Global Edufest 2024 : International Education Fair Derhadun

Dehradun’s first Global Edufest of the year

Dehradun’s inaugural education fest of the year, Global Edufest 2024, showcased over 20 universities from around the world. This event was not just about providing information on study-abroad plans; it also offered unique opportunities for students and educators to interact with these universities through panel discussions and Q&A sessions, making it a standout event.

Colleges from ‘around the world’

The event truly embodied the spirit of global education, showcasing the diversity of 20+ international universities from the USA, UK, Australia, Europe, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Germany, and Dubai. These universities, each with unique specialties, were brought together under one roof, fostering a sense of unity and global connection and providing students with life-changing opportunities.

Spotlight 

The event was a dynamic affair, starting with a lamp-lighting ceremony and a lively Garhwali dance performance by the students of Touchwood School. The panel discussions, which covered various topics related to studying abroad and the challenges faced by students in foreign countries, were interspersed with felicitations for the participating schools and universities. The event concluded with a group picture of the delegates, volunteers, and the team of Study Unifees.

Word from the Organisers

“We’re thrilled to share the resounding success of our recent event. From meticulous planning to flawless execution, every detail was carefully orchestrated to create an unforgettable experience. Our team’s dedication and expertise ensured seamless coordination, resulting in a truly exceptional affair. The positive feedback from attendees reaffirmed our commitment to excellence and the power of effective teamwork. We’re immensely proud of what we achieved and look forward to building on this success in the future.”

GREAT Scholarships 2024 : Eligibility, how to apply and more

British Council, the international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations in the UK, has announced the GREAT Scholarships 2024 in collaboration with the GREAT Britain campaign. GREAT Scholarships are designed to provide Indian students with opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies in various fields in the UK, starting in autumn 2024 and Includes 26 scholarships across 25 renowned UK universities. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000, that is around 10,43,442 in Indian Rupess  which will be applied towards the tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course in the 2024-25 academic year.

GREAT Scholarships cover a wide range of fields including finance, marketing, business, psychology, design, humanities, and dance. For the 2024-25 academic year GREAT scholarships are available at the following institutions. 

  1. Anglia Ruskin University
  2. Aston University
  3. Guildhall school of Music and Drama
  4. Hartpury University
  5. JCA London Fashion Academy
  6. Norwich University of Arts
  7. Robert Gordon University
  8. Royal College of Art
  9. Royal Northern College of Music
  10. Sheffield Hallam University
  11. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  12. University College London
  13. University of Bath
  14. University of Birmingham  
  15. University of Chichester
  16. University of Kent
  17. University of Nottingham
  18. University of St Andrews
  19. University of Stirling

There is also exciting news for students interested in Justice, Law, Science, and Technology! There are two scholarships specifically for Justice and Law at

  1. Queen’s University Belfast and 
  2. University of Bristol.

Four scholarships in Science and Technology at  institutions :

  1. University of Derby
  2. University of East Anglia
  3. University of Glasgow
  4. University of the West of England

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have an offer of entry from a participating university.
  • Be an Indian citizen with an undergraduate degree.
  • Relevant work experience or proven interest in the chosen field of study
  • English proficiency test results like TOEFL, IELTS, PTE etc.
  • Chosen postgraduate program must begin in September.

Application Process and Deadlines

  • To apply for  Scholerships first you have to Visit the universities page to find out more about the scholarship and follow the instructions.
  • Don’t Forget to Check The deadline to apply for a GREAT Scholarship as it varies according to each institution
  • Successful scholars will be informed by individual universities on the result of their applications.
  • Scholarship funding will be issued to successful scholars by individual universities after registration

Selection Process for the GREAT Scholarships

  • The panel established by the British Council will review each application based on pre-set criteria to shortlist candidates.
  • Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview, which forms a crucial part of the final selection process.

 Drop any questions or experiences in the comments below.

 

Frequently Ask Questions About GREAT Scholarships 2024

Q1. What is the GREAT Scholarships 2024 program?

The GREAT Scholarships 2024 is a collaborative initiative between the British Council and the UK government’s Great Britain campaign. It’s designed to provide Indian students with opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies in various fields in the UK, starting in autumn 2024.

