Weekly News Roundup: February 22, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on February 22, 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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Defending Borders, Defending Democracies Act: Bill Summary

No matter where you are in the world, you know that the debate over immigration in the US is a hot topic. In recent weeks, the US Senate passed a bipartisan proposal that addressed a host of issues. Unfortunately, the US House leadership has been unwilling to take up the legislation even for debate. There has been a real effort from House members to find a way to move something forward on immigration. The “Defending Borders, Defending Democracies Act” is an attempt to move something through the House that could pass the Senate. Until the southern border is addressed, getting legislation for “legal” immigration policies is very difficult. We will continue to monitor and update.

Read more on the National Immigration Forum website >

Bipartisan House Members Unveil New Border, Foreign Aid Proposal

  • As the worlds oldest and strongest democracy, the United States primary responsibility must be to secure its own borders. But we also have an obligation to assist our allies in securing their borders, especially when they come under assault by dictators, terrorists, and totalitarians. Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan are all freedom-loving democracies, they are our allies, and we must assist them in protecting their borders just as we must protect our own. We can, and must, achieve all of the above.

Learn more from ABC News >

Indian Students Are Turning Away from UK Universities

Our team is closely monitoring the news and impacts of recent policy changes taking place in the UK, Australia, and Canada. As many of you know, the UK made changes to their visa policy regarding graduate students and their ability to bring dependents with them during their studies. The goal of the policy change was driven by a push to decrease net immigration numbers. This article highlights some initial data on student number impacts.

  • This decline is likely linked to the ongoing review conducted by the Rishi Sunak-led government into the Graduate Route visa, also known as the post-study work visa. The Graduate Route visa allows graduates the opportunity to stay and gain work experience in the UK for at least two years after completing their degree.

Get more info over on The Economic Times >

Nearly Half Trying to Study Abroad Now Women

  • Mumbai: An increasing number of Indian women are looking to pursue higher education overseas in the US, UK, Europe, Australia and elsewhere at a time when companies globally are pushing to improve female participation in the workforce. Besides that, they're also able to take advantage of a greater number of dedicated scholarships and funding opportunities.

Get the details on The Economic Times >