16 December 2010

Australia immigration minister announces student visa review

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The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, have announced a review of the student visa program.

Australian student visa

The Australia immigration minister has announced new Australian Student Visa measures.

The government has also announced a package of measures for the international education sector, which has come under increasing pressure as a result of the rising value of the Australian dollar, the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis in some countries, and growing competition from the United States, New Zealand and Canada for international students.

The strategic review of the Australian Student Visa program will give education providers and stakeholders an important opportunity to share their vision of the sector’s future.

“The review is tasked with enhancing the continued competitiveness of the international education sector, as well as strengthening the integrity of the student visa program,” Mr Evans said.

The government has appointed the Hon Michael Knight AO to undertake the review, and to report to Mr Bowen and Senator Evans by mid-2011.

The government is also introducing a package of measures to streamline the visa application process for lower risk cohorts while continuing to maintain Australia immigration integrity.

The measures include:

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