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 New Zealand confirms border reopening; first international students to return April 2022

New Zealand confirms border reopening; first international students to return April 2022

New Zealand will reopen its border in five stages throughout 2022, with fully vaccinated international students prioritised for the third stage beginning 12 April, when 5,000 international students...

 A post-pandemic push to diversify international enrolments

A post-pandemic push to diversify international enrolments

Institutions and schools have given greater attention over the last decade to the need to build diverse international enrolments. Even so, enrolments remain fairly concentrated in many leading...

 More international students moving on from Japan as border closures persist

More international students moving on from Japan as border closures persist

COVID infections in Japan have reached a record high, with more than 70,000 daily infections being reported currently. Those surging numbers led the Japanese government to postpone its...

 US: More international STEM students will be granted three-year OPT

US: More international STEM students will be granted three-year OPT

Effective immediately, the US’s Optional Practical Training programme (OPT) is expanding to allow more international students – in more STEM-related fields of study – to remain in the...

 Australia relaxes cap on international student work hours in selected industries

Australia relaxes cap on international student work hours in selected industries

Serious labour shortages in Australia due to workers having to isolate because of COVID-19 have prompted the government to temporarily extend the number of hours international students can...

Agent survey highlights important demand factors for study abroad into 2022

Four out of five respondents to a late-2021 survey of education agents believe that the factors influencing student decision making for study abroad have changed because of the...

US announces important changes for student visa policy

Today we’re reporting on policy changes in the US that will affect international students going to the country in the coming year. These include a planned hike in...

Omicron variant already impacting international student mobility

Around the world, government responses to the Omicron variant detected last month have had an immediate impact on student mobility and travel. The variant, which scientists first identified...

UK issues record number of study visas in 2021

The UK has broken a record in terms of the number of study visas issued to international students and their dependents, according to the Home Office. In the...

Canada expands list of approved vaccines

The Government of Canada has announced an expansion of its list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive in order to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose...

Australia: An overview of international student return plans

There has been a flurry of announcements from Australian states and territories in recent weeks. New student return pilots have been approved, and we now see a variety...

Japan announces border opening for international students

Update: The Japanese government closed the country’s borders again effective 30 November out of concerns over the Omicron variant. The Japan Times reports that, “New restrictions will encompass...

Surveys show that career outcomes outweigh rankings for many prospective international students

A new global study from Educations.com provides a number of striking insights about the changing factors influencing where, and with which institutions, international students choose to study abroad....

US legislative amendments aim to clarify use of agents in international student recruitment

Efforts are underway to have the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amend new legislation passed in June 2021 – the THRIVE Act – whose wording, in one...

Canadian immigration reports surge in study permit applications in 2021

New applications for Canadian study permits fell by nearly half in 2020 – compared to 2019 – as the pandemic took hold. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data indicates...