Category: Student Visa

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Australia Doubles International Student Visa Costs

Australia has significantly increased visa application fees for international students, aiming to enhance the “integrity” of its education sector and manage overall migration.  The fee has jumped by 125%, from AU$710 to AU$1,600, effective July 1, 2024. Australia boasts one of the world’s largest international education sectors, valued at around A$48 billion annually, accounting for…
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Australia Cracks Down on Student Visa Loopholes

Starting July 1, 2024, Australia will tighten its rules on student visa applications to prevent what officials call “visa hopping.” This move aims to close loopholes that have allowed visa holders to extend their stay in the country indefinitely. Key Changes: The government cites a report from the Grattan Institute, which found that 32% of…
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UK Government Keeps Graduate Visas But With Conditions

The government has decided to keep the graduate route visa for now, but it remains “under review” as part of efforts to prevent misuse by international students. There were worries that the government might tighten or even abolish this visa to reduce net migration. However, on May 23, the Home Office and Department for Education…
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UK Immigration: Decline in UK Study Visa Applications

The number of individuals seeking entry to the UK on student visas has plummeted to unprecedented lows since the pandemic. Recently released data from the UK Home Office highlights a significant downturn in both student-dependent applications and overall student visa applications following the implementation of new legislation earlier this year. At the beginning of this…
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UK Rejects EU Youth Mobility Deal

The UK government has decided against striking a post-Brexit agreement with the European Union (EU) to facilitate easier living, studying, and working opportunities for young British citizens within the EU. Recently, the European Commission proposed a “youth mobility scheme” for UK citizens aged 18-30, urging EU member states to engage in discussions. However, the UK,…
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