Australia’s Bold Move: Complete visa ban for Zimbabwe and 4 other nations on the cards


The Australian government has put forward controversial legislation that may result in a complete visa ban for several countries, including Zimbabwe. The Herald Sun reports that Iraq, Iran, South Sudan, and Russia are also being considered for the visa ban. In addition, the proposed laws could lead to a five-year jail sentence for asylum seekers who resist deportation after exhausting all legal avenues.

The introduction of this bill coincides with a case in the High Court involving an Iranian man, known as ASF17, who is refusing to return to his home country due to concerns about persecution based on his ƨǝxuɑlity.

The legislation primarily targets nations that are uncooperative in accepting the return of their citizens who have been denied asylum in Australia. Under the proposed laws, the Home Affairs Minister, Clare O’Neil, would be granted the power to block visa applications from these countries.

Furthermore, Australia is taking steps to tighten regulations on student visas in order to manage the influx of immigrants. The aim is to ensure that students come to Australia for legitimate educational purposes and to alleviate pressure on housing.

The changes include stricter English language requirements for student visas. Additionally, the government will be authorized to suspend educational institutions that repeatedly violate visa regulations when enrolling international students.

In a statement, the Home Affairs Minister expressed that these measures will contribute to reducing migration levels while fulfilling their commitments to address issues in the immigration system.

To further deter international students who primarily seek work opportunities, a new “genuine student test” will be introduced. Moreover, “no further stay” conditions will be imposed on a larger number of visitor visas.

Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals a 60% increase in net immigration, reaching a record high of 548,800 in the year ending September 30, 2023. This figure exceeds the 518,000 recorded for the year ending June 2023.

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