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US: 2015 cap on H-1B visas reached in 5 days

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.

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Willetts signals new UK HE regulation for all

A new regulatory policy “is coming” that will pave the way for parity of policy between UK HE institutions and Alternative Providers (APs) from the private sector. Universities Minister David Willetts addressed Study UK members this week, whose members represent the “voice of independent education”. He also spoke about student number controls at APs.

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NZ offers sector better work rights, visa fast-track

Unlimited work rights for PhD and Masters students; relaxed work rules for English language learners and a pilot fast-track visa scheme are among bold changes announced this week in New Zealand. The changes also sharpen the quality oversight of education providers by preventing the lowest quality providers from recruiting internationally.

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