comments about needing to diversify student nationalities and reduce reliance on Chinese and Indian students seem contradictory to past efforts.

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Broken Promises and New Policies

The government’s earlier promise to extend graduate visas for certain international students is now in jeopardy, leading to disappointment among those who enrolled based on this assurance. Additionally, the government has instructed universities to diversify their student intake, specifically reducing the numbers of Chinese and Indian students, which has sparked accusations of discriminatory policies.


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Political Responses and Future Uncertainties

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has proposed further reducing permanent migration numbers without clear implementation plans. This proposal comes amidst ongoing changes, including the controversial decision to limit the 485 graduate visa age cap to 35, impacting thousands of international students who planned to gain work experience in Australia post-graduation.

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Looking Ahead

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