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Indian students may have to push harder to get Aus visa

Indian students seeking admission in Australia may have to push harder to get a visa as authorities there have moved India up on the 'immigration risk' scale to check their numbers.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2008 11:16 IST

Indian students seeking admission in Australia may have to push harder to get a visa as authorities there have moved India up on the 'immigration risk' scale to check their numbers.

According to the latest official data, there were 65,000 Indian students in Australia in the year to June, mostly in vocational education. Although they constitute smaller number as compared to Chinese students but their growth rate was much higher -- upto about 55 per cent as compared to China's 19 per cent.

While India was not alone in moving up the risk scale, Visa applicants from Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Romania and Zimbabwe will also have to now do extra work to show that they were bona-fide students.

"The status of these nine countries had been changed 'to combat increased levels of immigration risk'," an spokesperson from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said.

The spokesperson, however, said "genuine applicants had nothing to fear from the changes".

"All universities were likely to have asked students to lodge their visa applications and processed before September 1 change in immigration risk levels, which affects a host of overseas markets," the pro-Vice Chancellor (international) of New South Wales University, Jennie Lang said.

We will also be encouraging (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) staff in offshore posts to ensure that university sector applicants are given priority, Lang was qouted in 'The Australian' newspaper.