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Over a thousand Indian students stripped of their visas in 2019

Thousands of international students had their visas cancelled last year for a number of reasons, including for providing false documents and non-compliance with visa conditions. Students from India accounted for over 1,100 cancellations, behind those from China and South Korea, according to the Department of Home Affairs.

Indian national Lovepreet Singh was stripped of his student visa after he failed to enroll in a registered course of study, six months after arriving in Australia.

While cancelling his visa in May 2019, the Tribunal found that Mr Singh was not a genuine student and that his intention to reside in Australia was not for the purpose of study.

The findings of the Tribunal were later upheld by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, which reiterated that Mr Singh had committed “significant” breaches of his student visa conditions.

The 24-year-old was just one of the 18,000 international students, whose visas were cancelled by the Australian government in the last financial year, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Home Affairs.

The figures further reveal that a total of 1157 Indian students lost their visas, accounting for the third-largest number of cancellations in 2018-2019, followed by students from China (4,686) and South Korea (1,503).

Students commonly breach their work conditions, which is one of the main factors in their visas being cancelled. Indian students often end up working for more than the permissible 20 hours per week limit, often resulting in a breach.

Another common breach that students commit is when they fail to inform the department of their change in circumstances within the stipulated period of 14 days.

However, given the fact that over 100,000 Indian students enrolled in Australian education institutes in 2018-19, 1157 cancellations isn’t an alarming figure. Also, out of these, some could be offshore, or also accounts for those who have voluntarily gotten their visas cancelled.

Of the 17,819 visas that were cancelled, there were 8,913 men and 6,129 women all belonging to the age group of 18-34 years.

Malaysia and Brazil were other countries that accounted for a significant number of cancellations.

So remember – don’t breach the conditions of your visa or it may well be cancelled. If you have had a visa cancelled and you wish to appeal this decision, TranQuill Legal can help. Just contact us and arranged a meeting with our head lawyer and registered migration agent, Professor Owen Harris at a time that is convenient for you.

Source of main article – SBS Punjabi

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