No spike in rejections, we just want good students to enroll, says Australia’s High Commissioner to India

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Posted on April 24, 2024


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Philip Green OAM, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, responded to recent worries around what is thought to be a rise in the number of Indian students intending to study in Australia being denied visas. In response to speculation that these denials may be making Indian students reevaluate their plans, Green provided clarification, claiming that the data did not corroborate stories of a sharp increase in visa denials.

Green claims that the data he looked at shows that there hasn’t been a noticeable increase in the number of visa rejections this year compared to last. He underlined that Australia does not have a limit on the amount of international students who can enroll there, in contrast to certain other nations. This strategy is in line with Australia’s resolve to draw in and accept overseas students.

“The number of students being turned down has not increased. “I have examined these figures personally, and they bear a striking resemblance to the figures from previous year,” Green told ANI. He clarified that although Australia welcomes international students, it makes an effort to guarantee that they are accepted into respectable universities and are paired with appropriate courses for a fulfilling educational experience. Green emphasized that the selection process tries to benefit and acknowledged the necessity to maintain high standards.

Green reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to accepting Indian students while disputing reports of a spike in rejections and highlighting the significance of upholding quality. In closing, he expressed hope for the future and hinted that there may even be a rise in the number of Indian students studying in Australia in the upcoming year. The purpose of this statement is to reassure families and students that Australia is still an inviting country for higher education.

Australia has achieved a noteworthy landmark in the number of its overseas students, surpassing 700,000 for the first time. As of February 29, there were 713,144 overseas students enrolled in Australian universities, according to figures from the home affairs department. The number of temporary immigrants has reached a record-high of 2.8 million, partly due to the increase in international students.

As mentioned in the migration review, the Albanese administration has already started to handle this surge. These include enforcing stricter English language proficiency standards for student visas and instituting a true student exam to weed out fraudulent candidates. Experts caution that implementing severe steps to lower student enrollment could have unfavorable effects on both the education industry and the overall economy. With an estimated value of almost $50 billion, international education is a major export market for Australia.

There’s been a noticeable increase in visa refusals in spite of the record number of overseas students. For the first time in more than two years, fewer visa applications were submitted than in February, and in the three months preceding February, over 50,000 applications were turned down. Australians are worried about how the abrupt rise in rejections may affect their country’s standing as a top choice for overseas students.