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 US government moving ahead with H-1B reforms while applying greater scrutiny to applicants

US government moving ahead with H-1B reforms while applying greater scrutiny to applicants

The H-1B visa programme has always been an important pathway for foreign graduates of US institutions wanting to stay and work in the United States after their studies....

 Proposed H1-B reforms would favour graduates with advanced degrees

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...

 US administration orders H-1B visa reforms

US administration orders H-1B visa reforms

Following months of speculation around the future of the United States’ H-1B visa programme, the US administration formally announced plans yesterday to reform this key visa category. On...

 US OPT rules confirmed: Foreign STEM grads can now stay and work for up to three years

US OPT rules confirmed: Foreign STEM grads can now stay and work for up to three years

Following months of legal wrangling and uncertainty over the key Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme for foreign STEM graduates in the US, new rules were formally set down...

 US court extends deadline for new post-study STEM work rules

US court extends deadline for new post-study STEM work rules

International students in the US hoping to gain practical experience in their chosen fields of study are getting an extra and unwanted learning experience about the US legal...

Court ruling places US post-study STEM work rights at risk

A US federal court has set aside key post-study work provisions for foreign students in the US. In a 12 August 2015 ruling, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle invalidated...

US authorities moving to improve student visa oversight in recent years

Three men were arrested in Los Angeles earlier this month in connection with an apparent “pay-to-stay” scam involving four private, postsecondary institutions in California. The scheme allegedly centres...

United States poised for more active student recruitment

Already the world’s leading destination for international students, the United States is set to become a more active recruiter of international students. In today’s ICEF Monitor post, we...

Student visa interviews: Behind the glass

His palms are sweaty, his heart is racing… No, it’s not a first date. It’s worse: the student visa interview. Even the most confident of students will surely...

US a source of international students too

The US is often in the news for its reputation as the leading destination for international students. But American students go overseas, too – as a recent report...

US Department of Homeland Security school outreach programme works to eliminate fraud

The US government continually works to establish and strengthen professional relationships between academic institutions and local Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) offices in order to preserve the integrity of...

New five-country visa application centre opens in Singapore

Of all the factors that can influence international student enrolments – from a country’s perceived safety or beauty to an institution’s reputation – visa processing times can be...

US one step closer towards passing STEM legislation, increasing H-1B visas

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill last week that would automatically grant green cards to international graduates of US universities with degrees in the science, technology, engineering...

Part 2: Internships an increasingly popular gateway to career and immigration opportunities

In the first of this two-part series, we considered the types of students that might benefit most from an internship abroad. In this second ICEF Monitor article, we...

Multi-year trends from the Agent Barometer global agent survey

The ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer is a unique annual survey of education agents around the world, and a joint venture of ICEF and i-graduate, a leading market research...