The Australian government cancelled nearly 10,000 student visas last year, nearly 4,700 of them Chinese, according to the Australian People's Daily. It was the most for Chinese students to be cancelled in five years.
South korean students were the second-highest number of visa cancellations, with more than 1500, the report said. In addition, the number of visa cancellations for students in India, Malaysia and Brazil is about 1,000. China has the largest number of student visa cancellations and the largest number of foreign students in Australia. At present, the total number of Chinese students in Australia exceeds 200,000. In the last financial year, Australia issued nearly 10,000 visas to Chinese students.
It is reported that the reasons for the cancellation of the visa mainly include the failure to participate in the appropriate courses, the provision of false information or forged documents, the discovery of students who are not true, and other reasons for significant changes in the situation, as well as the voluntary application for cancellation of students returning home, etc. The number of student visas cancelled in Australia has been relatively stable for the past three years, and the number of visas issued has been increasing. Only in the 2015-16 financial year, Australia saw a surge in the number of student visas cancelled, from less than 10,000 to nearly 20,000.
Aussie International chief executive Phil Haniwood explained that at the time some students were constantly changing classes to extend their visas. Later, the government began to systematically combat such bad behaviour and bad education intermediaries, resulting in a surge in visa cancellations. In an interview with local media, Australia's acting minister, Alan Tache, said international students must meet visa conditions, a common requirement for all visa holders, and has nothing to do with which country the students come from. Tache said the student visa program is crucial to Australia's economy, with international students bringing in $37.6 billion (about $5 in 1) in income and creating 250,000 jobs for Australia last year. The Australian government is therefore committed to maintaining its appeal to overseas students.
Although authorities deny that visa cancellations are related to nationality, Australia does have a claim that universities are too dependent on Chinese students. Some worry that, once Chinese students suddenly drop, Australia's universities could be in a financial crisis. To increase the diversity of student sources, some Australian universities are trying to open up the student market in India. But for now, there is still a big gap between the number of students in Australia and India and the number of students in China.