Q2. How many universities and scholarships are involved in the program?

The program includes 25 UK universities offering a combined total of 26 scholarships specifically for Indian students seeking postgraduate education.

Q3. What fields of study are covered by these scholarships?

Scholarships cover a wide range of fields including finance, marketing, business, psychology, design, humanities, and dance.

Q4. What is the value of each scholarship?

Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000, which will be applied towards the tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course in the 2024-25 academic year.

Q5. Are there specific scholarships for law and justice studies?

Yes, two scholarships are offered for students interested in courses related to justice and law, including subjects like human rights, property law, criminal justice, and commercial law.

Q6.  Are there scholarships available for science and technology research?

Yes, the scheme includes four grants for science and technology research, specifically in fields like artificial intelligence and sustainable engineering, at four British universities.

Q7.  Where can I find more information about the GREAT Scholarships 2024?

For detailed information, visit the British Council’s website : https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/great-scholarships

Q8. What is the purpose of the GREAT Scholarships program?

The GREAT Scholarships program aims to foster strong links between the UK and India, particularly by welcoming Indian students to pursue higher education in the UK.

Q9. What are the eligibility criteria for these scholarships?

To be eligible, students must receive an offer of entry from one of the participating universities and must meet all the requirements for their chosen course as specified by the university.

Q10.  Are these scholarships limited to specific UK universities?

Yes, these scholarships are only available at the participating higher education institutions in the UK.

 

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme : Apply Now

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme : Apply Now

Are you dreaming of pursuing higher education abroad? And Looking for financial support for pursuing Masters level courses and Ph.D. courses. Then This Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship is for you .

Let’s talk about this scheme in details:

The Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship is to facilitate the low income students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Laborers and Traditional Artisans category to obtain higher education such as a Master’s degree or Ph.D. courses by studying abroad.

The Scheme provides financial assistance to the selected candidates for pursuing Masters level courses and Ph.D. courses abroad in Institutions, Universities accredited by the Government, authorized body of that country in any field of study. However, Bachelor’s Level courses in any discipline are not covered under this Scheme

Download PDF for details about National Overseas Scholarship (NOS) Scheme

In each Selection Year, 125 fresh awards, subject to availability of funds will be given under this Scheme. You can see the category-wise distribution of slots for various groups eligible for scholarships:

30% of the awards for each year shall be earmarked for women candidates. However, in case adequate women candidates are not available as per the stipulations of the scheme, then the unutilized slots will be utilized by selecting suitable male candidates.

Candidates with unconditional offers of admission to the top five hundred ranked foreign institute, universities, as per the latest available QS rankings, will be selected for the grant of scholarships during the first round of selection.

You can check QS Ranking of university by clicking on this link : QS Ranking of University

In the second round of selection in the year, the following priorities will be given :

i. Candidates having unconditional offer letter of admission from Top 500 QS Ranking Institutions applying in the second cycle. 

ii. Candidates having unconditional offer letter of admission from other QS ranked Institutions, who have applied for scholarship under the scheme during the previous cycles or current cycle of the current year for admission. 

iii. Candidates having unconditional offer letter of admission from other recognized Institutions, who have applied for scholarship under the scheme during the previous cycles or current cycle of the current cycle for admission. 

For Details Visit National Overseas Scholarship (NOS) Scheme Official Website :
https://socialjustice.gov.in/schemes/28

However, any financial condition mentioned in the offer of admission such as deposit of fee or any other amount, or proof of source of funds, shall not be a bar for consideration of application under the Scheme guidelines. 

To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must attain a minimum of 60% marks or an equivalent grade in the qualifying examination. For Ph.D. courses, the qualifying exam would be a Master’s Degree, and for Master’s Degree courses it would be a Bachelor’s Degree. If a student has completed a Bachelor’s of Engineering after completing a Diploma, the percentage of marks obtained in the Bachelor’s degree will be taken into account.

The prescribed financial assistance will be provided upto completion of the course research or the following period, whichever is earlier.

