Sunday, January 24, 2010

Australia to tighten immigration process

In the wake of continuing attacks on Indian students, Australia is planning to make immigration rules tougher so that only genuine Indian students go there for higher studies and not the ones who look for backdoor entry for employment. Canberra has also commissioned an external review to see how to tighten the process of weeding out private educational institutions that do not measure up to standards. We want criteria for registration to make it tougher. We have introduced legislation in Parliament to do that, Australian high commissioner Peter Varghese said. He was answering questions on what Australia was doing to cut down on students going from India for non-specialised courses and end up doing unskilled work.

Varghese said a very large number of students go to Australia to train in institutions not run by government which fall short of quality and they were being closed down. The external review would take care of this problem. He said there was a mismatch between the profile of many of the applicants and the courses they were opting for in Australia. Varghese said Australia has decided to implement visa rules rigorously to ensure that genuine students go there for study. He was answering questions on what Australia was doing to cut down on students going from India for non-specialised courses and end up doing unskilled work.

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