Weekly News Round-Up: May 11, 2023

By Shorelight Team
Published on May 11, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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UK Plans Curbs On Visas For Overseas Students’ Family Members

The UK is one of the big four international student competitors, and this news will impact their ongoing efforts to attract international students. We know from our own experiences that many of our graduate students who enroll are married and have children. Those hoping to pursue OPT and/or H-1B status post-graduation often want to bring their families, and maintaining that option is very important.

“Students have been one of the main drivers of the post-coronavirus pandemic surge in migration, with almost 500,000 study visas issued by the UK authorities in 2022 — a rise of 81 per cent compared with 2019. Students, especially those coming from Nigeria and India, have become more likely to bring family with them, with 135,788 visas granted to dependents in 2022, up from 16,047 in 2019.”

Get the full story on the Financial Times >

Canada The Favourite Destination For International Students, Beating Australia And US

We know that Canada has been developing policies to attract and retain international students. We also know that current US policies and issues pose challenges for many potential students. Our team is working with several organizations to analyze data and recommendations that we hope will help make the case for improving policies for our students.

“The opportunities afforded to international students to work while they study and then get Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWP) and then immigrate to Canada through Express Entry system programs seems to be heavily influencing their decision to want to come here.”

Get the full story on Canada Immigration News >

‘Huge Sense Of Relief’: How New FAFSA Could Help Homeless Students

Restructuring aspects of the FAFSA application have been discussed for years. This change for students struggling with homelessness is significant. This change to the application process is welcome news for thousands of students across the country.

“Currently, students who are younger than 24 years old have to provide their parents’ tax information on the FAFSA. Students who are determined to be unaccompanied homeless youth don’t have to provide parental information. That annual determination process, which includes college financial aid administrators, can be retraumatizing for students but is critical to unlocking aid, said Barbara Duffield, executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, a nonprofit that works with and advocates for youth experiencing homelessness.”

Get the full story on Inside Higher Ed >