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 US issues “horrifying” rule change that requires foreign students to leave the country if their study programme transitions to online-only

US issues “horrifying” rule change that requires foreign students to leave the country if their study programme transitions to online-only

Updated: Harvard and MIT have filed a lawsuit that seeks to have the 6 July directive set aside. Please see details below. On 6 July, US Immigration and...

 Study provides new insights on concerns of foreign students in US during pandemic

Study provides new insights on concerns of foreign students in US during pandemic

A new study from a consortium of US research universities draws on a large sample of international students in the US to measure student perceptions and concerns during...

 US suspends several work visa programmes, including H-1B

US suspends several work visa programmes, including H-1B

US President Donald Trump has suspended a number of non-immigrant visa programmes until the end of 2020, citing the high unemployment caused by COVID-19 as the basis for...

 Higher education students press for refunds and discounts during COVID-19

Higher education students press for refunds and discounts during COVID-19

Educators the world over are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty about how they will attract and retain students for the coming academic year. COVID-19 continues to be an...

 Projecting COVID-19’s impact on US higher education this fall

Projecting COVID-19’s impact on US higher education this fall

A newly released survey from the Institute of International Education (IIE) provides some fresh insights on how the pandemic is affecting US universities and colleges, and especially with...

US immigration review raises new concerns for H-1B and OPT programmes

On 22 April 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of most new immigrants to the United States for at least 60 days (the suspension may...

Canada extends flexible rules for post-graduate work permits through end of year

In a move that had been widely anticipated over the last month, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that more flexible rules for student eligibility for...

COVID-19 restrictions “unprecedented” in history of international travel

A new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlights that 96% of all destinations worldwide have introduced travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

Canada eases immigration rules to allow incoming students to begin studies online

There is more reassuring news for international students who have received a study permit for Canada for spring 2020. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced those...

Country briefing: Canada confirms travel exemption and emergency assistance for eligible international students

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series of country-specific briefings that we will publish in the coming weeks on major study destinations and sending markets...

Language training moves online as COVID-19 forces suspension of face-to-face programmes

Schools across the world’s leading English Language Training (ELT) destinations are suspending in-person classes in the wake of quickly unfolding travel restrictions and government directives designed to stem...

Survey measures the expected impacts of COVID-19 across education sectors and regions

A broad survey of education executives conducted in March shows that concern is widespread that COVID-19 and its societal and economic effects will be damaging in the short...

Canada grants travel exemption to international students

On 16 March, Canada announced that it was closing its border to all travellers, except for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and, for a brief time, American citizens. On...

Adjusting to the new normal of international travel

As the global response to the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, the situation with respect to international travel is anything but normal. The landscape is very fluid at...

Immigration and work opportunities key for Mexican students

Mexico is a key Latin American sending market – second only to Brazil in terms of the size of its population and economy – and a growing number of institutions...