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 US revokes over 1,000 Chinese students’ visas due to national security concerns

US revokes over 1,000 Chinese students’ visas due to national security concerns

Over the past three months, the US government has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students who it deems to be “high-risk graduate students and research...

 UK announces early opening of new international student immigration route

UK announces early opening of new international student immigration route

The UK government has announced that an immigration route for international students that was planned to open in January 2021 will now open on 5 October 2020. The...

 Canada expands post-graduate work permit eligibility for students impacted by COVID-19

Canada expands post-graduate work permit eligibility for students impacted by COVID-19

Updated 26 August guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) includes three important announcements for international students. Through 30 April 2021, IRCC is now allowing students to...

 Canadian immigration guidance creates uncertainty for incoming students

Canadian immigration guidance creates uncertainty for incoming students

Through its immigration policy and directives throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Canada has distinguished itself as a progressive and welcoming destination for international students. In the early weeks of...

 First approved pilot aims to bring hundreds of Asian students to South Australia

First approved pilot aims to bring hundreds of Asian students to South Australia

About 300 Asian students will return to Australian universities this September as part of a pilot programme intended to be a step towards revitalising the country’s international education...

US eases travel restrictions for European students

The US effectively closed its borders to international travellers in mid-March, but a July announcement from the US State Department eased those restrictions for some visitors from Europe....

ICEF Exchange podcast: Reopening visa services for the ELT sectors in the UK, Ireland and Malta

Our podcast series continues today with a special focus on visas. It is fair to say that visa processing has been one of the biggest issues in student...

US immigration confirms new international students cannot enter the US for “100% online” studies

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began the month of July by announcing new guidance that would have effectively barred international students from entering or remaining in the...

UK continues to reopen visa processing and ease travel restrictions

As of this writing, the UK is at a “Level Three” COVID-19 alert level, meaning that the UK government has deemed the virus to be “in general circulation”...

Australia resumes student visa processing with new measures to strengthen international education sector

The Australian government announced several important developments for student visa processing earlier this week in a bid to “ensure international students are not worse off due to the...

US administration withdraws controversial immigration rule for online studies

Earlier today, the US government rescinded a much-criticised directive regarding international students and online studies. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance, issued 6 July, had stated that,...

US issues “horrifying” rule change that requires foreign students to leave the country if their study programme transitions to online-only

Updated 14 July: The US administration announced during a court hearing today that it would rescind the 6 July guidance described here. Please see our more recent post...

US suspends several work visa programmes, including H-1B

US President Donald Trump has suspended a number of non-immigrant visa programmes until the end of 2020, citing the high unemployment caused by COVID-19 as the basis for...

Ireland: temporary visa measures for language students and a plan for recovery

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has introduced a package of temporary measures to ease visa conditions for international students following language courses in Ireland. In a...

US immigration review raises new concerns for H-1B and OPT programmes

On 22 April 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of most new immigrants to the United States for at least 60 days (the suspension may...