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November 1, 2023
November 1, 2023

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Congratulations 𝐌𝐫. 𝐁. 𝐍. for the approval of a 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝟓𝟎𝟎 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭!

  • Lodgement Date: 23 August 2023
  • Grant Date: 01 November 2023
  • Course:
    – 30 weeks of General English
    – Diploma of Leadership and Management at Australian Ideal College
    – Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management at Australian Ideal College
    With only a high school diploma, Mr. N had a stable job as a driver at a company in Vietnam. Yet, he always wanted to advance further in his career to have a better life. For that reason, when he had an opportunity to visit his brother studying in Adelaide on a tourist visa in Australia, Mr. N was determined to seek the help of EMK to convert his visa to a student visa.

After active discussions and dedicated consulting sessions due to his previous tourist visa refusal, EMK has successfully supported Mr. N in converting his visa to a student visa, along with registering for the 30-week of General English, as well as the Diploma of Leadership and Management & Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management at Australian Ideal College.

EMK has high hopes that this will be a significant boost for him to pursue his educational path and step further in his career!

August 28, 2023

Joint media release with the Hon Jason Clare MP and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP

The Albanese Government is today announcing a package of measures to support integrity in the international education system and to support genuine international students.

International education is our fourth largest export industry and maintaining the quality and integrity of this sector is critical for the Australian economy and our relationships in our region.

The Government has closed a loophole which allows education providers to shift international students who have been in Australia for less than six months from genuine study to an arrangement designed to facilitate access to work in Australia.

There has been a sharp uptake in the use of the concurrent function in 2023 – in the first half of 2023, 17,000 concurrent enrolments were created, compared to approximately 10,500 for the same period in 2019 and 2022 combined.

Recent investigations have identified this misuse of ‘concurrent enrolment’ as an integrity issue for the international sector.

This change takes effect immediately.

The Government will also increase the amount of savings international students will need in order to get a student visa. This requirement has not been indexed since 2019 and needs to increase to reflect higher living expenses. From October 1 2023, international students will need to show evidence of $24,505 in savings, which is a 17% increase on current levels. This increase accounts for indexation since 2019.

This change will ensure students coming to Australia to study can afford to support themselves and will not face increased risk of exploitation due to an urgent need for employment.

The Government will apply additional scrutiny to high-risk cohorts and ask for additional documents to prevent fraud in applications.

The Government will also consider using its powers under Section 97 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act) to issue suspension certificates to high-risk education providers. A suspension certificate means providers would not be able to recruit international students.

This would be the first time an Australian Government has used this power and reflects how seriously the Albanese Government takes the issue of dodgy providers. The Government will immediately begin consulting on possible regulations to set clear grounds for the use of suspension certificates, such as application rates with fraudulent documents and provider refusal rates. The Government is particularly concerned about more than 200 providers that currently have visa refusal rates higher than 50%.

The Government is considering further measures to strengthen integrity in the international education system as part of the Migration Strategy, which is due to be released later this year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“International student numbers are almost back to where they were before the pandemic. That’s a good thing. International education is an extraordinarily valuable national asset.

“But there are also challenges in international education.  As students have come back, so have some dodgy and unscrupulous players who are trying to take advantage of them.  

“This change will work to stop predatory ‘second’ providers from enrolling students before they have studied for the required six months at their first provider.

“This will help ensure the integrity of one of our biggest exports while cracking down on dodgy operators.” 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor:

“These changes reflect our determination to strengthen the integrity of the VET sector.

“Nine out of 10 future jobs will require a post-secondary qualification and VET is a vital pathway to secure jobs. We are committed to lifting perceptions of VET and this is an important step to do that.

“Ensuring we have a fit for purpose VET sector is critical in responding to skills shortages, and teaching and training our existing and future workforce.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil

“International education is our fourth largest export – it’s essential that we maintain our global reputation for quality education. Our government has no tolerance for people who exploit students.”

“Our message is clear – the party is over, the rorts and loopholes that have plagued this system will be shut down.”

Source: Minister of Home Affairs, Saturday 26 August 2023
See more: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/ClareONeil/Pages/action-end-rorts-international-education.aspx

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August 24, 2023

On 9 May 2023, the Australian Government announced that the planning level for the 2023-24 permanent Migration Program will be set at 190,000 places.

The 2023-24 Migration Program has been designed to address persistent and emerging skills shortages and support the transition to a net-zero emissions economy by attracting specialist skillsets that are difficult to find or develop in Australia. The Program has the following composition:

  • Skill stream (137,100 places) – this stream is designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia.
  • Family stream (52,500 places) – this stream is predominantly made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas and provide them with pathways to citizenship. Of this stream:
    • 40,500 Partner visas are estimated for 2023-24 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
    • 3,000 Child visas are estimated for 2023-24 for planning purposes, noting this category is demand driven and not subject to a ceiling.
  • Special Eligibility stream (400 places) – this stream covers visas for those in special circumstances, including permanent residents returning to Australia after a period overseas.

Migration Program planning levels as announced as part of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 Federal Budgets

Skill Employer Sponsored 35,000 36,825
  Skilled Independent 32,100 30,375
  Regional 34,000 32,300
  State/Territory Nominated 31,000 30,400
  Business Innovation & Investment 5,000 1,900
  Global Talent (Independent) 5,000 5,000
  Distinguished Talent 300 300
  Skill Total 142,400 137,100
Family Partner1 40,500 40,500
  Parent 8,500 8,500
  Child1 3,000 3,000
  Other Family 500 500
  Family Total 52,500 52,500
  Special Eligibility 100 400
  Total Migration Program 195,000 190,000

1 For 2023-24, delivery of the Partner and Child visa categories are demand driven, with indicative planning levels only.

Program size and composition

The size and composition of the Migration Program is set each year alongside the Australian Government’s Budget process.

To inform the planning levels and policy settings of the 2023-24 Migration Program, consultation occurred widely with state and territory governments, representatives of academia, industry, unions and community organisations.

When planning the Migration Program, the Australian Government considers​ the following:

  • Public submissions
  • Economic and labour force forecasts
  • International research
  • Net overseas migration, and
  • Economic and fiscal modelling.

202​3–​24 state and territory nomination allocations

Nomination allocations are the number of new primary applicants each state or territory can nominate in a program year. New applications are added to the existing on-hand caseload in these visa categories.

Nomination allocations do not reflect the total number of visa applicants in these categories and do not limit the number of visas able to be granted in these visa categories.

The Department processes existing on-hand applications and new applications nominated by a state or territory in line with the permanent Migration Program planning levels and skilled visa processing priorities.

State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)*
ACT 600 600 0
NSW 2,650 1,500 0
NT 250 400 0
QLD 900 650 0
SA 1,100 1,200 0
TAS 600 600 0
VIC 2,700 600 0
WA 1,500 850 0
Total 10,300 6,400 0
2023–24 state and territory nomination allocations

Below is a comparison of the 2023–24 state and territory nomination allocations against the 2022–23 state and territory nomination allocations. In summary, there has been a drastic decline of more than 70% in this financial year’s allocation number as compared to the previous year.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

See more: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels

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