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Canada expands biometric requirements for study permits

Canada is expanding its use of biometrics for applicants for visitor visas, work permits, study permits, or permanent residence. Effective 31 July 2018, all applicants from...

US F-1 visas down nearly 17% in 2017

New data from the US State Department points to a marked decrease in the number of F-1 visas issued to international students in 2017. The...

New Zealand: Updated visa rejection rates will influence English requirements for 2018

New visa acceptance data from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will help inform the English proficiency requirements for student visa applicants in 2018. Under rules established...

US suspends visa processing in Turkey

Update for 7 November 2017: The US Department of State announced this week that US embassies and consulates in Turkey have resumed processing of non-immigrant visas “on a...

Australia off to a fast start in 2017

The number of student visas granted for study in Australia increased sharply in the first three months of 2017, rising nearly 22%...

US administration orders H-1B visa reforms

Following months of speculation around the future of the United States’ H-1B visa programme, the US administration formally announced plans yesterday to reform this key...

South African court case settled: English students now eligible for study visas

The South African government will now issue study visas of up to 18 months for English as a Foreign Language students enrolled with recognised English...

SEVP releases final guidance for ESL pathways in the US

On 28 October, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released its long-awaited policy guidance for pathway programmes in the US. The announcement put an...

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...

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