Australian Student Visa - One of the most important immigration information for Australia that people planning to move into the country need to know is all about its educational system.
Last year, the Australian student visa program was one of the most talked about among the numerous immigration programs being handled by the Department of immigration and Citizenship. Indeed, the changes that the department has made on the program had a significant effect in the foreign student community. Thus, many incoming students from other countries are hoping that this year would be a good one to enroll in Australia.
It should be noted that the DIAC actually began implementing the changes in the student visa program since late 2009. However, it was during last year when the more major ones started to take effect. One of these major changes was the reorganization of the courses that can be granted visas under the program. The reorganization was a result of the revamp made in the related skilled migration program.
As there are a lot of foreign students enrolled in many of the courses that were removed, they have no choice but to return home to their countries. This has resulted in a significant drop in the number of enrollments in many tertiary institutions. In particular, the Indian foreign student population dropped from more than 100,000 to just around 29,000, the biggest drop during that year.
Another cause for the drop in the number of foreign students was the new set of requirements implemented for the program. One of these requirements is an increased level of English proficiency but, as many of these students come from non-English speaking countries, this certainly has become quite a problem for them. There is also the issue of increased financial requirements for student visa applicants.
Aside from the students themselves, the education industry has also been concerned about the effects of these changes into their business. As it is, these educational institutions derive a large part of their income from foreign students. The significant drop in the number of enrollments last year has certainly had and effect on them.
Thus, both these groups were relieved to learn that the DIAC will be conducting a review of the changes that they implemented last year. The announcement actually came in the midst of clamor coming from these groups to reverse these changes.
According to department officials, they are conducting the review in order to not only address the concerns of both groups, but also to assess which of these changes have indeed worked as they had hoped for. The department also said that this would be an opportunity for them to determine what kind of changes can still be done in the program.