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post-grad-work-rights-in-scotlandScotland continues to press for post-study work rights

The UK government has rejected a call for expanded post-study work rights for international students in Scotland, but the Scottish government is continuing to bring...

agent-barometer-20162016 Agent Barometer survey reveals important shifts in destination appeal and student perceptions

Key findings from the 2016 ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer were released yesterday at the ICEF Berlin Workshop. Now in its tenth year, the Agent Barometer...

backpacker-tax-in-AustraliaAustralia reduces planned tax increase for working holiday makers

The Australian government has walked back from planned tax increases for working holiday makers. Australia’s 2015/16 budget introduced new tax provisions for working holiday travellers...

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....

Australia postpones new “backpacker tax” for working holiday makers

The Australian government has delayed implementation of a controversial tax for working holiday makers that was due to come into effect on 1 July. First...

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...

Survey says employment prospects the key for postgraduate applicants

A 2015 survey of postgraduate applicants around the world finds that prospective master’s or PhD students are giving greater weight to future career prospects when...

US OPT rules confirmed: Foreign STEM grads can now stay and work for up to three years

Following months of legal wrangling and uncertainty over the key Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme for foreign STEM graduates in the US, new rules were...

US court extends deadline for new post-study STEM work rules

International students in the US hoping to gain practical experience in their chosen fields of study are getting an extra and unwanted learning experience about...

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...

Is employability data an untapped resource for student recruiters?

In many of the world’s key sending markets for international students, employability is both a major concern and a key motivator for study abroad. The...

2015 Agent Barometer survey yields new insights on student concerns and growing impact of online

Results from the 2015 installment of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer are now in, and this year education agents’ responses are significantly different in some...

Court ruling places US post-study STEM work rights at risk

A US federal court has set aside key post-study work provisions for foreign students in the US. In a 12 August 2015 ruling, Judge Ellen...

Survey says post-study work options a major factor in choice of destination

The recommendations attached to the latest survey from Hobsons conclude with a stark warning for UK policymakers: “Failure by government to improve the current status...

Scottish educators aiming for expanded post-graduation work rights

We all now know that the September 2014 Scottish referendum ended with a majority vote (55.3%) against the proposition that Scotland establish itself as an...

Indian engineering graduates held back by limited English

A new study finds that poor English-speaking skills are limiting the employment and earning prospects of India’s engineering graduates. India produces roughly 600,000 engineers each...

UK confirms elimination of work rights for non-EU students in further education

This post was originally published on 13 July 2015, at a point when the government’s new policy was not yet confirmed. It was updated on...

Retention, recruitment, and the importance of supporting students’ transition to work

International students are in many ways “model immigrants” for their host countries. They are young and educated; they speak the language and have had an...

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