Weekly News Roundup: May 16, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on May 16, 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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Mid-Fiscal Year 2024 Visa Milestones Support U.S. Economy and Global Ties

The U.S. State Department has issued their mid-year 2024 report, and it tracks with reporting our team has received from direct one-on-one meetings with State Department personnel. We are pleased to see the department continue to push themselves and exceed numbers, but unfortunately for us, in key markets, we continue to see demand outpace capacity. Our teams are working hard to figure out how we can work with the department to meet demand and are sharing valuable data and insights with officials in our effort to increase capacity for potential Shorelight students.

  • We issued visas to nearly 134,000 exchange visitor program participants and 115,000 students. According to the Department of Commerce, international students contributed nearly $38 billion to the U.S. economy in 2022 and more than 335,000 jobs.

Read more on the State Department website >

Tennessee Congressman Files Bill Targeting Student Visas of Some Protestors

Here in DC we have been waiting for legislation on this issue. There have been several members of Congress calling for revoking international student visas for students who are involved in campus protests. Unfortunately, this talk and concern is very misguided and the quotes by this congressman don’t reflect the majority. Our team will be monitoring this legislation and providing updates as new information becomes available.

  • Tennessee U.S. Representative Andy Ogles (R-TN-5) filed H.R. 8322 in Congress last week, otherwise known as the Study Abroad Act. The bill calls on the Secretary of State to revoke certain types of visas provided to study abroad and exchange students whom are arrested for rioting or protesting unlawfully.

Learn more on FOX 17 Nashville >

Rising Demand: Indian Students Explore New Horizons for Overseas Education

This is an interesting article about what’s driving Indian students to education opportunities abroad. We all know that demand from India is outpacing every other country in the world. This article discusses the growing demand by Indian students beyond the “Big 4.”

  • Thanks to more study abroad options, students from India are now applying to unconventional countries beyond the Big 4s - U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. Countries like South Korea, Poland, and New Zealand have experienced a 200% increase in Indian student enrollment as per reports. This shift is due to a desire for diverse cultural experiences, specialised academic programs, and a relatively lower cost of studying and living.

Get the full story on ET Insights >