Student Visa Applications for Australia Increase by Almost 22%

For the first 3 months of 2017, the number of visa applications rose by 18.5% in comparison with the same period in 2016 and visas granted from Jan-Mar 2017 increased by nearly 22% compared to 2016.

This percentage increase equates to just under 18,000 more student visas compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The growth comes from Australia’s top 20 sending markets, with China and India driving much of it. Just under 4,000 more student visas were granted to Chinese students and over 2,500 to Indian students between Jan and March 2017.

The market is concentrated in higher education, ELICOS, VET and other non-award studies.

By level of study, visa grants for higher education students represented about half of the increase for 2017, with the balance roughly equally distributed across the ELICOS, vocational education and training, and non-award sectors.

The volume of student visas granted over the past 3 years reflects the dramatic recovery in international enrolment that Australia began to record in 2013.

Finally, the following table provides a snapshot of Australia’s fastest-growing source markets for the first quarter of 2017.

 Sending Market Growth from 2016  Extra visas granted  Major study categories
      China                22%                  3973 Higher Education
      India                25%                  2239 Higher Education
      Nepal                112%                  3565 Higher Education
      Brazil                56%                  2018 ELICOS/VET
     Colombia                53%                  1131 ELICOS/VET
     United States                51%                  969 Non-award
     Sri Lanka                57%                  701 Higher Education


The markets represented in the table above accounted for 81% of the total growth in visa grants for the quarter.