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Australia

  1. Australia’s interstate borders are now fully open for the first time in 12 months. (As on March 15; source: news.com.au)
  2. Australia begins vaccination drive – Prime Minister Scott Morrison is one of the first Australians to receive the coronavirus vaccine alongside a small group of aged care residents and staff and frontline pandemic workers. Also, the authorities target to vaccinate all the people in the country by October. (As on February 22, 2021; source: Business Standard
  3. Australia has received its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment — with frontline workers set to begin getting shots as early as next week. (As on February 15, 2021; source: Business Insider
  4. The first 140,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Australia, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced today. After testing, the rollout of the vaccine is tipped to begin as soon as Monday next week. (As on February 15, 2021; source: Business Insider
  5. The COVID-19 vaccination will be free for all Medicare-eligible Australians and all visa-holders, including student visa holders (subclass 500). (As on January 27, 2021; source: Australian COVID-19 vaccination policy)
  6. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine- Comirnaty, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia. (As on January 25; source: Australian Government)
  7. As per the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a COVID-19 vaccine rollout is being brought forward to mid to late February. (As on Jan 7; source: The Canberra Times)
  8. As per the announcement, the Victorian Government is working closely with the Federal Government and the sector to welcome international students back to Victoria from early 2021. (Source: International education short-term recovery plan 2020-21 report)
  1. The Australian Government has invested more than $3.3 billion in five separate agreements to strengthen the country's healthcare position and provide access to safe and effective vaccines when they become available. (As on November 26; source: Australian Government)
  2. The five agreements include investments in the vaccines developed by the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca, University of Queensland/CSL, Novavax, Pfizer/BioNTech and for the setup of COVAX Facility. (As on November 26; source: Australian Government)
  3. Up till now, an international student needed to be present onshore for 16 months to be eligible for PSW. However, now authorities have permitted online studies, as long as the student holds a student visa and meeting other conditions. *
  4. The government has provided a Visa Application Charges (VAC) free visa for those who already hold a student visa and could not complete their current study in time.  A NIL VAC is available to students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 but couldn’t complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19. *
  5. For studies to be counted towards Post Study Work visa eligibility, the Australian Study requirements (ASR) requires a student to study a CRICOS-registered course. International students must successfully complete all course requirements as a result of at least two academic years (92 weeks) study to be eligible for a visa. *
  6. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel. (As on July 23)
  7. International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19. (As on July 23)

Important updates on Australia by experts

19-11-2021

Updates from The Australian National University: Live session by our destination expert, Ms. Apoorva Lakhotia, Asst. Manager-Australia, Mr. Aqeeb Akram, Deputy Manager, International Marketing and Student Recruitment,The Australian National University and Ms. Chloe Zhang, Deputy Manager - Intl, Student Recruitment and Partnerships

11-04-2021

Important update for Indian School Leavers: Live session by Ms. Nicole Patterson, Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Study Queensland, Ms. Ramya Modukuri, Manthan International School, College and Career Advisor, Mr. Sagar Bahadur, Principal Adviser, The university of Queensland

18-03-2021

Latest developments: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Disha Bisht, Senior Manager-Australia with Mr. Suresh Cuganesan, Associate Dean, Sydney Business School and Ms. Chandani Thirumalai, Current Student, University of Western Australia

17-03-2021

Think like a scientist: Live session by our destination expert, Ms. Tania Arora, Manager- Client Relations-New Zealand & Strategic Alliances and Dr. Gurpreet Singh, Director, South Asia, Prof. Chris Scarlett, Assistant Dean Transnational Education, College of Engineering, Science and Environment, Dr. Liam Phelan Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Science, The University of Newcastle

01-03-2021

On-campus life in Australia is back to normal: Live session by Mr. Pranjal Choudury, a student of Master of Engineering at The University of Wollongong, Australia

14-01-2021

Opportunities in different Australian states for international students: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Rohit Sharma, Senior Manager-Australia, Mr. Jamal Qureshi, Director of Education- South Asia, Government of Western Australia, Ms. Neha Diwan, Business Manager, International Marketing, Study Adelaide, South Australia, Ms. Annie Helen Santhana, Regional Director- Education, State Government of Victoria and Ms. Virginia Lee, Associate Director, Trade, Study NSW

