恐慌的逼近和逼近的恐慌(一) 英文原文
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今天上午出版的悉尼中文报纸几乎无一例外地报道了Sydney Morning Herald(《悉尼先锋报》)十二月十二日登载的文章。《澳洲新报》头版头条的标题是《联邦考虑修订移民签证政策 – 13.7万

生毕业恐难获永居》。《星岛日报》的头版头条的标题则更加直截了当:《十多万申请永居留学生可受影响 – 政府检讨技术移民签证惹恐慌》。《新快报》则在第二版头条用了这样的标题,《联邦政府考虑修改移民政策 – 留学生申请永居或更难》。

移民作为澳大利亚留学生最大的政治关注点和头等的人生大事,这样的文章不能不在中国留学生引起最广泛的关注。为了便于广大留学生及时知晓第一手的信息,唐林律师行特别将这篇题为”Visa Review May ‘Spark Panic’”的文章完完整整地抄录如下。

TENS of thousands of overseas students studying expensive courses in Australia in the hope of securing permanent residency could be sent home empty-handed under changes being considered by the Federal Government.

The Herald has obtained a document prepared by the Immigration Department recommending changes ''in the relationship between the lodgement of an application and the legal obligation to grant a visa''.

This means immigrants who have met the demands of the current system and would be automatically accepted could be arbitrarily refused.

''This is going to spark mass panic,'' Karl Konrad, a migration agent who has seen the document, said.

Such changes could affect anyone seeking to gain permanent residency through the skilled migration program, but would have the gravest effect on students who have spent thousands of dollars and years of their lives on courses here on the presumption they would secure residency.

There are 137,000 such students here waiting on approval who could have the rug pulled from under them if the changes are made retrospective.

''The Australian Government has grown fat off these students with the lure that they can get permanent residency,'' Mr Konrad said.

It is understood the Migration Institute of Australia was to have been briefed by the Government but that the meeting had been delayed until next week.

The chief executive of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Andrew Smith, said such a change would immediately cut the number of students coming into Australia.

''[Schools] have taken deposits, hired teachers, set up classes … there would be a considerable commercial impact,'' he said.

Mr Smith said the Government had created the expectation among foreign students that they could achieve permanent residency through study and had a responsibility to them as a result.

A spokesman for the department said the document was part of a consultation process and no decision would be made on the changes until next year.

The document also outlines recommendations to reduce the number of unsponsored skilled migrants accepted, but making it easier for 457 business visa holders to become permanent residents.

It notes ''perverse outcomes'' in the system that make it easier for a hairdresser to achieve permanency than a scientist. It noted that ''integrity measures'' in the skilled migration program needed review.

Australia's $16 billion overseas student industry has been plagued with controversy over the past 12 months, with students demanding action from police over allegedly racially motivated attacks and appealing to the Government to better regulate the private colleges.

This year more than a dozen schools have collapsed, leaving students out of pocket and uncertain over their immigration status.

与此同时,唐林律师行已通过相关途径,及时获得了《悉尼先锋报》用来写上述文章的由移民部发布的征求意见稿纲要。唐林律师行将在近日针对这篇征求意见稿纲要做一介绍和分析。唐林律师行认为,把英文稿件及时公布能避免因翻译而可能造成的含糊不清。

【专题阅读】

2010澳洲移民新政策意向解读 恐慌正在逼近?

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