“No More N10m”: Australia Announces New Student Visa Rules, Closes Door Nigerians Exploit for Cheaper Studies

Aug 29, 2023 | Entertainment, News

  • Nigerian students and other international students will have to devise a new way to make their studies cheaper in Australia
  • The one loophole exploited by students to remain in the country through cheaper studies is now closed
  • The government is also set to increase the savings international students need to obtain a student visa

The Australian government has announced plans to close the loophole international students, including Nigerians, use for cheaper studies.

International students, before now, were allowed to undertake additional courses along with their core studies called the “concurrent study” rule.

This was designed to help prepare the students for the job market through short courses.

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However, the Australian government said many students were misusing the rule to ditch their university courses and permanently switch to cheaper courses.

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Education Minister Jason Clare said in a statement said:

“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.”

Reuters reports that there has been a sharp uptake in the use of the concurrent study, with 17,000 concurrent enrolments created in the first half of 2023 versus 10,500 for the same period in 2019 and 2022 combined.

More changes

The Australian minister also revealed that the government is increasing the savings international students need to get a student visa.

From October 1, 2023, international students will need to show evidence of A$24,505 (About N12.10 million) in savings, a 17% increase from about N10 million.

She noted that International education is Australia’s fourth-largest export industry, and maintaining the sector’s integrity was critical for the country’s economy.

Breakdown of amount required to relocate to UK for singles, married

Meanwhile, in another report, Legit.ng disclosed that a Nigerian residing abroad published a comprehensive estimate of how much it may cost to migrate to the United Kingdom.

Although he clarified that it is only an estimate, his study would surely give direction to Nigerians travelling as singles, married couples, and families.

The number of Nigerians leaving for the UK is at an all-time high, mainly via studies.

Source: Legit.ng

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