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

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

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...

 Australia and New Zealand set out plans for reopening to international students

Australia and New Zealand set out plans for reopening to international students

Australia and New Zealand have both been lauded for their success in stemming the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 12 May, Australia had recorded just under 7,000 confirmed cases...

 English UK warns many schools will cease trading without further government support

English UK warns many schools will cease trading without further government support

English UK has joined a broad industry effort to lobby the British government around its current emergency relief measures. At issue is the government’s Coronavirus Business Rates Relief...

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

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....

Rolling survey tracks consumer sentiment across Asian markets

McKinsey & Company is conducting a recurring survey panel in several Asian markets. The survey is carried out at one month intervals, and has been through two cycles...

Country briefing: Australia rallies to provide additional supports for international students

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

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...

WHO warning highlights continuing efforts to curb coronavirus in key Asian markets

As of 1 April 2020, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted with nearly 800,000 confirmed cases worldwide. While the United States, Italy, and Spain are currently...

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...