Australia cancels 15,066 student visas; Indians hardest hit

Written by Press Trust of India | Melbourne/London | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 08:49am hrs
Australia has cancelled 15,066 student visas of foreign nationals for breaching visa conditions and over 3,000 face deportation for flunking subjects, with Indians among the hardest hit, reports said on Tuesday.

The immigration department has already cancelled 15,066 foreign student visas in the past year, a 37% spike from the previous year. About 3,624 students are facing deportation for flunking subjects or missing classes and a further 2,235 visas were cancelled on students who quit their original courses and were either working illegally, in some cases in brothels, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The report said that one in every five international students is Chinese, while one in every six is Indian. The majority of international students were placed in New South Wales and Victoria.

The report said that Indian students have been hit the hardest where as Chinese students were fared better as they were less likely to be studying for a trade.

Under the new rules, University graduates will have the right to work here for two years after they graduate, leaving vocational training students to wait on a second tranche of changes, due next year, to find out where they stand.

Of the 332,709 international students in Australia in June, more than half were studying at university, while a third were on vocational training visas studying diploma courses.

To receive a visa students must be enrolled in a course and show they can pay tuition and living costs and meet health and English language tests.

UK bans 1,900 Indian banks for student visa

UK on Tuesday published a list of nearly 1,900 banks in India, most of them cooperative, whose financial statements will not be accepted for student visa purposes, a move that is set to affect thousands of Indian students wanting to study there. The new list has just 85 banks operating in India whose statements will be accepted for purposes of student visas.

As part of the application for student visas, Tier 4 under the points-based system, applicants have to show evidence of possessing the necessary funds to pursue a course of study and live in the UK for the duration of the course.