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Australia Tightens Visa Rules For Nigerian Students, Gives Reason

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Admist high migration record, the Australian Government has started the enforcement of tougher visa rules for Nigerian students and their foreign counterparts planning to move to the country as the number of migrants hit a record high.

____According to Reuters, the rules which will commence officially on Saturday indicate that 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 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.

Reports revealed that 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 initiatives follow a slew of measures taken last year to end the prior government’s COVID-era concessions, including unfettered working hours for international students. At the time, the administration stated that standards for students would be tightened, potentially reducing migrant intake by half over the next two years.

However, the quick surge of international workers and students has put further pressure on an already tight rental market.

_____According to data issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday, net immigration increased by 60% to a record 548,800 in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, surpassing the 518,000 persons in the fiscal year ending June 30.

Overall, Australia’s population increased by 2.5%, the fastest rate on record, to 26.8 million people in the year to September.

,,,,,,,____The historic migration, led by students from India, China, and the Philippines, has increased labour supply while containing wage pressures, but it has exacerbated an already tight housing market, with rental vacancies hovering at record lows and rising building prices limiting new supply.


O’Neil stated that the government’s actions since September have resulted in a drop in migration levels, with recent foreign student visa grants down by 35% from the previous year

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