Indian international students blacklisted from Australian universities

This time last week, we reported how international students from India, Nepal and Pakistan had been deemed “high-risk” by Australia, which means that students from these nations would now face deeper scrutiny and have more difficulty obtaining visas from the Department of Home Affairs.

In particular, student applicants from these nations are now required to demonstrate they are ‘genuine’ by proving strong English-language proficiency, as well as having adequate funds available to support themselves.

This news was noteworthy because India and Nepal are now Australia’s second and third biggest source nations for international students, as well as the fastest growing. Accordingly, the tighter visa controls necessarily mean that student enrolments should fall going forward, thus effectively ending Australia’s international student boom.

The impacts are already being felt, with several Australian educational institutions closing their doors to student applications from India:

These [visa] changes have already started affecting many students from India who say they are now unable to get admission in various Australian institutes.

Iqbal Singh*, a recent graduate from a Punjab-based institute wants to come to Australia as an international student… his offer letter issued for an advanced diploma by the University of Technology, Sydney has now been cancelled…

“UTS just said there is an increase in visa refusals from a number of high-risk regions in India, and hence they took this decision to withdraw or cancel any offers or CoEs [Confirmation of Enrolments] from the university”…

SBS Punjabi also has access to the information circulars distributed by UTS and UTS Insearch**, which clearly mentions that ‘until further notice, UTS and UTS Insearch will not be issuing any offers or joint eCoEs for students from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab…

Sydney-based migration agent Harjinder Chauhan told SBS Punjabi that not only UTS but many other educational providers have taken a similar decision to ‘avoid’ Indian students. “I know at least three education providers who have taken this decision,” he said…

“Education experts believe that some non-genuine students may use the Universities as a loophole for easy entry to Australia, and hence, this decision of dropping all the applications,” he added.

“Ever since the visa system is updated, the visa applicants from India, Pakistan and Nepal are desperate to find their way into Australia, so I’m not really surprised that this is happening”…

“We are likely to see a slump in the numbers from the Indian sub-continent,” he said.

“Canada has always been a country of choice for Indian students, and now England is also trying to lure international students from the sub-continent by providing them with a two-year post-student work visa.”

Thus, with the stroke of a departmental pen, Australia’s international student bubble has been popped. While the article doesn’t mention it, applicants from fast-growing Nepal are also likely facing the same barriers to entry.

These visa restrictions also come alongside the Morrison Government’s 30,000 reduction in Australia’s permanent migrant intake, as well as its attempts to shift international students away from Sydney and Melbourne into the regions. Both measures have reduced the incentive to study in Australia, since it is now far less likely to lead to permanent residency, and makes it harder to live in the major cities.

They also come at the same time as student visa applications from China are plunging.

While Australia’s universities will lament the loss of easy fees, domestic students should gain from the improvement in pedagogical standards, which will no longer be eroded to the same degree by low-quality, non-English speaking students.

Unconventional Economist

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

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Comments

  1. I went to the tulip festivle in Bowral yesterday, I was a minority amongst a sea of Indians. For something that was 1.5 hour drive from Sydney I was surprised to be a minority white person.

      • reusachtigeMEMBER

        You racialist unemployed bum! What are they doing there? Enjoying the farkn flowers scumbag!! Now get back into your hole in Cronulla instead of striving hard like they do.

        • ErmingtonPlumbing

          Wow!,…I’ve never seen you state a strong position on anything other than Property investing and/or Relations parties Reusa!

          Could it be you are evolving as a person?

        • Oh wise one Reusa, how can we maintain profits while ridding ourselves of the subcontinental scourge?

      • boomengineeringMEMBER

        Not surprising at Manly yesterday but surprising fully dressed except for feet in the sea and it looked nothing like the Ganges. Afraid to wash the sand off their feet ?

  2. This is strange. Why not simply get rid of group assignments at UTS and raise the fees.

    Should also have entrance interviews to reject the utterly hopeless foreign “students” before they begin the “degree”.

  3. I bet that many subcontinent newcomers also work in the dept of immigration and make sure their kind always gets to the top of the pile

    • You can be absolutely sure that is happening in IT departments, government agencies, etc. If I were to recruit my own kind into a department, IT operation, etc. I would be immediately be tagged as being racist. The whole operation goes into decline as many of these people are inept.

      • Yep, It’s well known at my place amongst anyone not from the subcontinent that once they get into management they immediately start hiring their ‘brown brothers’. They still have to keep a few of us locals around to do the needful and keep things running but we are slowly being replaced.

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Racialist, pure and simple. It’s showing a lack of acceptance of their cultural differences and preferences.

    • Leo WankerMEMBER

      It’s simply un Australian. Who is going to rent Reusa’s investment properties now…

  5. Now watch as universities blame everyone else but themselves for this change. They can not be trusted to scrutinize applications with academic integrity (or any other form of integrity).

  6. TailorTrashMEMBER

    As said above … wait a year and see
    …. strayan borders and Laws are no longer controlled by strayans or respected by new arrivals
    …sounds nice in the government press release
    …….but there is now a whole “industry” in immigration
    making lots of money selling access to the country .

    • “Tikka and naan” is the globalist-acceptable version of the vile whitey slang of “Buckley’s and none”

      • Charlie Daniels

        I think Dominos missed a trick with their “Dom” Pizza checker. They should have given it a more vibrant name.

      • Sooooo…..

        Three robots in total. Splat the sauce, spread the sauce and move the pizza into oven.

        Making the dough, spreading the toppings, removing and cutting pizza, boxing it – all human.

        Wonder if they have a ticker to short the sh!t out of them. they are, after all, are “valued” at $2B according to the quick google search. Nah, strike that, extensive market research.

  7. Too little and too late. Typical of the increasing ineptitude of the institutions of this country.