 

Canada

  1. The federal government is suspending incoming passenger flights from India for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in the country.(As on April 22; source: The Canadian Press)
  2. Ottawa is creating a new pathway to permanent residency for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently in Canada. The new policy will grant permanent status to temporary workers and graduates who possess the skills and experience the country needs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve economic recovery. (As on April 14; source: CTV News)
  3. Some Canadian universities plan to return to in-person classes this fall. This return depends partially on the public health authority and on institution’s administration. (As on March 14)
  4. Under the current travel restrictions, international students can come to Canada if their institution has a COVID-19 readiness plan. (As on March 14)
  5. Studies completed outside Canada up to December 31, 2021, will count towards a future PGWP, and international students are now allowed to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP. (As on February 12; source: Government of Canada)
  6. These temporary changes apply to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program and meet all other PGWP criteria. (As on February 12; source: Government of Canada)
  7. Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat are suspending all flights to “sun” destinations such as the Caribbean w.e.f January 31. Besides, these measures will be in place until April 30. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  8. Starting next week, all international flights can only land in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  9. Incoming air travellers will need to take COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and will need to stay in a hotel designated by the federal government at their own expense for three days while awaiting test results. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  10. If the test result is negative, international travellers will then need to quarantine at home for a total quarantine period of 14 days (three days at the hotel plus eleven days at home). Those who report a positive test result will need to stay at a designated government facility. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  1. Travel to Canada from the US and other countries has been regulated since March and is subject to monthly extensions. The current bans on foreign and U.S. non-essential travel are in effect until at least February 21, 2021. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  2. A number of people are exempted from these travel restrictions, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents, certain temporary foreign workers, certain international students, or immediate and extended family members of Canadians, among others. (As on February 4; source: CIC News
  3. If you apply to extend your work permit before it expires, you can legally stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application. (As on December 31; source: Government of Canada)
  4. W.e.f 20 November 2020, visa applicants can start scheduling limited appointments for biometric enrollments at the Canadian Visa Applications Centres in six cities – Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru. (As on November 20; source: VFS Global)
  5. W.e.f 25 November 2020, visa applicants who have submitted applications for study permits (SP) can begin scheduling limited appointments for biometric enrollments at Canada Visa Applications Centres at Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. (As on November 20; source: VFS Global)
  6. W.e.f 02 December 2020, Canada visa applicants who have submitted applications for student (SP) category can enroll biometrics at Canada Visa Applications Centres in six cities – Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru. (As on November 20; source: VFS Global)
  7. Students can enter Canada if their DLI has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place, this change to travel restrictions affects all international students regardless of where they are travelling from or when their study permit was approved. (As on October 22; source: IRCC)
  8. Any student with a valid visa can travel to Canada provided their institution is approved with COVID-19 readiness plan. (As on October 22; source: IRCC)

Important updates on Canada by experts

 19-03-2021

Explore exciting opportunities to study in Canada: Panel discussion hosted by our destination expert Mr. Rahul Kumar, Associate Director-Canada with Ms. Sonia Takkar, Director-Student Recruitment, South Asia & MENA, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Dr Chrish Anstead, Dean of Business, Georgian, ILAC, Mr. Milan Petrovich, Vice-President, ILAC

17-03-2021

Explore living on-campus in residence at the Western University: Live session by Ms. Amriah M, Saugeen Maitland Hall Soph and Residents, Council President 2018-19, Western University

12-03-2021

Explore the Faculty of information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University, Canada: Live session by Prof. Lisa Henderson, Dean, Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies

10-03-2021

Explore engineering programs at Western University, Canada: Live session by Mr. Ken Coley, Dean, Western Engineering, Western University, Canada

03-03-2021

Planning to study in Canada? Live session by Ms. Kate Russell, International Recruitment Officer, Western University, Canada

