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Australia Tightens Student Visa Rules for International Students | Full Details

The Australian Government has announced that the country will come up with stricter migration rules for foreign students starting from Saturday, March 23rd, 2024.

From Saturday, English language requirements for student and graduate visas will be increased, while the government will get the power to suspend education providers from recruiting international students if they repeatedly break rules.
 

The announcement which made on Thursday, March 21st, 2024 was in response to the sharp rise in the country’s population which has caused a strain on the already-tight rental market.

What is the current Australian English Language Requirement

Undergraduate Students:

You can meet English entry requirements if you have completed an English subject in your prior secondary studies that is equivalent to an Australian Year 12 level (score requirements also apply).

Postgraduate Students:

You can meet English entry requirements if you have completed studies at an institution where English is the language of instruction, communication and assessment for all aspects of study for the whole of the educational institution by satisfactorily completing one year of full-time study

You may be required to submit documentary evidence in the form of an official letter from the institution at which the study was completed.

This document must be written and signed by the institution’s registrar (or other authorised person of the institution).

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Australia boosted its annual migration numbers in 2022 to help businesses recruit staff to fill shortages after the COVID-19 pandemic brought strict border controls, and kept foreign students and workers out for nearly two years.

The country has however announced that it shall begin enforcing tougher visa rules for foreign students this week as official data showed migration hit another record high, which is likely to further exacerbate an already tight rental market.

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According to Reuters, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday showed net immigration rose 60% to a record 548,800 in the year to Sept. 30, 2023, higher than the 518,000 people in the year ending June 2023.
 
Overall, Australia’s population was found to have risen by 2.5% – the fastest pace on record – to 26.8 million people in the year to last September.

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What is the Australian New Visa Rule?

A new “genuine student test” will be introduced to further crack down on international students who look to come to Australia primarily to work, while the imposition of “no further stay” conditions will be used on more visitor visas.
 
“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,” Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said in a statement.
 

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What the Australian New Visa Rule Means for Nigerians

The record migration and consequent population increase was driven primarily by students from India, China and Philippines. This has expanded labour supply and restrained wage pressures, but it exacerbated an already tight housing market

Nigerians currently do not require English proficiency tests (IELTS or TOEFL) to study in Australia as international students.

This is because Australian universities do not require students whose undergraduate medium of instruction was English to submit these documents.

However, the new genuine student test will apply as well to Nigerians as the country looks to reduce the number of migrants. 

We hereby encourage prospective students to begin preparing for standardized English proficiency tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge ETS.

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