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Australia crackdown on foreign students, hikes visa fee, bans extended permit

Australia, in a major overhaul of the visa system, has doubled the visa fee for international students. The latest changes have already come into force from July 1. The Australian government said the changes were made to rein in record migration that has intensified pressure on an already tight housing market. According to the new visa norms, the international student visa fee is A$1,600 ($1,068)– from A$710.

Besides, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese-led government has also banned visitor visa holders and students with temporary graduate visas from applying onshore for a student visa. It means those who have completed their studies cannot apply for an extended student visa. The change is expected to impact Indian students significantly, as they represent the second-largest group of international students in Australia.

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