Continuous growth in number of international student visas granted

Statistics for the year 2014 to 2015, show continuous growth in the number of international students being granted student visas, an increase of 2.6 per cent student visas granted in comparison to the previous year.

On 27 October 2015, in a joint media release by Hon Peter Dutton, MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Hon Sen Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education and Minister assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment announced Australia is welcoming unprecedented numbers of international students in 2015 and expects increasing numbers in 2016.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said it was the fifth successive year of growth in student visa applications.

“This growth is a great outcome for Australia given the importance of international students to the Australian economy,” Mr Dutton said.

“International education was worth over $18 billion to the Australian economy in 2014-15, making it our fourth largest export earner by value and a major job creator,” Senator Colbeck said. “International students make a welcome contribution to the cultural richness of our education institutions and the wider Australian community.”

Both Ministers acknowledged the Australian Government’s commitment to enhancing Australia’s global reputation for delivering a high quality study and living experience. Australia’s first national strategy for international education is being developed to provide a ten year outlook for strengthening the sector further.

There is no limit on the number of student visas issued each year and there are seven (7) types of student visas. To be eligible for a student visa, applicants must be accepted for full time study in a course listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Applicants must also meet financial, health insurance, English language proficiency and health and character requirements.

There are two other visas related to the student visa programme, the Student Guardian (subclass 580) visa and the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The Student Guardian visa is for individuals who wish to accompany and care for minors studying in Australia.  The Temporary Graduate visa allows international students to live and work in Australia temporarily after they have finished their studies.

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REFERENCE

http://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/statistics/student-visa-2014-15-to-2015-06-30.pdf

http://www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton/2015/Pages/Australia-increasingly-a-destination-of-choice-for-international-students.aspx