Weekly News Roundup: May 9, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on May 9, 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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US Releases First Batch of Student Visa Appointments in India for September 2024 Intake

We have all been waiting on the news of visa appointments dropping this month. Mission India has been openly discussing their commitment to students are we are glad to see the first batch made available. Our team will be in India next week and we hope to have new insights on visa appointment availability.

  • It’s almost Student Visa Season! The first tranche of student visa appointments for interviews in late May has been released. In the coming weeks we’ll release additional appointment tranches for June, July, and August. - The US Consulate General Hyderabad

Read more on VisaGuide.news >

US Colleges Face ‘Perfect Storm’ on International Recruitment

In recent years, our team has faced many challenges that would have had serious impacts on international students. Our research arm and voice are growing in the sector and we believe Shorelight’s voice and insights have become a valuable asset to others in our sector. For many of us, understanding all the social and political challenges is the US is hard. Imagine how hard it is for international students.

  • “It’s the perfect storm that can put US higher education in crisis unless it decides to operate differently, and one [key to that] is understanding what role international students play in the higher education ecosystem. The idea that we’ve always had students come to us and we don’t have to worry about it is simply no longer sustainable.” Dr. Fanta Aw, NAFSA CEO, encouraged US universities to consider recruiting more actively, particularly because of the benefits that international students are known to bring to campuses.

Get the full story on Times Higher Education >

NFAP Policy Brief >> April 2024 International Students in Canada and the United States

New reporting by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analyzes the differences between the US and Canada. The analysis takes a deep dive into why more India students have been choosing Canada over the US.

  • “Highly skilled foreign nationals, including international students, have been choosing Canada over America because it is difficult to gain H-1B status or permanent residence in the United States, and easy to work in temporary status and acquire permanent residence in Canada,” according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis. “More favorable immigration policies are a significant factor in Canada attracting international students, particularly students from India.”

Learn more on the NFAP website >