Weekly News Roundup: February 1, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on February 1, 2024

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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New Webinar: The Essential Role of Practical Training in Higher Education and the Innovation Economy

For those of you who were unable to attend last week’s webinar, The Essential Role of Practical Training in Higher Education and the Innovation Economy, we recorded it and you can watch here. The webinar focuses on the role that programs such as OPT play in international students’ decisions when making country choices. The webinar was hosted by Shorelight, The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and White Board Advisors.

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Leveraging Untapped Talent: The Strategic Imperative of Embracing F-1 Students for American Businesses

This is a quick read, but a good one. Outside the capital, there is overwhelming support for modernizing our current immigration policies. Higher education, business, and even the US government understand that we must address immigration to remain globally competitive. 

  • In the quest to address critical skills gaps, American businesses often overlook a valuable talent pool: international students on F-1 visas. Despite their exceptional qualifications, fresh perspectives, and global experiences, these individuals face challenges in proving themselves due to their non-immigrant status.

Read more on LinkedIn >

US Visa Appointment Wait Time Down 75%

There is some good data in this article helping us all to better understand the scope and scale of visa demand in India. India processed 1.4 million visa applications in 2023; students made up 140,000 of that total. According to this data, one out of every 10 US visa applicants comes out of India. 

  • “Taken individually, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai now stand as the top four student visa processing posts in the world. As a result of these surging numbers, Indian students have become the largest group of international graduate students in the US and make up more than a quarter of the over one million foreign students studying in the US,” the statement said.

Get the full story on the Hindustan Times >

Australia, UK, Canada Move to Stem International Student Intake

By now, you should all be aware of last week’s Canadian policy changes that will seriously impact international students. What you might not be aware of are the policy changes that Australia and the UK have also made over the last year. This article provides a good overview of what each of the countries has done and outlines the pros and the cons.

  • Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom experienced a boom in overseas students after the pandemic which has led them to tighten policy, mainly to reduce record levels of net migration. But their approaches to student policy tightening have been quite different.

Learn more on Independent Australia >