January 14, 2010

Yes, we will have fewer Indians

The number or Indian students applying to Australia for vocational education and training (VET) and university visas has plummeted - yes, plummeted!

The number of VET visas granted to Indians each month has dropped from the dizzy heights of 4000 a month only last year to a trickle of just 200 to 300 a month now.

During the same period, the number of visas granted for university study in Australia has slumped from 1200 a month to 300 to 400 a month now.

Our fine reputation for training Indian cooks and hairdressers is ruined, ruined, ruined!

A few random dumb-thugs in Melbourne have destroyed the lucrative Victorian, and Australian, market for selling education to Indians.

Except that it's not true.

The cheapy and dodgy VET sector for Indian students grew by 160% between 2006 and 2007, and a further 90% the following year.

That's a lot of Indian students taking advantage of a quick and easy path to Australian residency and a lifetime of taxi driving or standing behind a 7/11 counter.

In August last year, the immigration minister changed the rules for checking applications, plus shifting the permanent residency opportunity back toward students who obtained a university qualification, rather than a VET certificate of some kind.

An analysis of applications at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi found that more than 50% contained at least one fraudulent document.

So, there it is.

Federal government policy, getting to grips with outrageous levels of fraud, and an exploitative VET industry, is the reason we'll be seeing fewer Indian students making Melbourne their home. The supposedly violent and racists streets of Melbourne have nothing to do with it.

Policy, not race, deters Indians

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