You can apply for this scholarship from NOS portal only. 

The NOS portal will open from 15 February 2024 for a period of 45 days, i.e, till 31 March 2024 for submission of online application through the Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. What is the National Overseas Scholarship?

    • A Central Sector Scheme aimed at supporting low-income students from backward classes, including scheduled castes, nomadic tribes, traditional artisans, and landless agricultural laborers, to pursue higher education overseas.
  2. Who is eligible for the National Overseas Scholarship?

    • Students from scheduled castes, nomadic tribes, traditional artisans, and landless agricultural laborers with specific academic qualifications and income limits.
  3. What are the educational qualifications required for the scholarship?

    • For Masters: Minimum 60% at undergraduate level; For Doctorate: Minimum 60% at Master’s level. Also, meeting the ELP scores set by various universities.
  4. Is there an age limit for applicants?

    • Yes, the maximum age limit is 35 years as of 1st April of the application year.
  5. What should be the family income of the applicant to be eligible?

    • The total family income should not exceed Rs. 8,00,000 P.A.
  6. Can more than one child from the same family receive this scholarship?

    • Only two children from the same parent can avail of this scholarship.
  7. Are candidates already studying abroad eligible?

    • No, candidates currently studying or settled abroad are ineligible.
  8. Are there any restrictions on the number of family members who can receive this scholarship?

    • Yes, only two candidates from the same family are eligible.
  9. Is work experience considered in the scholarship application?

    • Candidates with two years of relevant field experience will be preferred.
  10. Does this scholarship cover Bachelor’s degree courses?

    • No, Bachelor’s degree courses are not covered under this scholarship scheme.
  11. How many total slots are available for the study abroad scholarship for minorities?

    • There are 125 total slots available.
  12. What is the allocation of slots for Scheduled Castes?

    • Scheduled Castes are allocated 115 slots.

The Canadian Province Halts Approvals For New Colleges Accepting International Students

Study Abroad : Canada Education Latest Update

Major Changes for International Students in British Columbia!

Attention, international students and education enthusiasts! Canada, a go-to destination for students worldwide, is undergoing significant changes in its education system. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Temporary Freeze on New Colleges for International Students: British Columbia has put a halt on approvals for new colleges accepting international students. This moratorium lasts until February 2026.
  2. Canada’s New Approach: Following Canada’s decision to cap foreign student admissions due to housing challenges, the government aims to reduce approved study permits by 35% for 2024, limiting them to 360,000.
  3. British Columbia’s Quality Assurance Moratorium: There’s a two-year pause on new Education Quality Assurance designations. This means new institutions can’t recruit international students until the moratorium lifts. However, existing institutions can renew their designation.
  4. Enhanced Standards & Safeguards: British Columbia is dedicated to eliminating exploitative practices and boosting the quality of post-secondary education. This includes stronger quality standards and new protections for international students.
  5. New Rules for International Students:
    • Frequent Inspections: Increased inspections of private post-secondary institutions to ensure compliance with new quality standards and student support.
    • Higher Standards for Private Degree Programs: These programs must meet elevated criteria, including labor market needs and student support resources.
    • Minimum Language Requirements: Set for private training institutions, preparing international students better for their educational and professional journey.
    • Transparent Tuition Posting: Public institutions must display tuition costs for the entire duration of study programs, offering clarity on education expenses.

These changes reflect Canada’s commitment to a high-quality education system and better student experiences. Stay tuned for more updates!

Canada announces two-year plan to cap international students

Canada Latest News : Understand the Student Cap and the new Post Study Work Rules

Canada acknowledges the invaluable contributions of international students who study in Canada to communities and recognizes their significance in shaping the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the country.

However, recent challenges have threatened the integrity of the international student system. Some institutions have excessively increased enrollments to boost revenues, leading to a lack of proper support for students. 

This surge in international students has also strained housing, healthcare, and other services.
To address these concerns, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced today that the Government of Canada will implement measures to stabilize the number of international students. A two-year student cap on international student permit applications has been set, with an expected approval of approximately 360,000 study permits for 2024—a 35% decrease from 2023. Provincial and territorial student caps, based on population, have been established to address unsustainable growth in specific regions.

