Australia Student Visa Fraud
AUSTRALIA STUDENT VISA CHECKS STRENGTHENED
Visa applications by international students wanting to live and study in Australia are being subjected to closer checking in a bid to stamp out fraudulent applications.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced plans to strengthen checks on student visa applications to stamp out fraud and ensure students are able to support themselves financially when living and studying in Australia.
The Minister said while the majority of student visa applications complied with requirements, there are elements of concern about the large number of fraudulent applications.
The new measures will target document fraud, as well as the ability of students to support themselves financially, identification and bona fides in some parts of the student caseload.
The measures implemented with immediate effect include:
- Upgrading the interview program to identify fraudulent applications.
- Removing or restricting eVisa access for some agents where there is evidence of fraud.
- Restricting access to eVisa for applications from some countries if analysis demonstrates restricted access would allow for better control of fraud.
The measures will focus on student visa applications from India, Mauritius, Nepal, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
The Minister said student visa requirements matched the immigration risk presented by an applicant.