Only 1 English test for medical professionals UK Tier 2 Visa - Global Education Times (GET News)

Only 1 English test for medical professionals UK Tier 2 Visa

Medical and healthcare professionals will no longer need to meet separate English language requirements when applying for their Tier 2 Visa (General), when they have already met them as part of registering with a relevant regulatory body.

It also means that international students who have completed their training in the UK will not need further English language testing to remain and work on a Tier 2 visa (General).

This means that these healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and midwives, are to be exempt from the English language requirement for their visa application where they have used their successful OET (Occupational English Test) results for professional registration.

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UK post study work visa to be relaunched - Global Education Times (GET News)

UK PSW post study work visa to be relaunched

The British government has announced its intention to relaunch the 2-year UK post study work visa for foreign students who choose to study in the UK.

Under the new visa reform proposals by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, foreign students will have access to the UK post study work visa that will grant them right to work in the country for up to two years after graduation.

This is likely to apply to foreign students who enrol to study in the UK from 2020-21.

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4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected - Global Education Times (GET News)

4 in 10 applications for Canada student visa rejected

39% of Canada student visa applicants were rejected in the first five months of 2019, statistics reveal.

The nearly 4-in-10 student visa rejections include applications for primary, secondary, post-secondary and language programmes.

Over half (53%) of all international students headed to study a Bachelor’s degree in Canada were turned away by immigration officials in the period from January to May this year, according to data provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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42% increase in UK student visas for Indians - Global Education Times (GET News)

42% increase in UK student visas for Indians

The number of Indian students choosing to study in the UK has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the latest UK Home Office statistics.

The data also indicates that the number of Tier 4 UK student visas issued to Indians is now at the highest level since 2011-2012 at 21,881.

This rise comes following the 2011 abolition of the UK’s two-year post-study work visa by then home secretary Theresa May, which had made Britain a less attractive place for Indian students.

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Sri Lanka and Maldives deal to relax mutual visa rules - Global Education Times (GET News)

Sri Lanka and Maldives deal to relax mutual visa rules

The governments of Sri Lanka and the Maldives are set to relax reciprocal visa rules as they sign four agreements alongside Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official visit to the archipelago this week.

Alongside relaxation of visa rules, the deals to be signed will cover a cover a variety of core areas including higher education, skills development and training for citizens of the two countries.

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British Columbia foreign students healthcare fees doubled - Global Education Times (GET News)

British Columbia foreign students healthcare fees doubled

An updated payment method from 2020 will see British Columbia foreign students healthcare costs doubled to Canadian $75 per month.

This news comes as Medical Service Plan (MSP) is eliminated for British Columbians in the Province.

The old MSP system required international students to pay premiums as part of their healthcare coverage. This was the same for Canada’s British Columbia natives.

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Fast-track Australia tech immigration programme launched - Global Education Times (GET News)

Fast-track Australia Global Talent Independent Program launched

The Australian government have unveiled a new fast-track tech immigration programme for highly-skilled global talent as part of its newfound effort to address the local skills gap and grow the tech sector.

Australia’s Home Affairs department has set aside 5000 immigration visa places within the existing permanent migration programme – capped at 160,000 places – for the new “Global Talent Independent Program”.

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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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