Australian universities ban for indian students due to visa fraud concerns

Due to an increase in fraudulent visa applications, two more Australian universities, Western Sydney University in New South Wales and Federation University in Victoria, have chosen to restrict the recruiting of students from certain Indian states.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that universities have warned education agents not to recruit students from the region of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, or Uttar Pradesh. 

The university has noticed a significant rise in the proportion of visa applications from particular Indian districts being denied by the Department of Home Affairs.

Last month, many Australian colleges apparently took action in response to an apparent increase in fraudulent applications from particular Indian states. These universities reportedly include Victoria University, Edith Cowan University, Torrens University, and Southern Cross University. 

"A large number of Indian students who started classes in 2022 intakes have dropped out, leading to a very high attrition rate," Western Sydney University told agents in a May 8 message.

The university designated Punjab, Gujarat, and Haryana as the locations with the highest risk of attrition.

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