US Extends Interview Waiver for Students; Australia Announces New Visa Opportunities

US Extends Interview Waiver for Students; Australia Announces New Visa Opportunities

Note From the Editor


The year 2022 has been a rollercoaster ride for the international education sector. We started the year pretty much unsure of the future as COVID-19 cases were still on the rise back then and strict travel restrictions were in place. Some 12 months later, borders are already open and international student enrollment figures are up. Although things have considerably improved from one year ago, we must face 2023 still with cautious optimism as we hope for a better year ahead. From the staff of MSM Reporter, we wish you all a joyous, meaningful, and healthy new year.


US Extends Interview Waiver for International Students, Temporary Workers

More non-immigrant visa applicants, including international students and some temporary workers, are now eligible for the interview waiver facility offered by the United States. Moreover, the interview waiver authorities were able to free up in-person interviews for other applicants who require an interview. Hence, the wait periods for visa appointments at numerous embassies and consulates have decreased.

The Economic Times

International Students in Canada Get Help From Campuses and Colleagues To Keep Holiday Spirits Alive

In Canada, winter activities are held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, to connect with international students who may feel isolated or detached from their families during their holiday time off. As part of the initiative, faculty members organize gatherings for students, such as movie nights, tea parties, and Christmas dinner parties, so that they can share holiday traditions.


Pak-UK Education Gateway Launched

To strengthen cooperation between the higher education sectors of Pakistan and the UK, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and British Council Pakistan have launched the Pak-UK Education Gateway program. Through this program, universities from the UK and Pakistan will collaborate to build connections between their countries’ higher education systems.

The News

Finland’s D Visa To Accelerate Entry of Students & Researchers With Residence Permits

Students, researchers, corporate executives, and their families will be able to enter Finland on long-term D visas, according to the Ministry of Interior, Labour, and Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the release, the new measures are intended to simplify the immigration process and significantly support work-based immigration and education.

Schengen Visa News

New Visa Opportunities for Indian Skilled Migrants, International Students and Visitors in Australia

Overseas workers and aspiring foreign students from India who seek greener pastures in Australia received good news recently as new visa opportunities were announced. Beginning Thursday, 29 December, the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA) will go into effect. The AI-ECTA is expected to open new work-based migration pathways for international students, skilled migrants, and even visitors.


51% of International Students in Czechia Were Women in 2021

A little more than half of the foreign students in the Czech Republic were women, said a report released by the Czech Statistical Office. Although the number of women studying at Czech universities slightly decreased by 0.8 since 2012, overall data gathered from the Ministry of Education show a total of 304,073 students. Meanwhile, the number of international students enrolled for the 2020/21 academic year increased by 17.1 percent.


Study Abroad: Why Are Indian Students Surpassing Chinese Nationals Going to US, UK?

India and China have been the top senders of foreign students to the United States and the United Kingdom. In a recent report released by the UK, India has surpassed China in terms of having the largest group of overseas students. Based on the data from Immigration Statistics Report, 127,731 visas were given to Indian students in September 2022 while 116,476 visas were granted to Chinese students.

The Indian Express

Over 600,000 Chose To Study Abroad in 2022

According to data presented by the Union Education Department in Rajya Sabha, over 600,000 Indian students went abroad this year to pursue higher education. This year until the end of November, there were about 646,000 students who went overseas while over 444,000 students went to study abroad in 2021.

Hindustan Times

Mumbai: More Than 15 Italian Universities Pitch Opportunities to Students

The first-ever Study in Italy event in India was conducted by Uni-Italia in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai. This was joined by 15 Italian universities presenting what they can offer for students in the fields of art, design, architecture, medicine, and others.  

The Free Press Journal

5 International Education Trends To Watch in 2023

The education sector has undergone significant changes in terms of technology and digitization in recent time. With the help of smart classes and online certifications, it performed a remarkable job of bridging the numerous knowledge gaps. But what are the education trends to watch out for in 2023?

India Today

Class of 2023: 5 Best Countries for International Students

Higher education is one of the biggest steps an international student can take toward a better future. In turn, choosing the right course in the right institution is extremely crucial if students are planning to study abroad. To make the process easier, Keystone Team has listed the 5 best countries to study abroad in 2023 to help students on their path to success. 


Best in Class: How Dubai Is Attracting Students From Around the World

Dubai attracts global students from all over the world with its more than 60 international university campuses and colleges. Promoting itself as a hub for research and development, Dubai has also drawn prominent research and development institutions including the Johns Hopkins University, AstroLabs, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Google for Entrepreneurs partner network.


Featured Institution - University of Oregon

The University of Oregon (UO) is well known for its dedication to education and research capabilities. It is one of only two universities in the Pacific Northwest chosen to join the elite Association of American Universities, a grouping of 65 top public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.


The UO offers more than 300 undergraduate programs and more than 80 graduate subject areas. Their highly ranked programs include anthropology, biology, comparative literature, geography, earth sciences, physics, psychology, sustainable design, and special education.

University of Oregon

Featured Program - Bachelor of Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) degree program prepares students to meet the challenges and opportunities facing today’s technical graduates. Flexible and timely programs prepare you for the working world with options for structuring your degree based on personal career goals. CBU’s BET program is designed to be flexible. Two, three, and four-year programs are available, with opportunities to study some areas via distance.

Cape Breton University

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