New Zealand

  1. Education New Zealand is inviting organisations to host international New Zealand Education Centres, as part of ENZ’s New Zealand Global Education Pathways initiative. The centres will deliver education programmes for students progressing onto further study with New Zealand education providers, and act as pathways for greater education, cultural and diplomatic engagement between New Zealand and partner countries. (As on April 13; source: ENZ Government)
  2. The centres will receive support from New Zealand universities, ENZ design and marketing packages, and have opportunities to host events, promotions, and student mobility activities. (As on April 13; source: ENZ Government)
  3. Immigration New Zealand has created new checklists for international students to use when preparing their student visa application. Thus, applicants should use the appropriate checklist to make sure they provide the right documents and evidence to support their student visa application. (As on March 19;source: Immigration New Zealand)
  4. International students are eligible for free, public healthcare if they think they have COVID-19. In case of cold or flu-like symptoms, they can call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested.(As on February 23, 2021; source: ENZ Government)
  5. International students, as temporary visa holders, will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as part of New Zealand's national vaccine programme. The roll-out will focus on border workers first, with the rest of New Zealand expected to receive a vaccine later in the year. (As on February 23, 2021; source: ENZ Government)
  6. Some countries require travellers to confirm a negative COVID-19 test before they leave New Zealand. Students who require a test prior to departure can organise this through Healthline or their GP, but they will need to pay for it. (As on February 23, 2021; source: ENZ Government)
  7. Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) welcomes the minister's announcement allowing border exceptions for up to 1,000 bachelors degree-level (or higher) international students to return to complete their study, saying it signals New Zealand’s commitment to international education. (As on January 13; source: ENZ Government)
  8. To be eligible students must hold or have held a valid visa to study in 2020 and have studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 towards their current qualification and be returning to complete their study with their current provider. (As on January 13; source: ENZ Government)
  1. Education New Zealand and New Zealand’s eight universities have announced a new partnership with UK-based qualifications provider the University Consortium (NCUK) that will allow students from more than 30 countries to begin a New Zealand university qualification without leaving home. (As on Dec 14; source: ENZ Government)
  2. The pathways initiative enables international students to begin study in their home countries towards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at any of New Zealand’s eight universities. (As on Dec 14; source: ENZ Government)
  3. The Pathways partnership will help develop a pipeline of international students to study in New Zealand when the time is right. (As on Dec 14; source: ENZ Government)
  4. The Government announced that a new border exception category will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies. (As on October 12; source: Education New Zealand)
  5. Students who are outside New Zealand can study online without a visa. When New Zealand’s border restrictions are lifted, you can provide evidence of your online study to support your visa application (source: Immigration New Zealand)
  6. If you choose to study online in your home country first, you will still need to meet standard student visa requirements to be granted a student visa. These requirements include being a genuine student, having sufficient funds for maintenance, and being of good health and character (source: Immigration New Zealand)
  7. If you choose to study online in your home country first you will still need to meet the requirement to study in New Zealand to be eligible for a post-study work visa (source: Immigration New Zealand)

Important updates on New Zealand by experts

 20-04-2021

Masterclass on Microbiology of butter: Live session by our destination expert, Ms. Tania Arora, Manager- Client Relations-New Zealand & Strategic Alliances and Prof. Steve Flint, Professor of Food Safety and Microbiology & Team Leader Food Bioscience, Massey University

08-04-2021

Walk the Talk session with The University of Waikato: Live session by Ms, Anjana, an IDP student pursuing Masters of Business Management at The University of Waikato, New Zealand to give campus tour of the university along with the information for the foundation program to enter The University of Waikato

22-01-2021

Experience the campus-life of one of the finest New Zealand institutions – Victoria University of Wellington: Virtual campus tour by James Law, International Operations Coordinator, Wellington University International - International Recruitment & Business Development

