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 US visa data indicates a further decline in foreign enrolment in 2019

US visa data indicates a further decline in foreign enrolment in 2019

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released its SEVIS by the Numbers report for 2019, and it reveals a slight decrease...

 Canada expands post-graduate work permit eligibility for students impacted by COVID-19

Canada expands post-graduate work permit eligibility for students impacted by COVID-19

Updated 26 August guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) includes three important announcements for international students. Through 30 April 2021, IRCC is now allowing students to...

 ICEF Exchange podcast: Building safe student corridors: A case study from Canada

ICEF Exchange podcast: Building safe student corridors: A case study from Canada

Our podcast series continues with a closer look at some comprehensive plans and protocols for safe student arrivals during the pandemic. The Canadian example is an interesting one...

 Canadian immigration guidance creates uncertainty for incoming students

Canadian immigration guidance creates uncertainty for incoming students

Through its immigration policy and directives throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Canada has distinguished itself as a progressive and welcoming destination for international students. In the early weeks of...

 Data shows a downward trend in ELT enrolments in 2019

Data shows a downward trend in ELT enrolments in 2019

The five major English Language Teaching (ELT) destinations – the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, and Ireland – have now reported their enrolment data for 2019, and...

US eases travel restrictions for European students

The US effectively closed its borders to international travellers in mid-March, but a July announcement from the US State Department eased those restrictions for some visitors from Europe....

Survey: Most US colleges will adopt a hybrid learning model for fall 2020

A new survey conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE) indicates that most students enrolled at US colleges and universities this fall will be learning according to...

US immigration confirms new international students cannot enter the US for “100% online” studies

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began the month of July by announcing new guidance that would have effectively barred international students from entering or remaining in the...

Canadian language schools push for government support for “Study Safe Corridor”

In a normal year, Canada’s English and French language programmes attract 150,000 foreign students, generate billions of dollars of exports, and prepare many students for study at Canadian...

Canada announces conditional student visa approvals for students beginning studies online

Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced new visa policies and services this week that are designed to ease international students’ transition to study in Canada in the coming...

US administration withdraws controversial immigration rule for online studies

Earlier today, the US government rescinded a much-criticised directive regarding international students and online studies. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance, issued 6 July, had stated that,...

Canada’s K-12 schools building protocols for safe arrivals this year

Earlier this year, the Canadian government established an exemption to the otherwise strict border closures currently in place for international travellers. Under this exemption, international students are permitted...

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

Updated 14 July: The US administration announced during a court hearing today that it would rescind the 6 July guidance described here. Please see our more recent post...

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 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...