55,000+ foreign student visas cancelled in four-year period

August 02, 2018

Tens of thousands of foreign student visas have been cancelled in recent years on grounds including bad character and fraud - something Conservative Party leader has been calling out for years and he says there is still more to be done to address the rorts.

The Herald Sun reports overseas student visa holders are a major contributor to net overseas migration to Australia, with more than 374,000 visas approved in 2016-17, while that figure was 278,000 in 2010-11.

Department of Home Affairs figures reveal that more than 55,000 student visas were cancelled in the four years from 2013-14 on grounds such as bad character, breaching work rules and suspected fraud.

Migration expert Dr Bob Birrell, from the Australian Population Research Institute, said that the scale of the overseas student market is affecting entry-level jobs prospects for young Australians and also competition for housing.

“It is the biggest factor driving net overseas migration to Australia and there has been pressure on migration authorities in the past to go soft on transgressions by foreign students," he said.

Senator Bernardi has told 2GB's Steve Price, there is still substantial gaming of the visa and immigration systems.

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