Immigration

UK Home Secretary signals a two-tiered visa system

The British government is considering further restrictions on student visas in line with its often-stated goal to reduce net migration to the UK. In a...

student enrolment in australiaContinued international enrolment growth for Australia through mid-2016

A new report from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBF) provides some interesting insights on international student enrolment in Australia as well as...

brexit-responseBritish educators call for Brexit clarity

The annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference was held in Liverpool last week. It was the first major international education conference in Europe...

Report: British PM orders new visa review

Reports have been swirling in recent weeks of a further immigration crackdown in the UK. Immigration remains a hot political question in British politics. And,...

EU proposes changes to work permit policies

A recent OECD report recommends the European Union reform its legal labour migration policies to make it easier for foreign graduates to obtain work permits....

Canada introduces new visa process for conditional admissions

The Canadian government has quietly introduced an important change to how it processes visas for students entering Canada to pursue conditional admissions or pathway programmes....

US confirms visa policy for conditional admissions

The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued its long-awaited final policy guidance regarding conditional admissions for international...

Canada eases visa requirements for Mexico

In a move that many Canadian ELT (English Language Training) centres will welcome, the Government of Canada announced this week that it will lift visa...

EU vote harmonises and eases visa rules for non-EU students

The European Parliament has adopted new regulations designed to make study and research in the European Union more attractive for those coming from outside the...

Canadian government eases citizenship process for international students

The newly elected government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation to repeal a number of controversial changes to the Canadian Immigration Act....

China opens up work rights for foreign students; Indonesia moves to streamline visa processing

The growing trend to intra-regional mobility is one that we will continue to follow as it bears both on the world’s major established sending markets...

Ireland implements student immigration and quality assurance reforms

Over the course of 2015, the Irish government began to introduce a number of reforms in its student immigration system, with the goal of strengthening...

New Zealand launches pilot for five-year pathway visa

New Zealand has introduced a new pathway visa that will allow international students to study for three consecutive programmes over a five-year period, and all on...

2015 in review: The most-read and must-reads from the year

As we count down the final days of the year, let’s take a moment to look back over 2015 with our third annual review of...

“Lively debate” could see foreign students excluded from net migration targets in the UK

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne sent a strong signal last week that the British government may be moving toward excluding foreign students from official...

Amendments to ESOS Act progressing through Australian parliament

(Editor’s note: Following the original publication of this article, the ESOS amendments passed both houses of the Australian parliament on 1 December and received royal...

Canada launches new immigration certification for international student advisors

We have reported previously on the implications of 2011 amendments to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Simply put, the amendment makes it illegal for...

Canada introduces new travel authorisation requirement

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is moving to implement a new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirement for foreign visitors this year, including international students. Modelled...

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