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 Canada removes limit on off-campus work hours for international students

Canada removes limit on off-campus work hours for international students

To address acute labour shortages in Canada’s economy, the Canadian government is temporarily lifting the cap on the number of hours per week international students can work off-campus...

 Continuing visa delays putting Canada’s competitiveness at risk

Continuing visa delays putting Canada’s competitiveness at risk

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processed 360,000 study permit applications between 1 January and 31 July 2022, and projected recently that it would handle another 104,000 applications...

 Australia announces major extension of post-study work rights

Australia announces major extension of post-study work rights

There is big news from Australia this week that could dramatically boost the country’s competitiveness as a study abroad destination. The government has announced that post-study work rights...

 Forecast projects 1.8 million Indian students abroad by 2024

Forecast projects 1.8 million Indian students abroad by 2024

A 2021 analysis from RedSeer Strategy Consultants tracks the rapid growth in Indian outbound through 2019, at which point there were nearly 800,000 students studying abroad. That total...

 Gradual reopening of Chinese border underway

Gradual reopening of Chinese border underway

The Beijing-based student service platform China Admissions is reporting a partial opening of the Chinese border for international students. The news follows a 21 July statement by Chinese...

UK resumes priority visa processing

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has restored its priority processing services for a range of eligible visa classes, including student visas, as of 12 August 2022. The service...

US visa processing delays worsening at midpoint of 2022

A new analysis from the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, shows that wait times for US visa processing have now reached their worst point since the...

Canadian immigration officials report surging demand in 2022

Speaking at The CBIE Pan-Canadian Virtual Symposium, an online event organised last month by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Canadian immigration officials reported that foreign enrolment...

Australian visa data indicates continued recovery through first half of 2022

A just-released report from Australia’s Department of Home Affairs provides some important updates on the country’s student visa programme. Of the roughly 230,000 student visas granted so far...

Spain to ease visa processes for international students and graduates

International students hoping to study pursue a higher education degree at one of Spain’s 76 universities may soon find it easier to do so. The Spanish government is...

Canada: Quebec shuts down immigration pathway for graduates of unsubsidised private colleges

A joint announcement from the Canadian government and Quebec’s provincial government will effectively end post-graduate work opportunities for foreign graduates of some private colleges in the Province of...

Visa processing delays a hurdle for major study abroad destinations this year

There is a growing disconnect between pent-up demand for study abroad and significant visa processing delays in the countries students want to study in. As a result, agents...

New Zealand opens up to international students and updates policies for post-study work rights

New Zealand immigration officials will begin processing student and visitor visas beginning 31 July 2022, which the government says signals “the full resumption of international education.” This is...

Canada: Immigration stream reopens, work permits extended for some students

The Canadian government has announced that it will provide some international students with a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) extension of 18 months, and it is also reopening an...

Updated Saudi scholarship programme will send 70,000 students abroad by 2030  

The Saudi government plans to send 70,000 students to 200 approved foreign institutions by 2030 under an updated approach for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship...