This year’s rankings are launched at a challenging time for the whole world, with COVID-19 impacting universities and students alike. The latest QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion. READ MORE
22 Nov 2020 – On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies.
For international students wishing to study in the UK, the new post-study work visa provides the opportunity to work in the UK after graduation. READ MORE
01 Nov 2020 – This month, the UK government changed the immigration route for students! What used to be the ‘Tier 4’ route has become the ‘Student’ route. Most of the changes are not significant but they might affect you. PRODIREKT academic advisors have put together a handy guide for you to understand the rules on the new visa procedures for international students. READ MORE
20 Sep 2020 – Non-EU students whose programs have moved online due to the pandemic will not be permitted to enter Germany this year. Those enrolled in programs delivered according to a hybrid model, a mix of both in-person and online, will not be affected by the government’s decision. READ MORE
Providing priority study permit processing for applicants who have submitted a complete application online
Allowing students to count time spent in online studies abroad toward their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit, so long as (i) they have submitted a study permit application and (ii) at least 50% of their program of study is completed in Canada
Implementing a new two-stage approval process for students who cannot submit all of the documentation needed for a complete study permit application (for example, any biometric requirements)
Each of these is significant, but the last item is especially noteworthy as it effectively introduces a conditional approval process for new applicants to help reassure students that they are on track to pursue studies in Canada once visa processing services are fully restored, travel restrictions ease, and international flight services are re-established.
Read the full announcement about this important development here.
15 July 2020 – The US government has rescinded its 6 July immigration rule that would effectively have barred international students from entering or remaining in the US if their program of study transitioned to online delivery.
The education sector in the US – along with state governments and other stakeholders – banded together to launch a number of legal actions and it was during one of these lawsuits, launched by Harvard University and MIT, that the repeal of the directive was announced. Close to 200 universities supported MIT and Harvard in their lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. READ MORE
A new US immigration rule will prevent foreign students from entering the United States if their planned program of study transitions to online delivery for the fall 2020 semester. Similarly, students already in the country may be required to depart if their programs move to online instruction.
On 6 July, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a rule change setting out “temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester.” READ MORE