US relaxes online education visa rules to battle Coronavirus outbreak - Global Education Times (GET News)

US relaxes online education visa rules to battle Coronavirus outbreak

In reaction to the coronavirus outbreak, the US immigration authorities have relaxed online education visa rules for international students.

The potential procedural adaptations message released by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) on Monday last week was sent to all SEVP-certified colleges and universities.

The statement declared that such institutions ‘may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis’.

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Cohort Go and North Loop cement partnership - Global Education Times (GET News)

Cohort Go and North Loop cement partnership

Cohort Go and North Loop have signed a partnership, which will give customers access to competitive exchange rates and no fees.

The partnership between Cohort Go and North Loop will provide many banking facilities for international students in the US. These include competitive exchange rates, no fees and the transfer of money through a secure method.

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United States becoming less popular for study abroad - Global Education Times (GET News)

United States becoming less popular for study abroad

The popularity of the United States as a study abroad destination for international students has decreased, according to CarringtonCrisp’s Business of Branding study conducted in association with EFMD.

Of those responding to the study, 50% considered the United States as a study abroad destination, a continued decline from 62% in 2018 and 67% in 2017.

Despite this decrease, it remains the top study destination world along with the UK, which has also decreased from 52% to 50% in the last year.

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Foreign students contribute $447m to Hawaii economy - Global Education Times (GET News)

Foreign students add $447m to Hawaii economy

Foreign students have become essential to Hawaii, having brought in $447 million to its economy, according to a report from the state Department of Business Economic development and Tourism released last week.

Dubbed the ‘Economic Impact of International Students in Hawaii – 2019 Update”, the report outlined ways in which international students both directly and indirectly poured money into Hawaii’s economic pot last year.

The $446.7 million of revenue generated by international students is broken down thus: $216.9 million came from direct spending, $197.3 million from generated household income and $34.3 million came in the form of state taxes.

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Simon Business School part-time MBAs get STEM designation option - Global Education Times (GET News)

Simon Business School part-time MBAs get STEM designation option

University of Rochester’s Simon Business School has announced that the New York State Department of Education has provided them with a STEM designation option for two of its part-time programmes: the Professional MBA and the Executive MBA.

This makes Simon Business School one of the few top business schools in the United States to offer a STEM-designated option regardless of concentration.

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North Loop: new bank for foreign students in US - Global Education Times (GET News)

North Loop: new bank for foreign students in US

Serial entrepreneur Tahem Verma, has launched a borderless bank – North Loop – aimed at international students in the US.

North Loop is a fintech company focused on helping foreign students in the US to access financial services such as education loans and other such services.

The US attracts millions of international students yearly and one of the main difficulties that these students find when they arrive is the relative difficulty in accessing banking solutions.

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Southwest’s Destination 225° to recruit new student pilots - Global Education Times (GET News)

Southwest’s Destination 225° to recruit new student pilots

Southwest Airlines is launching a new pilot recruitment programme, Southwest’s Destination 225°, partnering with 10 universities and flight schools in the US to address an impending shortage of aviators.

The programme aims to train students specifically “The Southwest Way” and students will be provided with mentors who will potentially help them pass exams to enter first-officer training programmes with Southwest.

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ICE foreign students immigration compliance checks planned - Global Education Times (GET News)

ICE foreign students immigration compliance checks planned

It has been revealed that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers of US may soon visit workplaces to question certain foreign students for immigration compliance.

International students and company managers who are on Optional Practical Training (OPT) programmes in various fields such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will be questioned.

This follows reports earlier this week that the Trump administration announced the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”.

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