Canberra to ease student visa rules

Australia’s Abbott government last week moved to loosen visa restrictions to attract international students, prompting calls for increased funding for regulators to ensure there was no return to the ‘visa factory’ that marked the height of the 2008-09 higher education boom, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian.

From next year, tougher restrictions on students from countries with the highest risk of visa fraud will be scrapped, effectively reducing the cash such applicants are required to have in the bank to support themselves during their studies. The government has also fast-tracked a decision to extend streamlined visa processing beyond the university sector to 22 TAFEs and private providers that deliver bachelor degrees and higher qualifications.
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