Christopher Pyne eyes jobs for overseas graduates

EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has promised to open the jobs market to more overseas students who have graduated from Australian universities, as a means of rehabilitating the stagnant $14 billion international education industry.

In his first speech on the industry since he was sworn in as minister, Mr Pyne said yesterday the Abbott government would move quickly to extend the streamlined visa process beyond universities to training colleges, and maximise career opportunities in Australia for the best foreign graduates of our universities.

Monash University researcher Bob Birrell said he was troubled by any policy changes that used migration or easier labour market access as a lure to sell education, especially if it encouraged a repeat of last decade’s boom in low-quality diplomas pitched at foreign students seeking permanent residency.

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Post-Study Work Arrangements

New post-study work visa arrangements are proposed for introduction in early 2013. Under Australia’s legislative system, regulations must be approved by the Governor-General. The information provided below explains how the Department of Immigration and Citizenship intends the post-study work arrangements to operate. This should be read as a proposed set of arrangements for the Governor-General’s consideration in due course.
More detailed advice about eligibility requirements will be made available as legislation to support the visa is put in place.

40 hours per fornight for student work entitlements

From 26 March 2012, the Migration Regulations 1994 (‘the Regulations’) are amended to:
•provide that student work entitlements are measured as 40 hours a fortnight instead of 20 hours a week
•provide unlimited work rights for Subclass 574 (Postgraduate Research Sector) visa holders if they have commenced their masters degree by research or doctoral degree.

University’s educational business partners who are participating in the SVP

“From 24 March 2012, in recognition of the universities’ good track record, student visa applicants enrolled in Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degrees at participating universities, regardless of their country of origin, will be treated as though they are lower risk, similar to the current Assessment Level 1

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

The majority of the stage two Knight Review changes are proposed to be implemented on 24 and 26 March 2012 with some other changes proposed to commence later in 2012 and in early 2013.

One of the recommendations agreed to by government is the introduction of new post-study work arrangements, which are planned to come into effect in 2013

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).