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    Changes of Australia¡¯s visa rule outcried by college director
    English.news.cn 2010-11-29 09:54:19
    The latest round of changes to Australia's visa regulations will strike another blow to the nation's international education export sector, the Brisbane-based Director of Kelly Colleges, Natasha Mayrseidl warned Friday.

    This week, Australian Immigration Minister Senator Chris Bowen announced changes to the Migration Regulations Act 1994 which provides for the specification of the types of courses grouped under each sub-class of student visa.

    Under the notice, Higher Education Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas delivered by some providers are being given special consideration to be moved to a more favourable visa subclass.

    As a result, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas registered under the higher education sector framework will be given preferential treatment compared with those registered under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

    Industry members are concerned that the changes clearly favor the business interests of a few large entities and create an inequitable situation for smaller competitors.

    In a statement obtained by Xinhua, Mayrseidl said the recent move would continue to tarnish Australia's reputation as a study destination of choice for international students and serve to hasten the closure of Australian business and exacerbate local job losses.

    Mayrseidl has requested to meet with Senator Bowen urgently to discuss how the latest changes will damage the nation's international education exports.

    Some industry members claimed that the Australian government's previous changes to student visa regulations last year have resulted in a 30 percent decline in international student visa applications to date and have seen the country's third largest export sector begin to move into an alarming freefall.
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