Weekly News Round-Up: January 5, 2023

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on January 12, 2023

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

The Outlook On H-1B Visas And Immigration In 2023

January 3, 2023

A new Congress is about to be sworn in. Democrats retained control of the Senate, with Republicans taking control of the House. Over the last two years, some in Congress have been focused on improving immigration processes for students, DACA recipients, and workers. This article is a good read for what to expect.

“The United States can reap significant economic benefits, ease labor shortages, and attract more workers in the global competition for talent if it expanded current rules on work eligibility for the spouses of H-1B visa holders,” writes Zavodny.

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Industry Leaders Share Their 2023 International Ed Predictions

January 3, 2023

This article provides a global look at 2023 from the UK, New Zealand, and the US. The discussion on digitization is very interesting, as well as the shared views on the importance of international students. All three countries understand the risks associated with not recognizing the extraordinary value of international students. This has been a key component of our advocacy over the last six years at Shorelight.

“The number of international students is going to continue to grow, but there’ll be more places they can go.” Esther Brimmer reiterated that “the US needs a coherent, integrated, national strategy for international education that brings together different branches of government.”

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It’s January. Here Come The Bad Higher Education Bills

January 1, 2023

Universities across the country are preparing for a new Congress and new state legislatures. With new members and some states’ changes in leadership comes uncertainty. At the beginning of each session, there is always hope and opportunity and the reality of pushback against harmful legislation. This article highlights some issues states are looking to address in 2023.

As in most years, higher education leaders are looking forward to new bills that could strengthen their campuses, help their students, and boost their budgets. But they are also bracing for a spate of legislation that ranges from the just plain silly to the downright harmful. Here’s an early look at some of this year’s bad legislative ideas, a list that’s sure to lengthen in the weeks to come.

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US Extends In-Person Interview Waiver To Reduce Visa Wait Times For International Students

December 29, 2022

The US State Dept. is continuing its efforts to improve visa processing for students. The department has done a tremendous job post-covid in getting students through the process, and extending the visa waiver program through 2023 is more good news. Hopefully, the next step is making it permanent.

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