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 Canada announces further easing of border restrictions for vaccinated travellers

Canada announces further easing of border restrictions for vaccinated travellers

Earlier this month, the Canadian government began allowing fully vaccinated international students into Canada without requiring them to complete a 14-day quarantine. Now – in a move that...

 Canada adds Latin American and Caribbean countries to expedited student visa programme

Canada adds Latin American and Caribbean countries to expedited student visa programme

Canada announced a significant expansion of its Student Direct Stream (SDS) on 9 July 2021, with students from seven new countries throughout the Americas now eligible to participate...

 One third of students with Australian study visas remain outside the country

One third of students with Australian study visas remain outside the country

In November 2020, a report from a Victoria University think tank projected that Australia could lose up to half of its foreign enrolment by mid-2021 if the country’s...

 German borders open to some travellers from outside the EU

German borders open to some travellers from outside the EU

As of 25 June 2021, Germany’s borders are once again open to travellers from specific countries outside the EU – including the United States, Australia, Japan, and South...

 US withdraws proposed rule on fixed-term limits for international student visas

US withdraws proposed rule on fixed-term limits for international student visas

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced earlier this month that it has formally withdrawn a proposed rule change that sought to place term limits on international...

Safe arrival plan for international students approved for South Australia

A new “quarantine hub” in South Australia that will accommodate up to 160 international students has been recently approved by the Australian government and is expected to become...

Canada: Fully vaccinated international students eligible for exemption from quarantine

The Canadian government has announced that beginning 5 July at 11:59 pm ET, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents – as well as international students – will be...

France eases border restrictions with colour-coded system for international arrivals

The Government of France has announced that border restrictions have been eased as of 9 June under a green-orange-red classification model that spans the globe. A country’s assignment...

UK: Recent-month study visa grants surpassing pre-pandemic levels

New data released by the British Home Office show that the number of visas issued to foreign students has surged over the past seven months. In fact, the...

Belgium: Non-EU graduates will soon be able to remain for one year to look for work

Belgium is in many ways one of the most international countries in the world. A founding member of EU, NATO, the eurozone, the World Trade Organisation, and the...

International students’ frustration mounts as Chinese border remains closed

Thousands of international students who are enrolled in Chinese higher education institutions are currently unable to enter China due to the country’s 16-month-old COVID-related ban on international visitors....

More European destinations setting out plans for selective border openings

The European Commission (EC) is recommending that EU member states open their borders to allow vaccinated travellers to enter from certain countries based on the “developments in the...

Australia: Large-scale return of international students not expected until 2022

Editor’s note: Shortly after this item was originally published, the Australian government indicated there could be a further delay for the large-scale return of international students. In its...

US opens travel exemption for students from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa; extends earlier guidance for online studies

The US Department of State announced this week that students from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa will once again be permitted to enter the United States. They...

Majority of US consulates remain closed with only limited visa services available

US educators are urging the Department of Homeland Security to take steps to “ensure the timely and efficient processing of visa applications and work authorisations for international students...