A settlement has been reached between the South African government and Education South Africa following court proceedings, after last year's worrying declines in ESL enrolments due to a visa policy impasse.
EduSA has resorted to court action over what it has called an “unconstitutional rejection of study visas”, following a longstanding policy impasse that EFL providers say has significantly damaged their business.
Changes to visa regulations introduced this year are harming EFL schools, according to South Africa's association of English language providers, which estimates that immigration rules may cut some schools’ business by up to 60%.
After seeing "dramatic" growth in Angolan students travelling to South Africa to study, International House Cape Town has opened a new English Language school in Angola's capital city Luanda. The school also signed three memorandum of understandings to open language schools at private local universities.
Oxford University Press has launched a "medium-stake" Oxford Test of English that gives students an externally validated assessment of their language level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages but is not an accepted test for university admissions or student visa applications.
The UK has confirmed it is easing the visa process for visiting Chinese nationals. The changes could allow Chinese tourists – who under current laws have the right to study in the UK for up to 30 days – to apply for a UK visa and Schengen visa at the same time, enabling easier access to other European countries.
Malta is keen to make visas more available for non-EU students in order to continue the market's growth trajectory according to Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo who spoke at the annual EFL Monitoring Board conference this month.