In its announcement, the NSW government said the measures would help to protect vulnerable students and maintain the state’s track record as a “leading global study destination”. “International students are an integral part of our communities and our economy,” said minister for skills and tertiary education, Geoff Lee. “Thousands of families around the state depend on…

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Cornell University is the first Ivy League university to become ACT or SAT exam test-optional, joining an ever-growing list of US schools that are dropping the requirement for fall 2021 admissions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in April, the College Board – the not-for-profit organisation that gives the SAT – and ACT announced the cancellation of all…

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made temporary changes in the rule for international students working part-time in the fields such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government of Canada will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a…

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In March 2020, Canada closed its borders in an attempt to help fight the spread of COVID-19. This pandemic has left international students with study permits wondering if and when they’ll be able to enter the country. Fortunately, the Government of Canada announced on March 20 that international students with study permits issued on or before March…

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Student advocacy group, Council of International Students Australia, is urging stakeholders to ensure the livelihoods of international students are equally considered in the various welfare packages being offered due to the impact of coronavirus. It is calling for freezing or reducing rents, and lowering the cost of education that has been moved online. This follows two…

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As coronavirus continues to steer the international education sector further into unchartered territory, a webinar has revealed educators are worried about the enduring appeal of the country as a study destination if visa processing is not revived soon enough, and work rules are not clarified. With the industry at a ‘shelter in place’ footing with many US…

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In response to the growing COVID-19 epidemic, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced the country will be closing its borders to non-citizens and those without permanent resident status starting on March 18. The announcement is expected to impact a large number of international students, many of whom are in Canada and now considering travelling…

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As of December 3rd, 2019, Canada has expanded its biometric requirements for visa applications. This means that international students interested in applying for study permits in Canada may need to submit biometrics with their application. The visa application process can be intimidating, so we’ve compiled information on the biometrics expansion from the Government of Canada.…

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The UK government has launched its long-awaited points-based immigration system which it claims will “open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world”. EU students will also be subject to the points-based system for study visas, as the single global system promises to “treat EU and non-EU citizens equally”. Due to come…

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