The temporary visa statistics released by the Department of Home Affairs for the 1st quarter of 2019 shows that the total number of student visas issued which are still valid has hit a record-breaking figure of 613,000, a sharp spike from 77,000 in the past year and has 280,000 in the statistics for March 2013. Australia Experiences a High Influx of Foreign Students The figures matched the statistics presented by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which showed that there were 610,000 short-term student arrivals as at March 2019, an increase from 367,000 from the March of 2014. The Australian, earlier this month reported that the lucrative opportunity that comes from the high number of students from China is over. This statement was based on a statement made by a senior officer at the Department of Home Affairs who informed universities in Australia that Chinese student visa applications were flat. This makes the March statistics more interesting as Australian Universities seem to have caught the attention of students of other nationalities. Data from the ABS confirms that there has been low traffic of students from China coming to study in the country. The traffic has been low consecutively for nine months, and at the moment, it is at the same levels as it was in mid-2017. Dr. Bob Birell conducted research which revealed that students from China have a high tendency to pay high school fees and get admitted at Group of Eight (GoE) Universities which have higher quality. Indian students have more likelihood to study at cheaper universities. They usually have goals to gain employment in the country and a permanent residency permit in the country. The high traffic is a threat to the country's educational standard The influx of students into Australia had already caused the educational standards in the country to drop as reported by Four Corners this month. As the attention of universities has shifted to India and Nepal — where students are notorious for academic misconduct and plagiarism, to source for students, the standard will drop even lower in a bid by universities to maintain the income levels. Stay connected to to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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