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 US colleges continue to strengthen links with education agents

US colleges continue to strengthen links with education agents

Partnerships with agents are part of a multifaceted recruitment strategy for many American colleges, and representatives at private high schools in the US report that many of their...

 Widespread reports of work permit delays for foreign students in US

Widespread reports of work permit delays for foreign students in US

There has been a dramatic increase in international student participation in Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the US over the last several years. The programme allows authorised foreign...

 US immigration reaffirms that I-20s should not be sent to agents

US immigration reaffirms that I-20s should not be sent to agents

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a policy statement on 4 June 2019 to clarify that US institutions may only issue Form I-20s directly to students, or,...

 US report puts the price of declining student market share at US$5.5 billion

US report puts the price of declining student market share at US$5.5 billion

“International students create jobs, drive research, enrich our classrooms, strengthen national security, and become America’s greatest foreign policy assets,” opens a newly released report from NAFSA: Association of...

 China issues warning to students planning to study in the US

China issues warning to students planning to study in the US

Political and trade tensions between the US and China are deepening, with potential repercussions for Chinese enrolments in American higher education. This week, China’s Ministry of Education warned...

US ELT numbers decline for third consecutive year

International enrolment in Intensive English Programmes in the US fell by 10% between 2017 and 2018 (and student weeks by 13.7%) according to the new data from the...

US confirms increase in student visa fees

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed this month that it is moving forward with significant increases in student visa fees. All study visa applicants to the...

US visa data shows declining international numbers

There were just under 1,170,000 foreign students in the US as of March 2019 compared to slightly more than 1,200,000...

International graduate commencements fall in US for second straight year

In fall 2018, fewer international students applied to American graduate programmes than in fall 2017 and first-time enrolment of international graduate students also dropped, marking the second consecutive...

US university takes out insurance against drop in Chinese enrolments

A US university has taken out a US$400,000+ per year insurance policy against a significant decline in Chinese enrolment...

Slower growth and more intense competition in global ELT market

Overall volumes of English language training, as measured in student numbers and student weeks, have been essentially flat...

Proposed H1-B reforms would favour graduates with advanced degrees

International students graduating from US colleges with master’s degrees (and other advanced degrees) may soon have a much better chance of receiving a coveted H-1B visa allowing them...

International student numbers reach new record in the US but commencements down again this year

For the 12th consecutive year, international student numbers...

US planning to introduce term limits on student visas

In a 17 October update to its published regulatory agenda, the US administration announced a plan to introduce “a maximum period of authorised stay, and options for extensions”...

US admissions directors concerned about international enrolment

An annual survey of senior US college admissions staff finds continuing pressure on both domestic and international enrolments at many institutions. The 2018 Survey of College and University...