REVEALED: how thousands of Chinese students stay in Australia by marrying the local population in rampant visa rot
- Australia has soft rules about who can sponsor foreign partners
- Migrants who have only recently become permanent residents can sponsor partners
- Last year, around 40,000 partner visas were issued and 79,000 were in line
- The Chinese were the largest group to receive partner visas – a total of 1,624 in 2017-18
Foreign students in Australia marry the locals so that they can stay in the country with partner visas, according to new reports.
Thousands of former foreign students – the majority from China – make use of Australia's soft rules around who can sponsor foreign partners or spouses.
Under current legislation, an 18-year-old unemployed Australian living on benefits can sponsor a partner.
Migrants who have only recently become permanent residents can also sponsor foreign nationals, according to the Australian Population Research Institute study.
Chinese were the largest group of people to get partner visas, with 1,624 current or former students in 2017-18.
About 40,000 partner visas were issued last year, which makes up a quarter of the total migration program
There were 982 Vietnamese, 591 Thai, 526 Indians and 336 people from the UK who received partner visas.
About 40,000 partner visas were issued last year, which makes up a quarter of the country's migration program.
But the number of applications waiting to be approved or rejected was even greater, with 79,000 people in the queue.
& # 39; The scale of these figures can be appreciated by comparing them with the total number of marriages concluded in Australia in 2017, which was 112,000 & # 39 ;, author Dr. Bob Birrell. The Daily Telegraph.
He said that people with temporary visas benefit from mild rules for partner visas.
Dr. Birrell said that foreign students in particular were operating the system because they would normally have trouble getting permanent residence due to stricter visa requirements.
Dr. Bib Birrell said that foreign students in particular were operating the system because they would normally have trouble getting permanent residence due to stricter visa requirements.
Dr. Birrell said that the majority of people who received a visa or were previously in the country with temporary visas.
Australians born in Asia, who have only recently arrived here, are known to go home to choose a partner.
Largest groups receive partner visa (2017-18)
Chinese – 1,624 people
Vietnamese – 982
Thai – 591
Indians – 526
British citizens – 336
& # 39; Because most partners settle in Sydney and Melbourne, they contribute significantly to migration pressure in these two cities, & # 39; he said.
Dr. Birrell said that most candidates do not speak English fluently and do not have the right work skills.
He calls for major changes to prevent people from playing the system, including prohibiting onshore applications from people with temporary visas.
"Such individuals can still be sponsored for a partner visa while the sponsored partner is offshore (but it) would save the taxpayer the millions of dollars currently being spent on handling appeals against judgments from the Interior Ministry, " he said.
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