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US Visa applications for international students now open one year ahead
Australia confirms post-study work extensions and increases during-study work cap
🔵 Edvisor ID: lauruseducation
📍 Melbourne, Australia
🗃️ New Promotion (exclusive to Edvisor's agents)
Future English, located in the heart of Melbourne, is a great place to learn English. With their new promotion, students who take 10 weeks of classes will get one week free. Students who enrol in a package of VET courses will also receive a 5% discount on their VET fees. Enrollment and material fees are only $250 each. Plus, every 15 weeks, agents will receive a bonus.
Regardless of their current English level, all students at Future English will benefit from the highest quality teaching methods that will enable them to develop both personally and professionally, not just in Australia, but also abroad. At Future English, students from all corners of the world come together to enjoy diverse cultures while learning English at the same time. With the support of Future English's staff, students will be able to find accommodation, and employment and get assistance in adapting to their new life in Melbourne.
🔵 Edvisor ID: kaplan
📍 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
🗃️ New Campus Opening
Kaplan International Languages has recently moved its Edinburgh school to a new prestigious location in St Andrew Square in the centre of the city. The new school offers courses in General English, Semi-Intensive and Intensive English, Academic Year, IELTS Preparation, Business and a festival course focusing on the arts during the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.
Students can choose to stay in a residence, with a host family or even with a local host family. With six world-class universities in Edinburgh, it is a top destination for students looking to learn English and benefit from other attractions such as Edinburgh City Castle and Arthur’s Seat.
In addition to the Edinburgh school, Kaplan has locations in Canada, Ireland, the USA, the UK and Europe that offer English language classes, as well as the Alpadia Languages Schools brand which provides year-round French and German courses in France, Germany and Switzerland, and summer camps in English, French and German.
The U.S. Department of State has recently changed its visa policy to allow international students to apply for a visa up to one year in advance of the start date of their course. The previous time limit was 120 days prior to the start of the course.
This change has been put into effect from January 26th, 2023, and is a permanent change intended to help facilitate student applicants' visa interviews and travel processes. While students can only enter the USA on a student visa within 30 days of their program start date, some international students may be eligible for visa interview waivers until the end of 2023. This measure is meant to reduce visa wait times and facilitate non-immigrant travel.
Click here for more information on the current student visa procedures.
All higher education students in Australia, including international students, must now have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This is an individual education number that provides an online record of vocational and higher education in Australia and is required to obtain a qualification or statement of attainment.
Onshore international students should acquire a USI as soon as possible, but those studying outside of Australia still enrolled with an Australian institution do not need one for their degree. Those who partially studied in Australia prior to January 1st 2023 but will complete the remainder of their course offshore should create a USI as soon as possible.
An exemption is available for international students who have already returned home and completed their course before January 1st 2023.
Click here for more information about the USI.
The government of Australia has confirmed that increased post-study work rights for international students will commence from July 1st along with the list of eligible qualifications that will qualify and has also announced that work rights while studying will increase to 48 hours per fortnight.
All bachelor's degree students will have up to four years of post-study work rights; master's degree students up to five years; and doctoral students up to six years regardless of their field.
The government said that these changes are targeted at areas of most need, such as health, teaching, engineering and agricultural fields, and have been welcomed by Universities Australia and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).
Existing settings for regional and existing settings for regional and remote Australia, which provide additional work rights to encourage study outside the major cities, will be maintained.
Eligible graduates with a valid Temporary Graduate Visa on July 1st, 2023, or those who apply for one after July 1st, 2023 will be considered for the two-year extension. This new policy is aimed at addressing skills shortages in Australia and making the country more attractive as a study destination to support the recovery of the international education sector.