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 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,...

 Canada expands biometric requirements for study permits

Canada expands biometric requirements for study permits

Canada is expanding its use of biometrics for applicants for visitor visas, work permits, study permits, or permanent residence. Effective 31 July 2018, all applicants from countries in Europe,...

 US F-1 visas down nearly 17% in 2017

US F-1 visas down nearly 17% in 2017

New data from the US State Department points to a marked decrease in the number of F-1 visas issued to international students in 2017. The F-1 visa class...

 New Zealand: Updated visa rejection rates will influence English requirements for 2018

New Zealand: Updated visa rejection rates will influence English requirements for 2018

New visa acceptance data from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will help inform the English proficiency requirements for student visa applicants in 2018. Under rules established in 2015, INZ...

 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...

Canada’s international student enrolment up 8%

Canada became the latest major study destination to report on international enrolment trends this week with the release of the annual A World of Learning report from the...

Continued international enrolment growth for Australia through mid-2016

A new report from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBF) provides some interesting insights on international student enrolment in Australia as well as the country’s student...

EU vote harmonises and eases visa rules for non-EU students

The European Parliament has adopted new regulations designed to make study and research in the European Union more attractive for those coming from outside the EU. Members of...

2015 in review: The most-read and must-reads from the year

As we count down the final days of the year, let’s take a moment to look back over 2015 with our third annual review of the most-popular items...

Nepal emerging as an important growth market for international education

Demographic and economic shifts in Nepal, mirroring those occurring in other Asian nations, have resulted in a sharp increase in the country’s under-25 population and a rise in...

Amendments to ESOS Act progressing through Australian parliament

(Editor’s note: Following the original publication of this article, the ESOS amendments passed both houses of the Australian parliament on 1 December and received royal assent on 11...

2015 Agent Barometer survey yields new insights on student concerns and growing impact of online

Results from the 2015 installment of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer are now in, and this year education agents’ responses are significantly different in some areas than in...

Canada introduces new travel authorisation requirement

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is moving to implement a new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirement for foreign visitors this year, including international students. Modelled on similar programmes...

K-12 international school enrolment surpasses four million worldwide

We are pleased to present the following guest post from Anne Keeling, who handles media relations and marketing for The International School Consultancy (ISC), a marketing intelligence and...

Scottish educators aiming for expanded post-graduation work rights

We all now know that the September 2014 Scottish referendum ended with a majority vote (55.3%) against the proposition that Scotland establish itself as an independent country. Even...