Canada and China have reached a reciprocal agreement to introduce 10-year, multiple entry visas for citizens for business, travel and tourism in a move that will boost bilateral trade ties and people-to-people exchanges.
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.
Starting today, Chinese visitors and students to the US will be granted visas valid for up to 10 years US President Barack Obama announced this week. Education professionals in both countries welcome the move saying it will facilitate education exchange for students, scholars and their families.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.