These temporary measures will require attestation letters from provinces or territories for every study permit application submitted to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) starting January 22, 2024. Provinces and territories are expected to issue attestation letters to students by March 31, 2024. The student cap will not affect study permit renewals, master’s and doctoral degree seekers, or those in elementary and secondary education.

During this two-year period, the government will collaborate with provinces, territories, learning institutions, and education stakeholders to develop a sustainable framework for international students in the context of the student cap. This includes finalizing a recognized institution framework, determining long-term sustainable levels of international students, and ensuring sufficient student housing in post-secondary institutions.

To align with the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, eligibility criteria will change from September 1, 2024. Graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible for a 3-year work permit. However, international students in curriculum licensing arrangements will no longer qualify for post-graduation work permits. Open work permits will only be available to spouses of international students in master’s and doctoral programs.

The government aims to provide clear pathways to permanent residence for students with in-demand skills and explore measures to facilitate the transition of international students into the labor force. Recent reforms include updating the cost-of-living requirement for study permit applicants and enhancing the verification process for letters of acceptance from post-secondary institutions.

In 2024, targeted pilots will be introduced to support underrepresented cohorts of international students in pursuing their studies in Canada. These comprehensive measures seek to ensure the genuine well-being of international students, protect the integrity of the immigration system, and alleviate pressures on Canadian services.

Canada is Still a Great Option

Canadian higher education is globally renowned for its exceptional quality, making Canada a preferred destination for students seeking top-notch academic experiences. The Canadian education system consistently ranks among the best in the world, emphasizing innovation, research, and a commitment to academic excellence.

Universities and colleges in Canada provide a diverse range of programs, fostering a dynamic learning environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and practical application of knowledge. The faculty members are often distinguished experts in their fields, contributing to cutting-edge research and creating an enriching educational atmosphere. Moreover, the Canadian higher education system places a strong emphasis on inclusivity, diversity, and fostering a global perspective, ensuring that students are prepared to navigate an interconnected world.

One hallmark of Canadian education is its emphasis on research and innovation. Many institutions collaborate with industries and research organizations, providing students with opportunities to engage in groundbreaking research and real-world projects. The commitment to research-driven learning not only enhances the academic experience but also prepares graduates to address complex challenges in their respective fields.

The quality of Canadian higher education is further underscored by the rigorous accreditation processes and high academic standards set by regulatory bodies. Additionally, Canadian universities consistently feature in international rankings, reflecting their commitment to maintaining world-class educational standards. Overall, Canadian higher education stands as a beacon of quality, offering students a transformative learning experience that prepares them for success in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

International Students in Canada

It is crucial to approach the topic of international students in Canada with a nuanced perspective, recognizing the numerous benefits they bring to the country. However, like any demographic group, international students can pose certain challenges and generate specific issues within the Canadian context. It is important to emphasize that these challenges are not inherent to international students themselves but may arise due to various factors, including policy gaps, institutional shortcomings, and societal dynamics.

One notable issue is the strain on essential services, particularly in metropolitan areas with high concentrations of international students. The influx of students can put pressure on housing markets, leading to increased demand and potentially rising rental costs. In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, where housing affordability is already a significant concern, the additional demand from international students exacerbates the challenges faced by local residents.

Similarly, the surge in the international student population can strain healthcare services. International students, like any residents, may require access to healthcare, leading to an increased demand for medical facilities. This can potentially result in longer wait times for both routine and emergency medical services, impacting not only international students but also the local population.

Another challenge is the potential exploitation of international students by unscrupulous institutions. Some educational institutions, driven by financial motives, may admit a higher number of international students than they can adequately support. This can lead to issues such as inadequate student support services, substandard living conditions, and a lack of resources for academic success. In extreme cases, it can result in a compromised learning experience and the exploitation of vulnerable students who may face difficulties navigating a foreign educational system.

Furthermore, the pursuit of increased revenues by educational institutions can compromise the quality of education for both international and domestic students. In some cases, institutions may prioritize quantity over quality, compromising academic standards to accommodate larger numbers of students. This can dilute the educational experience, diminish the value of degrees, and harm the reputation of Canadian institutions in the long run.

