NZ student visa applications drop 31% - Global Education Times (GET News)

NZ student visa applications drop 31%

The latest New Zealand immigration statistics have revealed a pronounced 31% drop in student visa applications from foreign students looking to study in NZ.

In 2019-20, there were 77,045 applications for student visas, which was a 31% drop from 2018-19’s 111,809 applications.

These numbers mean that the financial year of 2019-20 in NZ saw the lowest number of student visa applications for over 10 years.

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Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight - Global Education Times (GET News)

Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight

In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, Estonia has offered to support the educational systems of other countries with digital education services delivered at no cost.

Startup Estonia along with the Ministry of Education and Research and a few other entities have collaborated to roll out a new initiative which will allow other countries access to their digital education tools.

This step has been taken by the government of Estonia as most countries are facing school closures due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Australia lifts work restrictions for foreign student nurses - Global Education Times (GET News)

Australia lifts work restrictions for foreign student nurses

Australia has lifted visa restrictions that would have limited the work hours of 20,000 foreign student nurses to help deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The ease of restrictions, concerning the foreign student nurses working hours, comes as part of an effort by the government of Australia to ease the pressure placed on their aged care sector under the strain of the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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Tier 4 visa extension for Chinese students proposed - Global Education Times (GET News)

Tier 4 visa extension for Chinese students proposed

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for an automatic extension of Tier 4 visa issued to Chinese students pursuing education in the UK amongst other measures to help them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has caused significant disruption to classrooms across the world and several institutions within the UK have closed campuses as well.

International students, particularly Chinese students, find themselves in problematic circumstances with exam postponements, closure of student housing facilities, and the issue of their Tier 4 student visas running out.

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Canada launches accelerated visa scheme Nigeria Student Express - Global Education Times (GET News)

Canada launches accelerated visa scheme Nigeria Student Express

Canada has announced the launch of Nigeria Student Express, an accelerated visa processing scheme for Nigerian students.

Under the new pilot scheme, eligible Nigerian students will have the luxury of expedited visa processing time frames.

Nigeria Student Express (NSE), a new visa pilot scheme, has been launched by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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UK graduates with a first or 2:1 degree earn more - Global Education Times (GET News)

UK graduates with a first or 2:1 degree earn more

UK graduates with a first or upper-second class degree earn more money than their peers, a new study has found.

Researchers from HESA (the Higher Education Statistic Agency) and the Department of Economics at Warwick University compared the pay of graduates with non-graduates.

The research noted that the decline in ‘graduate premium’ was less pronounced for graduates with higher grade degrees.

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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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