Kopar Khairane
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Indian applicants from certain states are barred as Australian universities crack down on visa fraud

In order to tackle concerns about visa fraud, Federation University and Western Sydney University have ordered education agencies to cease recruiting students from certain Indian states. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Jammu & Kashmir are all subject to the restriction.
The Week adds that the decision was made as Indian candidates to Australian institutions experience 10-year high rejection rates, with around 25% of applications being deemed fake or untrue. Federation University has written to agents detailing the prohibition after seeing a large rise in visa applications that were denied. Similar to Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat, Western Sydney University has limited hiring owing to high attrition rates.
The restriction will go into force right away for a minimum of two months, and harsher admissions requirements and adjustments to applicant screening will also be made.
Given that other colleges have already stopped accepting applications from certain Indian states, this move underscores concerns within the Australian education system. The federal Department of Education has acknowledged misbehavior in the field of overseas education in response to the rise in applications and worries about visa fraud.
The Department is especially concerned about incentives given to students to transfer from colleges to less expensive vocational education providers. There have been demands for tighter regulation of education agencies due to the rejection rate for applications from India, which is now 24.3%. The immigration system is being improved, and abuse is being prevented.

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