Additionally, there may be cultural and social challenges faced by international students. Adapting to a new cultural environment, language barriers, and potential feelings of isolation can impact the mental well-being of international students. The need for effective support systems, counseling services, and integration initiatives becomes crucial to ensure the holistic development of these students during their time in Canada.

The economic implications of relying heavily on international student tuition fees also raise concerns. Canadian universities, particularly during economic downturns, may become overly dependent on international student revenue. This financial vulnerability can impact the institutions’ ability to maintain consistent educational standards and adequately support students.

In response to these challenges, the Canadian government and educational institutions need to implement comprehensive policies and strategies. This includes addressing housing affordability, enhancing healthcare infrastructure, and regulating institutions to ensure they prioritize quality education and student well-being over financial gains. Moreover, fostering inclusive and supportive environments for international students, both academically and socially, is crucial to maximizing the positive contributions they can make to the Canadian society and economy.

In conclusion, while international students contribute significantly to the cultural, social, and economic vibrancy of Canada, challenges arise that demand attention and thoughtful solutions. Addressing these issues requires a collaborative effort from policymakers, educational institutions, and local communities to create an environment where international students can thrive without compromising the well-being of the local population or the integrity of the education system.

Study Abroad : Italy to allow Indian students to stay for an additional 12 months after the completion of their degree.

In recent years, an increasing number of Indian students have been choosing to study abroad, reflecting their growing aspirations and pursuit of superior education. Italy, a country renowned for its academic prowess, has introduced an exciting opportunity for these students. This article delves into this development and its implications for Indian students aspiring to study in Italy.

Highlights of Agreement:

  • Temporary Residence Post-Study: Indian students can obtain up to 12 months of temporary residence in Italy after completing their studies for gaining professional experience.
  • Inclusion of Professional Training: The agreement provides for professional training, helping Indian students to adapt to Italian skill standards and work culture.
  • Allocated Quotas for Non-Seasonal Workers: Specific quotas for Indian workers in Italy, with 5,000 slots in 2023, 6,000 in 2024, and 7,000 in 2025.
  • Seasonal Employment Quotas: Reserved quotas for Indian seasonal workers, with 3,000 in 2023, 4,000 in 2024, and 5,000 in 2025, particularly in sectors like agriculture and tourism.

The Migration and Mobility Agreement

The Indian Union Cabinet recently approved the Migration and Mobility Agreement with Italy. Signed on November 2, 2023, by Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, and Antonio Tajani, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the agreement facilitates temporary residence in Italy for Indian students. Post-study, they can stay for up to one year, enabling them to gain professional experience.

Key Features of the Agreement

The Migration and Mobility Agreement between India and Italy encompasses several key provisions that benefit Indian students studying in Italy.

Let’s explore some of these provisions in detail:

Temporary Residence for Professional Experience:

Indian students who wish to gather initial professional experience after completing their academic or vocational training in Italy may be granted temporary residence in the country for up to 12 months. This provision allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical setting, enhancing their employability prospects.

Professional Training and Internships:

The agreement includes detailed provisions related to professional training, extracurricular internships, and curricular internships. These provisions enable Indian students and trainees to gain valuable experience in Italian skill and training standards. By participating in internships and training programs, students can enhance their practical skills, expand their networks, and improve their understanding of the Italian work environment.

Reserved Quotas for Indian Workers:

In addition to the benefits for students, the agreement also reserves quotas for Indian workers in Italy. The Italian side has allocated a quota of 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 non-seasonal Indian workers for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025, respectively, under the current Flows Decree. This reservation ensures that Indian workers have opportunities to contribute to the Italian economy and gain valuable professional experience.

Seasonal Employment Opportunities:

The agreement also includes provisions for seasonal employment opportunities for Indian workers. The Italian side has reserved a quota of 3,000, 4,000, and 5,000 seasonal Indian workers for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025, respectively, under the current Flows Decree. This provision allows Indian workers to engage in temporary employment during specific seasons, such as agriculture or tourism, providing them with additional avenues for gaining international work experience.

