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 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...

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced earlier this month that it has formally withdrawn a proposed rule change that sought to place term limits on international...

 Canada: Fully vaccinated international students eligible for exemption from quarantine

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...

 Survey shows US colleges anticipate a strong recovery in international enrolment

Survey shows US colleges anticipate a strong recovery in international enrolment

US universities and colleges are anticipating that international students will return, in-person, to campuses this fall. Fully 86% of surveyed institutions expect to offer students in-person study, and...

 Canada’s language school enrolments down by 56% in 2020; “incremental recovery” anticipated this year

Canada’s language school enrolments down by 56% in 2020; “incremental recovery” anticipated this year

Canada’s language training centres hosted 56% fewer international students in 2020. Total student weeks were down by 49%, but the average length of stay increased by 16% to...

International enrolments in US ELT fell by 50% in 2020

International enrolment in Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) in the US fell by 50% in 2020 compared with 2019, and student weeks by 51%, according to the new data...

US boarding schools benefitting from the “bubble effect” for the coming school year

K-12 boarding schools in the US are projecting a relatively stable enrolment outlook for the 2021/22 school year, even as they look ahead to a more diverse foreign...

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...

Canada opens new immigration pathway for international graduates

The Canadian government has announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates already in the country. Eligible essential workers are those...

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...

Will more colleges require vaccinations for students returning to campus in September 2021?

President Biden’s ambitious COVID vaccination targets and determination to beat back the virus have prompted one US university – Rutgers – to announce that it will require students...

International student enrolment in the US fell by nearly 18% in 2020

A new report from the US Customs and Immigration Student and Exchange Visitor Program paints a clear picture of the impact of COVID on international enrolment in the...

Canada’s foreign enrolment fell nearly 17% in 2020

New data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reveals the impact of the pandemic on Canada’s foreign enrolment in 2020. IRCC reports that, as of 31 December...

US graduate programmes report 39% fewer international commencements in fall 2020

Graduate programmes across the US suffered steep first-time enrolment declines among international students in fall 2020, especially at the master’s level, according to data from the Council of...