Almost 18,000 Student Visas Cancelled in 2018-19


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17,819 Student Visas were cancelled in 2018-19.

17,819 overseas students were stripped of their visas in 2018-2019, the most common nationality was Chinese.

  • 4,686 Chinese students lost their visas.
  • 1,503 South Korean students lost their visas.
  • 1,157 Indian students lost their visas.
  • 1,107 Malaysian students lost their visas.
  • 914 Brazilian students lost their visas.

The reasons for these student visa cancellations were most commonly “non-compliance with visa conditions”.

These non-compliance reasons include “students working for more than the permissible 20 hours per week limit“.

Not being a genuine student, and with the intention to reside in Australia not being for the purpose of study, is also a common reason for visa cancellation.

Bogus documents, confirmed as bogus after visa issue, was another common reason for cancellation.


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Failure to inform the department of any change in circumstances within the stipulated period of 14 days, results in some visa cancellations.

Condition 8202 requires the visa holder to adhere to certain course enrolment, attendance and academic progress requirements.

Any non-compliance to these conditions can result in a visa cancellation.

Student Visa Cancellations 2014-2018.

In 2017-18 there were 16,580 Student Visa Cancellations
  • 3,826 China
  • 1,392 South Korea
  • 1,095 India
  • 1,001 Malaysia
  • 665 Brazil
In 2016-17 there were 17,845 Student Visa Cancellations
  • 3,910 China
  • 1,468 India
  • 1,308 South Korea
  • 1,006 Malaysia
  • 407 Brazil
In 2015-16 there were 19,685 Student Visa Cancellations
  • 4,330 China
  • 1,677 South Korea
  • 1,459 India
  • 904 Malaysia
  • 364 Brazil
In 2014-15 there were 10,821 Student Visa Cancellations
  • 1,762 China
  • 1,143 India
  • 1,113 South Korea
  • 521 Malaysia
  • 161 Brazil
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