Benefits for Indian Students

The Migration and Mobility Agreement between India and Italy offers several benefits for Indian students seeking to study in Italy. Let’s explore some of these benefits in detail:

Extended Stay for Professional Development:

By allowing Indian students to stay in Italy for an additional 12 months after completing their studies, the agreement offers an extended opportunity for professional development. This extra time allows students to secure internships, participate in training programs, and gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields. It also provides them with a valuable chance to immerse themselves in the Italian culture and further enhance their language skills.

Enhanced Employability:

The agreement’s provisions for professional training and internships significantly enhance the employability of Indian students studying in Italy. By gaining practical experience in Italian skill and training standards, students acquire valuable skills that make them more attractive to potential employers. This experience sets them apart from their peers and gives them a competitive edge in the job market, both in Italy and internationally.

Networking Opportunities:

Studying in Italy and participating in internships or training programs provide Indian students with excellent networking opportunities. They have the chance to connect with professionals, industry experts, and fellow students from around the world. These connections can prove invaluable for future collaborations, job referrals, and mentorship opportunities. Building a strong network during their time in Italy can open doors to exciting career prospects both in Italy and back home in India.

Conclusion:

The Migration and Mobility Agreement between India and Italy has opened up new possibilities for Indian students seeking to study in Italy. The provisions for temporary residence, professional training, and internships offer numerous benefits, including extended stays for professional development, enhanced employability, and valuable networking opportunities. With this agreement in place, studying in Italy becomes an even more attractive option for Indian students looking to broaden their horizons and pursue academic excellence on an international level.

 

Canada Visa News – Canada Increases Fees for Student Status Restoration and New Study Permits

Canada has recently updated its fee structure for foreign nationals seeking to restore their status as students and obtain a new study permit.

Here’s a detailed overview of the changes:

  1. Fee Adjustment for Inflation: As of December 1, 2023, Canada has adjusted application fees for various immigration-related services, including the restoration of student status, to account for inflation. These adjustments, which follow the Service Fees Act, reflect the first such change since April 2018​​​​.
  2. Restoration and Study Permit Fees: The total cost for restoring status as a student and acquiring a new study permit is now CAD $379.77. This includes CAD $229.77 for restoring status and CAD $150 for the new study permit​​​​​​​​.
  3. Fee Breakdown: Previously, the restoration fee was CAD $200, and the fee for a new study permit was CAD $150, totaling CAD $350. However, with the recent adjustment, the restoration fee has increased to CAD $229.77​​​​.
  4. Annual Adjustments and Refunds: Canada plans to adjust these fees annually to match the rate of inflation. Additionally, if service standards are not met, applicants may receive partial refunds as per the Departmental Remission Policy​​.
  5. Additional Permit Fees: If foreign nationals require a work permit in addition to the study permit and restoration, they must pay additional fees. For example, the work permit fee is CAD $155, which would be in addition to the restoration and study permit fees​.

These changes impact foreign nationals, particularly students seeking to regain their status or return to Canada. The adjustment in fees reflects Canada’s ongoing effort to manage immigration services effectively while adjusting for economic factors such as inflation.

On December 1, 2023, the following application fees for foreign nationals applying to regain their status or return to Canada after being inadmissible will be adjusted for inflation in accordance with the Service Fees Act (SFA):

Changes to inadmissibility fees
FeeCurrent FeeNew Fee(December 1, 2023)
Authorization to return to Canada$400.00$459.55
Rehabilitation – Inadmissible on the grounds of criminality$200.00$229.77
Rehabilitation – Inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality$1,000.00$1,148.87
Restore your status as a visitor, worker or student$200.00$229.77
Restore your status as a worker and get a new work permit$355.00$384.77
Restore your status as a student and a get a new study permit$350.00$379.77
Temporary resident permit$200.00$229.77

The recent hike in fees for restoring student status and obtaining a new study permit in Canada will have several implications for students. Here are five major points to consider:

  1. Increased Financial Burden: The most immediate impact will be the increased financial burden on students. The total cost for restoration and a new study permit has risen to CAD $379.77, which is a significant amount, especially for international students who are often already managing higher tuition fees and living expenses. This could deter some prospective students from choosing Canada as their study destination or pose a challenge for those already in Canada who need to restore their status​​​​.
  1. Budgeting and Financial Planning: Students will need to reassess their budgets and financial plans to accommodate these increased fees. This might mean allocating more funds towards immigration-related costs, potentially at the expense of other aspects of their education or living expenses. Proper financial planning will become even more crucial for international students in Canada​​​​.

