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UK rebrands ‘HTS’, moots rating most compliant sponsors

The term ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ will no longer be used to denote a UK education institution’s eligibility to sponsor Tier 4 visas from April 6, the Home Office has confirmed. And, according to a source close to The PIE News, it is considering bringing in a top-level rating for the most compliant providers later in the year.

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

US Citizenship and Immigration Services have received sufficient petitions for the 'highly-skilled' H-1B 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.

Sweden extends PSW, improves PhD route to residence

After outcry from educators about its strict post-study work laws, Sweden is set to extend the period for which international students can stay and look for work after they have graduated. The government also plans to make it easier for foreign PhD students to gain permanent residence.

New “risk-free” application system for T4

A new "ecosystem" encompassing the student application process from inquiry to graduation has been launched by a British former private college owner who believes his idea will improve quality standards and compliance and safeguard the UK's reputation as an education destination.

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