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 New Zealand opens up to international students and updates policies for post-study work rights

New Zealand opens up to international students and updates policies for post-study work rights

New Zealand immigration officials will begin processing student and visitor visas beginning 31 July 2022, which the government says signals “the full resumption of international education.” This is...

 Australia’s foreign enrolment recovering slowly in 2022

Australia’s foreign enrolment recovering slowly in 2022

The Australian international education sector is struggling to recover after two years of border closures despite its quality institutions and pent-up demand in many of its key markets....

 New Zealand extends agency status through 2022; new agent applications still on hold

New Zealand extends agency status through 2022; new agent applications still on hold

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced that agencies that currently have ENZ Recognised Agency status will have that status extended until December 2022. “COVID-19 has continued to impact...

 Australia and India moving toward mutual recognition of higher education qualifications

Australia and India moving toward mutual recognition of higher education qualifications

The governments of Australia and India have agreed to begin work on a new framework for the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, which will provide Australian educators...

 Australia: International enrolments down 17% in 2021; but visa applications now trending up

Australia: International enrolments down 17% in 2021; but visa applications now trending up

Australia’s borders were closed to international students for most of 2021, which led to an even steeper fall-off in enrolments than in 2020. International student numbers fell by...

Tens of thousands of international students return to Australia

International students are flocking back to Australia: more than 56,000 have arrived since November 2021 – and 7,000 of those arrived between 23 January and 30 January 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...

Australia further eases work rights and offers visa fee refunds for returning students

Australia announced earlier this month that international students employed in some sectors would be permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight given skills shortages and a...

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...

New Zealand launches new website for international students

While New Zealand has pushed back its gradual border opening until at least February 2022 because of Omicron, international students hoping to pursue a New Zealand education can...

International students cleared to enter Australia beginning 15 December

On 15 December, Australia will go ahead with its plan to welcome back fully vaccinated international student and skilled worker visa holders; humanitarian, working holiday and provisional family...

New Zealand to reopen borders in April 2022

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced today that the country’s borders would reopen to international travellers in 2022. Fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens – along with...

Australia will open its borders to fully vaccinated international students on 15 December 2021

Editor’s note: Australia’s border opening for international students was originally planned for 1 December 2021. On 29 November, however, the Australian government announced that the opening date would...

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...

US and Australian enrolment trends point to longer-term impacts of pandemic

New enrolment data for the US illustrates that different kinds of institution are feeling the impact of the pandemic in unique ways – some institutions are recovering and...