Australian Has Cracked Down the Visa Grant for International Students which leads to Loss of Approx Rs. 80000 for Indian Students

Australia has cracked down the Visa Grant for International Students as it aims to reduce the level of migration down under its new migration regime. Due to the new migration laws a lot of visas have been refused, slow visa processing for Level 3 universities to check the authenticity of the student and the institution. Few Australian Universities have withdrawn Admission Offers made to students or have asked them to defer their admissions to next intake or offered a full refund. These reactions have come from universities out of panic of the new laws and apprehension that student might not be able to clear the visa process, in turn denting their reputation. The Aussie universities have also introduced a ‘Genuine Student Test” which requires a student to show higher bank balance and a greater score in the English Language Test.

In the last 2 quarters of 2023 the overall student visa rejection in Australia had come to 20% and for Indian Students, the rejection rate was 33%. This is the biggest spike by Australia in terms of visa rejection in the last 2 decades. The Australian education system is on course to reduce the international student population to 250000 in the coming year, which is part of its plan.
There are complaints from the students as they say there is no single system followed in acceptance of one visa and the rejection of the other. As per rejection letters issued to many students, the main reason was given that they are from a less economically developed country. India is second highest source of student markets for Australian Universities and sent more than 125000 students to Australia in 2023.

Some top unnamed Australian Universities have narrowed down the list of countries they will offer admissions to improve visa approval rates. Applications from students of a few countries have been put on hold until further clarification. Many students lost AU$ 700 to 800 in visa application fees and around Rs. 30000 for forex loss from refund of tuition fees for whom Admissions were withdrawn by Australian universities.