Over 6500 Indian students in Australia facing deportation for flunking visa tests

Updated: Oct 25, 2011, 13:13 PM IST

Canberra: Around 6536 Indian students in Australia are facing deportation for flunking subjects or missing classes at a vocational training level, leading to cancellation of their visas in that country.

The crackdown has targeted lax students who had won visas to study at a vocational training level like cooking or hairdressing, but failed to get enough marks to maintain their degree, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The Immigration Department has already cancelled 15,066 foreign student visas last year, a 37 percent rise from 2009.

Of these, 6536 were Indians, 1624 Chinese, 924 South Korean, 527 Nepali, and 293 Pakistani students.

Of the 15,066 cancellations by DIMIA in the past year, 3624 students lost their visas because they flunked some or all subjects or were no-shows at class. A further 2235 visas were cancelled for students who quit their courses and were either working illegally, with some found even in brothels. Besides, 212 were of students who had finished their courses early.

Of the 332,709 international students in Australia in June, over half were studying at university, while a third were on vocational training visas studying diploma courses.

One in every five international students is Chinese, while one in every six is Indian. Courses are also popular with South Korean, Brazilian and Malaysian students. The majority of international students study in New South Wales and Victoria.

ANI