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 UK removes visitor visa requirement for Colombian travellers

UK removes visitor visa requirement for Colombian travellers

Colombians have long been able to travel to the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area without a visa. But the same has not been true of the...

 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...

 Canada moving to boost pathways to permanent residency for international students  

Canada moving to boost pathways to permanent residency for international students  

The Canadian government is working on a strategy to increase opportunities for temporary residents – including international students – to transition to permanent residence. Earlier this year, Randeep Sarai,...

 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...

 India and Nigeria driving surge in UK visa grants this year

India and Nigeria driving surge in UK visa grants this year

The UK’s Home Office is reporting a record number of study visas granted for the fiscal year ending June 2022. The UK granted nearly 487,000 sponsored student visas...

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

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...

New Zealand expands working holiday programme for 2022/23

New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced a major expansion of the country’s working holiday visa programme for this year. In a 21 August 2022 statement, the...

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...

New Zealand moves to active footing for student recruitment with new national strategy

Following a limited opening of its border this quarter, New Zealand will resume processing for student and visitor visas as of 31 July 2022. This, the government has...