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US changing visa rules to attract highly-skilled

Washington : To make America more attractive to highly-skilled foreign students and workers, the United States has announced a series of reforms, including changes in the F-1 and H-1B visa rules, that may benefit professionals from India. The interim measures are aimed at improving the competitiveness of US companies in the world market and stimulating US job creation before comprehensive immigration reforms for "fixing our broken immigration system," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced.

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New USA Visa Renewal Rules – Interview Waived for Indian Citizens

Assistant Secretary Janice L. Jacobs announced new USA visa renewal program to streamline the visa renewal process for Indian visa applicants. • This new program will permit consular officers to waive interviews for some qualified applicants who are renewing their visa within 48 months or four years, of expiration of their previous visa and within the same

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Canadian student visa rules relaxed

Foreign grad students can work in their fields By Derek Sankey, For The Calgary Herald, Alberta, Canada

Foreign PhD student Hamid Omran, left, was able to work with Gerd Birkle and Stantec Consulting while at school thanks to new visa rules. Recent changes to limited student visas for foreign masters and PhD students now allow them to find work in their respective fields while completing their postgraduate degrees - a change that some companies are using as a recruitment tool - eliminating restrictions on working off campus in their chosen professions.

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Canada announces 10-year Visa for Indian students from mid-July

Canada is the most preferred study abroad destination among Indian students. This destination is attracting a large number of students every year. To attract more students to study in Canadian universities, the Canadian Visa authorities will issue 10-year visa for Indian students. This new rule will get implemented from mid-July of this year, a Canadian official said this.

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New Zealand: Updated visa

New visa acceptance data from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will help inform the English proficiency requirements for student visa applicants in 2018. Under rules established in 2015, INZ produces an annual summary of visa rejection rates for applicants from markets around the world. The full-year data for 2017 was released on 24 January

Aside from providing an interesting window into visa processing in New Zealand, the significance of this data is that it relates directly to the types of evidence of English language proficiency that education providers can accept from potential students. In short: applicants from countries where the visa rejection rate is 20% or higher have fewer options for demonstrating English proficiency and will more often require a standardised English test score, such as IELTS or TOEFL.
This provision pertains for students applying for programmes other than language studies, and the full requirements are detailed in Rule 18 of the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules. The Rule 18 guidelines include specific test benchmarks for various levels of study in New Zealand.

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New Zealand introduces international strategy and revamped agent recognition programme

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

New Zealand has formally launched an international education strategy that will help guide the sector’s development through 2030
The strategy aims for a significant increase in the economic impact of the sector over the next decade, but otherwise places the emphasis on the quality of New Zealand education and the satisfaction of visiting students
Capping off a month of important policy and sector announcements, Education New Zealand will also relaunch its agent training and agent recognition scheme later this year
New Zealand is moving forward with a new 12-year international education strategy – the New Zealand Education Strategy 2018–2030 – that prioritises student experience, educational quality, and spreading international enrolments throughout all regions. Quality over quantity is the central message, and the strategy does not include international student enrolment targets – instead stating measurable goals for international student satisfaction.

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