These points highlight the broader economic and social implications of such policy changes on the international student community in Canada. The increased costs not only affect individual students but could also have wider repercussions on the attractiveness of Canada as a global education destination.

Navigate Canadian Study Visa Processes with Ease: Personalized Support from Study Unifees

Navigating the complexities of restoring student status and obtaining a new study permit in Canada can be a daunting task, especially with the recent changes in fee structures and regulations. That’s where Study Unifees comes in as your trusted partner. Our expertise in dealing with Canadian study visas and our deep understanding of the latest immigration policies make us an invaluable resource for students worldwide. Whether it’s budgeting for the increased fees, understanding the application process, or planning your study duration effectively, our team at Study Unifees is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive support. Learn more about how we can help you achieve your academic dreams in Canada by visiting our Study in Canada page.

At Study Unifees, we believe that every student deserves access to accurate and reliable information. Our ‘About Us’ section at gives you an insight into our commitment to assisting students in achieving their educational goals in Canada. We understand that each student’s situation is unique, and our personalized approach ensures that your specific needs are met. Don’t let the complexities of immigration procedures overwhelm you. Book a free counselling session with us today at and take the first step towards a seamless and successful educational journey in Canada. Your aspirations are our priority, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

USA VISA Update News – US Embassy in India Announces New Rules for Student Visa Applicants

The United States Embassy in India has recently announced significant changes to the visa application process for Indian students. This development, effective from November 27, 2023, specifically impacts applicants for F, M, and J student visas. These changes are crucial for students aspiring to study in the U.S. and aim to prevent fraud and misuse of the appointment system.

New Passport Information Requirement

The most notable change introduced by the embassy is the mandatory use of accurate passport information by all F, M, and J student visa applicants. From creating a profile to scheduling visa appointments, applicants must ensure that their passport details are correct. This measure is taken to enhance the integrity of the appointment system and curb identity frauds​​​​​.

Consequences of Inaccurate Information

The embassy has made it clear that any discrepancies in passport information will have serious consequences. Applicants who have created a profile or booked an appointment using an incorrect passport number will not be accepted at the Visa Application Centers (VAC). Such appointments will be canceled, and the visa fee will not be refunded​.

Advice for Applicants with Incorrect Information

For those who have already created a profile or booked an appointment with incorrect passport information, the embassy advises creating a new profile with accurate passport details or updating any existing profile with the correct information. However, this will necessitate the payment of a new visa fee if the old receipt is linked to a profile with incorrect information. In cases of lost, stolen, or renewed passports, applicants must provide evidence of the old passport number for their US visa appointment​.

Overview of F, M, and J Student Visas

The US offers three types of student visas: F, M, and J. The F visa, or Academic Student Visa, is for those attending an accredited academic institution. The M visa, or Vocational Student Visa, caters to students enrolling in non-academic programs. The J visa, or Exchange Visitor’s visa, is designed for various groups, including students and teachers, focusing on cultural exchange. F and M visa applicants must enroll in a school or program certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), while J visa applicants require sponsorship from an organization approved by the US State Department​.

Conclusion

These new rules by the US Embassy in India mark a significant shift in the student visa application process, aiming to enhance security and efficiency. Aspiring students must pay close attention to these changes to ensure a smooth visa application experience.

