11 June 2010

Indian Government to protest Australian Student Visa changes

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India will lobby the Australian Government against the proposed changes in its migration policy that is expected to impact as many as 80,000 existing Indians students in the country, a senior official said.

The official from the Indian consulate in Sydney said the Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and meet his Australian counterparts on June 12 to discuss the matter. Congress MP Manish Tewari is also in Sydney and is expected to meet All International Students Association in Australia President Navjot Singh to discuss the issue.

"Until recently, the racial attacks on Indians were a problem but the bigger problem that is seen emerging is the new migration rules coming into effect from July 1. This will impact a large number of international students, majority of which are from India and China," the official said.

"We are not opposing the migration rule change and the government is well within its right to do so. This law should not be made applicable with retrospective effect as proposed by the Australian government," the official said.

According to the High Commission officials, many Indian students feel that they have been misled and after having been charged large amounts of money for education in Australia may not be able to continue to be a permanent migrant, the Hindustan Times reported.

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