The UK

  1. The new graduate route will be open to international students on 1 July 2021. This covers the international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelor’s degree level or above. (As on March 4,2021; source: UK Government)
  2. The graduate route will be unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required. (As on March 4,2021; source: UK Government)
  3. Coronavirus concessions for students unable to travel to the UK due to the pandemic have also been extended, recognising the continuing disruption many face due to international travel restrictions. (As on March 4,2021; source: UK Government)
  4. UK medicines regulator authorises first COVID-19 vaccine. (As on December 2; source: UK Government
  5. Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine meets the regulator’s strict standards of safety, efficacy and quality. (As on December 2; source: UK Government
  6. The vaccine to be made available across the UK to priority groups from next week. (As on December 2; source: UK Government
  7. International students are eligible for post-study work rights after graduation, even if they opt to take online classes to begin their 2021 academic session. (As on June 16; source: www.thepienews.com)
  1. The UK Home Office confirms that international students who are currently studying by distance/blended learning will be eligible to access the graduate immigration route, provided they should be in the UK by April 6, 2021 and complete their final semester there. (As on June 16; source: www.thepienews.com)
  2. Students stuck in the UK on expired visas will be regarded as overstayers and their visas will be extended till 31st May 2020. (As on Apr 3)
  3. Those who need to return to their home country for different category of visa will now be allowed to apply from the UK to switch including those whose leave has been extended. (As on Apr 3)
  4. Tier 4 students are now allowed to take distant learning courses, this will be treated as an exception. (As on Apr 3)  

Important updates on the UK by experts

26-04-2021

Future Urbanism: Live session by Ms. Anna Lyttle, International Student Recruitment Officer, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Ms. Laura Coucill Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Queen's University Belfast

24-04-2021

In conversation with Cardiff Metropolitan University on Food Science and Technology: Live session by Mr. Simon Dawson, Senior Lecturer, Food Science & Technology, Programme Director, MSc Food Science and Technology

20-04-2021

Decision Making under Uncertainty- Analytics meets Supply Chains: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Dr. Edilson F Arruda, Lecturer in Business Analytics and Management Sciences, Southampton Business School

19-04-2021

Postgraduate Biomedical Sciences at University of Westminster: Live session by Dr. Joan Liu, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, Dr. Adele McCormick , Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, Dr Tony Madgwick Principal Lecturer in Cellular Pathology, University of Westminster

12-04-2021

Artificial Intelligence in Shipping and Commercial Law at By Swansea University: Live session by Mr. Glyn James, Recruitment and Marketing Manager at Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University

09-04-2021

An overview of Blockchain and its applications: Live session by Prof. Ahmet Kondoz, Director, Institute of Digital Technologies and Dr. Yogachandran Rahulmathavan, Programme Director, MSc Cybersecurity and Data Analytics, Loughborough University London

07-04-2021

Study MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise at Durham University: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland, Ms. Iqra Khan, international officer, Durham university, Dr Miguel de lucas, Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences, Durham university and Mr. Bill Hoare, Regional manager, South Asia, Durham university

06-04-2021

What CFOs tells us about what is important in Finance”- By University of Nottingham: Live session by our destination experts Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland New Zealand and Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and  Dr. Amrit judge, Associate professor, finance, Nottingham university of business school

30-03-2021

Study in the UK-A destination full of opportunities: Live session by our destination experts Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland New Zealand and Mr. Richard Follett, Associate Vice President and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (International), University of Sussex

25-03-2021

The gig economy-A tool for sustainable entrepreneurship: Live session by our destination experts Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland New Zealand and Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Dr. Shahnaz Ibrahim, Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategy, and Innovation and Dr. Heli Helanummi Cole, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of South Hampton

23-03-2021

Advancing Gender Equity through Education: Live session by our destination experts Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Ms. Ann Stewart, Professor of Law, University of Warwick

22-03-2021

Cyber Security-A road to the future: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Mr. Paul Holborow. International Student Recruitment Officer, Swansea University

19-03-2021

Study in the UK – A destination full of opportunities: Live session y our destination expert Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland New Zealand and Ms. Rachel Sandison, Vice-Principal (External Relations), University of Glasgow, UK

15-03-2021

An introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Arjun Sharma, Asst. Manager-UK and Prof. Ahmet Kandoz, Director, Institute of Digital Technologies and Dr. Varun De Silva, Program Director, MSc Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.

