Feds rate international student Visa risk

The Department of Home Affairs has an international student visa risk framework which rates the home country of visa applicants and the Australian institutions where they seek to study

The feds do not release a complete data set but expert analysis indicates how public universities fare.

Overall, CMM understands eighteen universities receive a top-level One rating. They include all Group of Eight institutions and the technology-focused universities. A further sixteen, including members of the other lobbies and independents, are rated Level Two.

Yesterday universities were responding to the new ratings. A spokesperson for Southern Cross University told CMM, “SCU has adjusted its international recruitment processes during 2019 in response to an increased risk profile in South Asia, identified late last year. This is consistent with the changing source country status for students from India, Pakistan and Nepal applying for study in Australia. The more stringent approach is focused on the offshore recruitment process”

And a Murdoch U spokesperson said, “Murdoch University is aware of the recent changes to the documentation requirements for some students intending to study here. These changes to country and university ratings occur twice a year.”

In Features this morning, a learned reader explains how the rating works and why it matters for universities.


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