Implementation of the Government Response to the Knight Review of the Student Visa Program

The international education sector is one of Australia’s largest export industries and is important to Australia in supporting bilateral ties with key partner countries, supporting employment in a broad range of occupations throughout the Australian economy, as well as delivering high-value skills to the economy

UK blacklists 2000 Indian banks from student visa process

London, Oct. 25: As of November 24 this year, around 1,940 banks — mostly cooperative ones — have been named as “financial institutions that do not satisfactorily verify financial statements,” according to the UK Border Agency. It means that students who need to show evidence that they have enough funds to support themselves through a course in the UK won’t be able to rely on statements from any of those institutions. The agency, part of Britain’s Home Office, provides a full list of names, ranging from the Ahmedabad Mercantile Co-Op Bank Ltd, to the Bangalore City Co-operative Bank Ltd, to the Pondicherry Coop. Urban Bank

Indians worst hit as Australia axes 15,000 student visas

Sydney: Immigration authorities in Australia have cancelled 15,066 foreign student visas in the last one year, and the worst hit are Indians. Of the total, 3,624 students lost their visas because they flunked in some or all subjects or were no-shows to class, the Herald Sun reported. This was a 37 percent rise in visa cancellation

New English Language Tests for Student Visas

From 5 November 2011, the department will accept English language test results from the following alternative tests to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for Student visa purposes taken in any country:

•Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
•Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
•Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English).