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 US ends suspension of working visa programmes amid calls for restoration of visa processing services

US ends suspension of working visa programmes amid calls for restoration of visa processing services

In June 2020, former US President Trump issued a directive entitled the Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the...

 EU fast tracks Digital Green Certificate to promote safe travel this summer

EU fast tracks Digital Green Certificate to promote safe travel this summer

The European Commission (EC) is fast-tracking the approval process for its proposed Digital Green Certificate so that it can be available in June 2021 – in time to...

 EC closing locations in four countries, including all centres in Australia and New Zealand

EC closing locations in four countries, including all centres in Australia and New Zealand

Leading ELT chain EC English Language Centres announced today that it will close its schools in New Zealand and Australia along with selected centres in the UK and...

 International students can apply for UK Graduate Route beginning 1 July 2021

International students can apply for UK Graduate Route beginning 1 July 2021

The UK government has confirmed that international students will be able to apply for a post-study work visa via the Graduate Route beginning 1 July 2021. This means...

 Ireland extends post-study work eligibility for students studying remotely due to COVID

Ireland extends post-study work eligibility for students studying remotely due to COVID

Ireland has temporarily adjusted a key immigration policy affecting international students in light of COVID, in an effort both to protect students’ ability to stay in Ireland after...

Canada: International students can complete studies online and still be eligible for post-study work permit

International students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions will now be able to apply for Canada’s popular Post-Graduation Work Program (PGWP) regardless of how much of their programme is...

UK’s updated International Education Strategy commits to growth targets and post-pandemic recovery

Despite all of the disruptions arising from the pandemic, the number of foreign students in UK universities grew by 12% last year and surpassed a total enrolment of...

Australian government cautions on 2021 border opening as economic impact deepens

The new academic year in Australia begins in March, and this is normally an exciting, busy month as many thousands of international students flock to schools and campuses...

Canada toughens testing and quarantine requirements for international arrivals

Editor’s note: This article has been updated and expanded to reflect current government guidance around the now-active testing and quarantine rules (as of 21 February) as well as...

New Biden presidency offers hope to international students and educators in the US

The United States has a new President and Vice President, and the new administration will usher in an entirely different policy agenda and approach to relations with the...

New Zealand border exception will allow 1,000 international students to return this year

Beginning in April 2021, the New Zealand government will welcome back 1,000 international students who found themselves outside of the country when New Zealand closed its borders due...

Canada announces extension for international students with post-graduation work permits

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, has announced that international graduates with post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) that have expired or are about to expire are...

Canada requires international travellers to show negative COVID test

In a move that has left airlines and booking agents scrambling, the Government of Canada announced on 31 December that all international travellers must present a negative COVID...

Indian outbound student market poised to bounce back in 2021

In many respects, India has been one of the big stories in international student mobility over the past decade. Second only to China in terms of total outbound...

Digital health passports will help shape global travel in 2021

Given the pressing economic need for international travel to rebound in 2021, governments and companies are working together to develop ways for travellers to demonstrate that they are...