Note: The material for this article is provided by the Chinese student community and is exclusively authorized. Editor: Zoey Meng For reprinting, please contact the back office. "In 2016, there was a case where the 574 student visa of Chinese doctoral students studying in Australia was delayed; in 2018, the media disclosed that Hundreds of Ph.D. students and visiting scholars who have received national public or full scholarships, and their student visas to study in Australia were deliberately delayed by the Australian government; in 2020, hundreds of Chinese students who went to Australia to study for Ph.D. have encountered the same thing again! The difference is that more than half of the students affected this time are non-public students. After so many years of hard work and hard work, I finally got an admission letter. I finally passed the language test and I am ready. I handed in the visa materials, thinking that I could go to Australia to pursue my academic dreams. What is inexplicable is that the Australian government has been delaying in issuing visas. The long wait has seriously affected the future of many people... The students have recently signed a joint signature. Request the relevant departments to come forward to solve the problem. The students spontaneously organized the QQ group and WeChat group to defend their rights. In the WeChat group, there were 159 students whose visas were delayed, and this number is still expanding... Screenshot 2020-01 -09 pm 2.19.49.png (The picture is from the submitting student) After waiting for more than a year, the visa has not come. Generally speaking, Chinese students who go to Australia to study for Ph.D. can apply for 500 student visas, and visiting scholars apply for 408 students. Short-term visa for academic research. According to the official website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs, most applicants can get a 51 visa within 4 days to 500 months, and the waiting time for a 408 visa is even shorter, only 14 days to 26 days. ( The picture is from the contributing students) But according to current data, among the 159 Chinese students, 109 have applied for 500 student visas, of which 74 have been waiting for visas for more than 5 months, and 94 have been waiting for visas for more than 4 months. 26 months; of the 408 visiting scholars who applied for the 10 visa, 5 have waited for more than 18 months and 4 have waited for more than 17 months. There are even students who have waited for 1 months, and a few have waited for more than 2020 year PhD students and visiting scholars. (Pictures are provided by submitting students) This is clearly beyond the time limit officially promised by Australia! Compared with the number of undergraduate students who are easier to get visas, the proportion of PhD students is less , Visa problems are always present. (The picture is from the contributing students) The students who plan to study for Ph.D. have already received the admission letter and full scholarship from well-known universities in Australia. They are mainly from the University of New South Wales, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, four schools. (The picture is from the submitted students) In these long days, the visa has not been waited, the processing time has been severely delayed, scholarships, offers, and language scores have expired one after another... No visa refusal, no pass, and no reasonable explanation for delayed visa In this way, the spirit of torturing Chinese students has caused many people to still be unable to find jobs, and their life plans have also been greatly affected. The main affected are PhD students in science and engineering. The visa materials need to go through the national security check. The affected students said that when they sent an email to the Australian government to inquire about the visa progress, the response they got was either the same template official response, or There is no more text. Screen shot of 01-09-5.14.36 2020.png in the afternoon Screen shot of 01-09-2.19.38 2018.png in the afternoon (copy and paste template response) A student inquired in 12 after submitting the materials in December 2019 After two visa progresses, the official reply received in September suggested that he wait until July 9. Among these affected students, most of them majored in science and engineering, including electronic engineering, materials, machinery, robotics, microbes, biochemistry, optics, lasers, physics, artificial intelligence, chemical engineering, thermoelectric refrigeration, metallurgy, and immunity And other majors. (The picture is from the student who contributed the article.) According to an interview with the Global Times, some students said that there had been Australian Chinese tutors who said that with the tension between China and Australia, Australia’s trust in Chinese people has declined, leading to the The time for issuing the visa is extended, and the PhD visa will be sent to the Australian Security Intelligence Department for external review. This view was confirmed from the emails sent by the Australian government to Chinese students. The content shows that visa applicants need to go through a series of comprehensive review procedures, including not only the health and personality checks of the students, but also relevant agencies to conduct national security checks. (The picture is from the students who contributed the article.) Multiple emails confirmed that the "national security inspection" mentioned was handled by the Australian security and intelligence organization ASIO. (Pictures are provided by contributing students) ASIO has spread conspiracy theories about Chinese students infiltrating Australian universities in major Australian media in recent years, and even warned Australian schools to be aware of the possibility of spies among students. Duncan Lewis, former director of ASIO, warned that the Australian government should be careful about foreign interference in Australian universities. Source: SBS Mandarin. In addition, Peter Dutton, the Minister of the Interior of Australia, who is responsible for handling student visas, is a recognized anti-immigration activist in Australian media. Dutton has also repeatedly hyped anti-Chinese remarks, saying that China is infiltrating Australian universities and interfering in Australia. internal affairs. Source: ABC News Source: The Guardian The procrastination of government agencies has obliterated the patience of Chinese top students in waiting for the visa. In exchange, the result was either that they could not wait, or the students had to withdraw their visas. Students suspect that deliberate delays can force Chinese students to withdraw their visas, and this will not affect the good-looking numbers of Australian government agencies' visa pass rates. And the behavior of student quality control is "political interference in academics." Others expressed that the visa approval process lacked transparency and did not provide a reasonable explanation for the processing cycle. In addition to the unreasonable delays in the visas of Chinese international students, there are also PhD students from India who expressed their distress online, not understanding why international students have to undergo the same security review as asylum seekers. In addition, PhD applicants from Malaysia, Iran, and Vietnam said they also encountered visa delays. 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