International students living in Australia will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine when the roll out begins during February. The news comes as a relief to the approximately 520,000 international student visa holders who have remained in Australia since the pandemic began, many of whom are excluded from accessing other government health and financial…

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From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada News release Ottawa, February 12, 2021—International students bring so much to Canada, contributing more than $21 billion annually to our economy and supporting the vitality of our communities. The pandemic has presented myriad challenges for international students, and the Government of Canada has taken action to assist them through this…

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An updated International Education Strategy launched by the UK government promises to “boost” the country’s education exports, as it restates a commitment to the target of hosting 600,000 international students and growing the industry’s economic impact to £35bn annually by 2030. At the centre of the strategy is international teaching qualifications. It also highlights recent changes in streamlining application processes and…

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Canada has announced a policy for former international students with post-graduation work permits to apply for open work permits in a bid to retain talent as it seeks more international graduates to become permanent residents. As part of the plan, individuals who hold or held a PGWP on or after January 30 will have the opportunity to apply for an…

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International students in the UK will be able to access the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as it is rolled out across the country, The PIE News has learnt. The country’s universities minister Michelle Donelan has also confirmed that no charges will apply to testing or treatment in relation to Covid-19. On December 2, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that the…

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The Canadian government has announced plans to welcome some 1,233,000 new permanent residents into the country between 2021 and 2023, something that Universities Canada says will be a “positive signal” to international students. The targets were published by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada following the tabling of the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration. In the report,…

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International students in pre-pandemic Canada were more likely than domestic students to complete master’s courses within two years, government statistics have shown. According to the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform, 65% of students from overseas who started their master’s program in 2013 had completed their course within two years. For students hailing from Canada, only 58% had managed…

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The Australian government has announced it will recommence granting international student visas and allow current students to count online study while overseas to ensure the country remains a priority study abroad destination as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. International students contribute AUD$40 billion annually and support 250,000 jobs. However, as a result of border…

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The UK Home Office has confirmed that international students will remain eligible for post-study work rights upon graduation if they begin or continue their studies online in the 2020/21 academic year. The news will be welcomed by those working in universities and key stakeholders advocating for the UK to come out fighting to maintain its…

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The majority of UK universities are preparing to provide in-person teaching this upcoming academic year according to a survey, while several institutions are offering prospective postgraduate students options to begin their studies in January 2021 rather than in autumn 2020. A survey carried out by Universities UK found that 97% of the 92 universities surveyed said they…

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