Within a week of Australia downgrading India’s student visa assessment level, SBS Punjabi has become aware of Australian education providers canceling or withdrawing Confirmation of Enrolments (CoEs) and offer letters to Indian students, specifically from the northern Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Listen to this conversation for more information.
In March, the Morrison Government announced that it had cut Australia’s non-humanitarian permanent migrant intake by 30,000 to 160,000 for the next four years. The Government also announced that it would re-weight the permanent skilled intake away from independent visas toward employer sponsored visas.
Student visa applications from India, Pakistan, and Nepal will now fall in the high-risk category as the assessment level for these countries has been changed from Level 2 to Level 3. Under the current student visa framework, the application requirements change based on the country of passport and the level of the education provider. Listen to this audio for more information.