The issuing of visas and residence permissions to international students seeking to enrol at four English language colleges in Ireland has been suspended, following an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times that resulted in claims that some schools are willing to alter official records, allowing students to flout visa regulations.
The UK’s “unwelcoming” immigration policy is largely to blame for an unprecedented fall in the number of incoming international STEM students, a House of Lords report has concluded. The Lords have called for a “simpler” immigration policy that excludes overseas students from net migration figures and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services have received sufficient petitions for the ‘highly-skilled’ HB-1 visa to fulfil its statutory cap within five days of starting to accept applications for the second year running. The visa is a key route to post-work study for international students and is used by businesses to employ STEM graduates.
Delays to student visa processing in Russia – due to UK visa application centres being transitioned to a new commercial provider – are putting strain on a market already made fragile by political unrest and a weak ruble, The PIE News has learned.
There has been a drop in demand for English higher education among international students for the first time since 1985, research has confirmed. The number of full-time EU undergraduate entrants fell by nearly a quarter in 2012-13, while Indian and Pakistani enrolments have halved since 2010.
International education providers have voiced their consternation after the Department of Immigration and Border Protection signed off on a review into the effectiveness of the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria – which has raised concerns in the sector since 2012 – without any industry consultation.
Australia has eased visa requirements for students from ‘high risk’ countries including China, India and Pakistan, reducing the evidence requirements of English language proficiency, financial capacity and previous study.
International educators urged representatives on Capitol Hill last week to push for immigration reform as part of NAFSA’s annual Advocacy Day. Meanwhile, House Democrats are launching a petition to force the hand of House Republicans who have put off mooting immigration bill HR 15.
Despite the familiar “no cap” mantra, minutes from the latest meeting of the UK’s International Education Council (IEC) reveal that there is in fact a clear government commitment to removing barriers to enhancing international education exports.
UK immigration rule changes were announced last week by new Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, which include the rubberstamping of a 12-month internship scheme for Chinese students in the UK at the top 211 universities. Nationals from UAE, Oman and Qatar are now also deemed low-risk.