Online student visa: Australia suspends 200 agents

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 20, 2009 03:51 hrs

New Delhi: The Australian Government has suspended close to 200 agents operating in a number of countries from lodging student visa applications because of evidence of fraud or poor approval rates. In order to regain their access to the online system, agents will need to 'show cause' for their behaviour. Also, access arrangements are being revised to ensure that online agents meet high standards of performance.

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This move has been welcomed by the Association of Australian Education Representative in India (AAERI). The AAERI was established by the Australian Education International, the international arm of Australia's education department.

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Gulshan Kumar Pathania, President, AAERI, said, "We have been lobbying with the Australian Government to take action against the fraudulent agents in India, as well as to keep a check on the conduct of onshore agents in Australia and also their sub-agents in India."

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The AAERI has also been holding talks with the Australian Government on the need to strengthen student visa checks to stamp out fraud and ensure students have financial capacity to live and study in Australia.

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