International Student Arrivals Rise on Easy Work Rights

Home Office data released last month revealed that a record 42,700 overseas international students applied for visas to study in Australia in June, and many more in July:

“This is the highest number of offshore applications received in a single month in the past 10 years,” the department told education providers…

The department said the high numbers seen in June are continuing, with an average of 10,000 student visa applications per week received in July from overseas applicants. In comparison, only 34,015 student visa applications were received in June 2019, before the pandemic…

The surge in applications is starting to translate into actual arrivals, with 62,400 international students arriving in Australia in July, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – the highest month since the start of the pandemic:

The surge in international student arrivals pushed up the net number of permanent and long-term arrivals – a leading indicator of net migration abroad – which rebounded to 96,000 in the year to July :

Net immigration

International student arrivals have been accelerated by the former Morrison government’s decision last year to uncap the number of hours international students can work while studying. This decision has led to an explosion of visa applications from inauthentic students from India and Nepal seeking backdoor work visas (with the hope of moving on to permanent residency).

As part of the Jobs and Skills Summit, the Albanian government has further expanded the working rights of international students, knowing full well that this will lead to an avalanche of inauthentic visa applications from poorer countries:

The government will:

  • Increase the duration of post-graduate work rights by allowing an additional two years of stay for recent graduates with selected degrees in verified skills shortage areas to bolster the pool of skilled labor in Australia, informed by advice from a working group
  • Extend the easing of work restrictions for students and training visa holders until June 30, 2023 to help alleviate skills and labor shortages

Therefore, expect to see the number of international “students” explode over the next year, helping to drive net outward migration to record highs.

“International education” has always been a people-importing immigration industry rather than a true education export industry. It is a key element of the ‘Greater Australia’ mass immigration policy.

Unconventional economist
Latest articles from Unconventional Economist (see everything)

Maria D. Ervin