Stu­dents booted in Feds’ fraud crack­down

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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.

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