Australia raises the bar for student visas as immigration reaches a historic high.

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 Australia sets higher standards for student visas as immigration numbers hit a record high.

In order to further tighten down on foreign students who intend to come to Australia primarily to work, a new "genuine student test" will be implemented.

Australia raises the bar for student visas as immigration reaches a historic high.
February 15, 2023: During orientation week at The University of Sydney, in Camperdown, Australia, students pass by booths. Reuters

This week, Australia will start implementing stricter visa regulations for international students after government data revealed that migration reached a new high. This will probably make an already tight rental market even more difficult.

Starting on Saturday, there will be more stringent English language standards for graduate and student visas. Additionally, the government will have the authority to stop foreign education providers from accepting new students if they consistently violate regulations.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil stated in a statement, "The actions this weekend will continue to drive migration levels down while delivering on our commitments in the migration strategy to fix the broken system we inherited."

In an effort to target foreign students who want to come to Australia primarily for employment, a new "genuine student test" will be implemented, and more visitor visas will be subject to "no further stay" restrictions.

Australia increased its yearly migration figures in 2022 to assist companies in hiring workers to cover staffing gaps following the COVID-19 epidemic, which imposed stringent border controls and prevented foreign workers and students from entering the country for almost two years.

However, the strain on an already tight rental market has increased due to the unexpected influx of foreign workers and students.

Net immigration increased by 60% to a record 548,800 in the year ending September 30, 2023, according to data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. This figure was higher than the 518,000 individuals in the year ending June 2023.

 In all, Australia's population increased to 26.8 million in September of last year at the quickest rate ever recorded—a 2.5% increase.

The unprecedented migration, which was primarily caused by students from the Philippines, China, and India, has increased the labor pool and reduced wage pressures, but it has also made the already tight housing market worse, with rental vacancies remaining at record low levels and new supply being constrained by higher building costs.

According to O'Neil, since September, the government's initiatives have resulted in a decrease in migration levels; recent granting of international student visas have decreased by 35% compared to the previous year.

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