The Australian government has announced new migration reforms set to take effect on 1 July 2024, closing two visa pathways that allow Visitor Visa and Temporary Graduate Visa holders to apply for Student Visas onshore. This move aims to curb “visa hopping,” where individuals extend their stay in Australia through further study rather than transitioning to permanent residency. The changes are part of a broader strategy to reduce net overseas migration and ensure a more strategic migration system.

However, English Australia has criticized the reforms, arguing that they lack data support and could negatively impact the education sector and Australia’s economy, potentially leading to a recession. They urge the government to reconsider and support the international education industry amid ongoing housing and cost-of-living crises.

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