Surge in fake international students at Australian colleges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:38 PM AST


There has been a surge in non-genuine international students falsifying English tests and financial documentation to gain entry into Australian colleges. This has resulted in a threefold increase in cancellations of student visas by the federal government in the last two years. Figures obtained by The Australian show 7,061 student visas were cancelled in the last financial year, with 4,930 cancelled the previous year and 1,978 cancellations in the 2012 financial year. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it had also identified about 1,000 “course hopping” international students, who arrived on streamlined student visas but later transferred to unaccredited colleges.

Source: The Australian