11 February 2011

Report published on Australian visa program for students

The Australian government has released the first comprehensive report on the student visa program providing an invaluable insight into emerging student visa trends, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, said.

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The Australian Government has released a report on the Australian Visa system for students.

This report provides the information the international student sector has been seeking to better track emerging student visa trends, including comparative student visa applications and grants over the past seven years as well as application rates for the first six months of 2010-11.

“For example, it outlines a number of positives for the international student program, including that half of all offshore student visa applications are processed within 12 calendar days, while half of all onshore student visas applications take only 18 calendar days to process,” Mr Bowen said.
The report shows that while student visa applications have declined from record high levels in 2008-09, applications in 2009-10 remained at a level similar to 2007-08.

Grant numbers for the postgraduate research sector and English language intensive courses for overseas students (ELICOS) remained relatively steady during 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Of the 56,834 former student visa holders who transferred to another Australian Visa in the first half of 2010-11, almost 30 per cent continued their studies in Australia and were granted another student visa.

“This report will be a valuable resource for anyone who has a stake in the international student sector and will provide much needed data on which the sector can base its planning for the future,” Mr Bowen said.

The Student Visa Program Report now available online at the department's website. The publication will be updated on a quarterly basis, to keep abreast of trends and other major issues affecting the student visa program.

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