Implications for Indian Students and 5 Essential Tips for Navigating the New US Student Visa Rules

Implications for Indian Students:

  1. Strict Adherence to Accurate Passport Information: Indian students must ensure that their passport details are correctly reflected in their visa application profiles and appointments. This precision is now a critical part of the process.
  2. No Room for Error: Mistakes in passport information can lead to the cancellation of visa appointments and loss of the visa application fee, adding financial consequences to procedural errors.
  3. Increased Responsibility for Personal Information Management: Students are now more accountable for the information they provide, emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility in the application process.
  4. Potential Delays and Additional Costs: Those needing to correct passport information will face delays and additional costs, as a new visa fee will be required if the old receipt is linked to incorrect details.
  5. Awareness of Visa Types and Requirements: Understanding the specific requirements for F, M, and J visas is essential, as each visa type has distinct requirements and purposes.

5 Tips for Navigating the New Rules:

  1. Double-Check Passport Details: Before submitting any information, verify your passport details thoroughly. Ensure that the name, number, and other details exactly match your passport.
  2. Stay Informed about Visa Types: Understand the differences between F, M, and J visas. Choose the right visa type based on your academic or vocational aspirations and ensure compliance with specific requirements.
  3. Plan for Potential Delays: Start the application process early to accommodate any unforeseen delays, especially if you need to correct information or reapply.
  4. Keep Evidence of Old Passport Details: If you have a lost, stolen, or renewed passport, keep a photocopy or other evidence of your old passport. This will be crucial if your visa appointment is linked to your previous passport.
  5. Regularly Check Updates from the Embassy: Stay updated with any further changes or announcements from the US Embassy. Regularly visit their official website or follow their social media channels for the latest information.

By understanding these implications and following these tips, Indian students can navigate the new US student visa rules more effectively, ensuring a smoother application process.

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Australia Tightens Visa Regulations: Key Changes to Combat International Visa Scams

In a significant move to combat international visa scams and bolster the integrity of its education system, Australia has recently implemented stringent new regulations. These measures are designed to protect students and maintain Australia’s reputation as a top destination for quality education.

Key Changes in Australian Visa Regulations

  1. Closing of Visa Loopholes: The Australian government has taken decisive action to shut down loopholes in the student visa system. These loopholes had allowed international students to switch from legitimate study programs to arrangements primarily designed to facilitate work in Australia. This change focuses on the policy of holding “concurrent COEs” (Confirmations of Enrolments), which some students were exploiting to transfer from reputable higher education and vocational training institutions to less expensive, private colleges.
  2. Increased Financial Requirements: From October 1, 2023, international students applying for a visa must demonstrate they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs. This is a 17% increase from previous requirements and is aimed at reflecting the higher costs of living in Australia. The government aims to ensure that students are not driven to exploitative work due to financial pressures.
  3. Scrutiny of High-risk Cohorts: There will be increased scrutiny on prospective student groups that have historically submitted a high volume of fraudulent applications. The government is also considering using its powers under Section 97 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act) to issue suspension certificates to high-risk education providers, preventing them from recruiting international students.
  4. Empowering the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA): The ASQA will be given more powers to regulate those who manage, oversee, and control Registered Training Organizations (RTOs). RTO owners will have to comply with “Fit and Proper Person” Requirements to register and operate their businesses.
  5. Addressing the Issue of ‘Course Hopping’: The trend of “course hopping,” where students transfer to less expensive, private colleges, sometimes referred to as “ghost colleges,” is being addressed. This trend has been facilitated by students obtaining two COEs (Confirmations of Enrolment) on the same visa.
  6. Phasing Out Subclass 408 Visa: The government is planning to phase out the subclass 408 “Covid-19 pandemic event” visa, which has allowed approximately 100,000 international students to transition into a full-time work visa with minimal oversight.

Impact and Intentions

These regulatory changes are a response to concerns about students being enticed away from prestigious universities into lower-fee courses that may not meet educational standards. The Australian government’s focus is to safeguard both domestic and international students, ensuring access to reputable educational institutions. These regulations are also part of efforts to maintain the significant contributions of international students to the Australian economy.

Conclusion

With these strict new regulations, Australia aims to protect the interests of students and uphold its status as a leading destination for world-class education. By targeting international visa scams, the government is proactively ensuring that students are not misled by deceptive schemes offering substandard education at lower costs.

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