Students booted in Feds’ fraud crackdown
MORE than 3000 international students were booted from Australia and a further 13,000 blocked from entering the country amid a Government crackdown on immigration fraud.
The Home Affairs Department is reviewing on a weekly basis lists of international students to make sure the system is not being rorted by foreigners wanting work rights in Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has singled out temporary visas, including student visas, for new restrictions that would force foreigners out into regional areas and smaller cities, including Adelaide.
Immigration Minister David Coleman said the student visa program must work Australia’s national interest.
“The government will not tolerate fraud and misconduct by those seeking to study in Australia,” he said.
Latest Home Affairs figures show 3182 students who were in Australia at the time had their visa cancelled.
A further 13,398 student visas were cancelled while people were outside of Australia at the time.