10-03-2021

Quantum Computing, The world’s most incredible machines: Live session with Prof. Winfried Hensinger, Quantum Technologies, University of Sussex

08-03-2021

All about living in the UK: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Ms. Jisa Mithun, IDP alumni and a student at the University of Surrey, UK

05-03-2021

Taster session on Tourism during the Pandemic & Introduction to Strategic Marketing with Nottingham University Business School, UK: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland, Dr. Carol X. Zhang, Course Director, MSc International Tourism Management and Marketing and Dr. Anastasios Pagiaslis, Assistant Professor in Marketing, Nottingham University Business School

02-03-2021

Know how to make an impressive application in UK’s prestigious King’s College London: Live session by our destination expert Mr. Anurag Srivastava, Senior Manager-UK and Ireland and Ms. Dolan Mitra, International Student Recruitment Manager, Kings’s College London

23-02-2021

A current student's guide to the University of Sussex: Live session by Ms. Mishal Alice Mathews, a student of Social Development at the University of Sussex, to hear her talk about her journey to the University and her experience with IDP so far

19-02-2021

Know more about Institute of Technology Carlow: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Jyotsna Singh, Asst. Manager-UK and Ireland with current students and faculty

The US

  1. With regards to the COVID-19 situation, all routine services at the US consulate General Chennai are cancelled from April 26 to May 15th, including non-immigrant visa interview appointments, interview waiver appointments and routine American Citizen services appointments. (As on April 26)
  2. All U.S. Embassy New Delhi’s in-person visa appointments and interview waiver appointments are cancelled from April 26-May 9 in light of current pandemic conditions. (As on April 22)
  3. Large numbers of US consulates around the world are not processing visas, leading to serious concerns from stakeholders that international students won’t be able to reach campuses for the fall 2021 semester. (As on April 22; source: The Pie News)
  4. Indian students can now enroll in their desired US universities for the Fall semester of 2021 since the US Embassy in Delhi is prioritising student visa applicants to ensure they travel to the US in time for the start of their semester in August-September. (As on April 09; source: The Times of India)
  5. According to the announcement by President Joe Biden on April 6, all U.S. adults to become eligible for coronavirus vaccine to April 19, which is nearly two weeks sooner than the initial goal of May 1. (Source: USA Today)
  6. According to Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. Now Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritised and processed in accordance with the guidance of the existing phased resumption of visa services. (As on April 1; source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  7. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee. (As on April 1; source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  8. On February 26, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will offer additional flexibility to international students affected by the delayed issuance of receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. (As on March 13; source: The National Law Review)
  9. USCIS aims to resolve the issues affecting its processing capabilities, given the same the agency announced the following policy changes for Form I-765 OPT applications received on or after October 1, 2020, through May 1, 2021: (As on March 13; source: The National Law Review)
    • “14-month OPT period flexibilities,” ensuring that students are able to obtain the full amount of OPT time requested (not to exceed 12 months);
    • “refiling following the rejection,” treating refiled applications as filed on the originally received dates; and
    • “missing or deficient signatures,” changing policy so Form I-765 applications received with missing or deficient signatures will be issued requests for evidence instead of denials.
  10. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it would provide for greater flexibility for students to complete their optional training program (OPT) after they graduate on account of delays in processing applications. (As on March 01,2021; source: Economic Times)
  11. The 14-month period will now commence on the date of the approval of Form I- 765 which is the application for post-completion OPT for applications filed between October 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021. (As on March 01,2021; source: Economic Times)
  1. Spouses of non-immigrant workers (such as H1-B visa holders) will be authorised to work as per the bill released by the Biden government.  (As on February 19,2021; source: The Times of India)
  2. The current restrictive conditions w.r.t employment authorisation program will not apply. (As on February 19,2021; source: The Times of India
  3. Beginning February 1, 2021, U.S. Embassy New Delhi will resume limited processing of all visa categories, including student visas (As on January 23; source: NDTV news
  4. Northeastern became one of the first universities in the US to administer COVID-19 vaccines. (As on Jan 11; source: Northeastern University News)
  5. Now international students won't be facing any problems with regards to the student visa appointments and can try to apply for the visa in another district that has available appointments (As on Dec 29; source: US embassy India Facebook page)
  6. The US court struck down two Trump administration rules that were designed to significantly curtail the number of H-1B visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. (As on December 2; source: The Hindu)  
  7. As per the announcement by the Hyderabad International Airport, National carrier Air India would fly non-stop from Hyderabad to Chicago (USA) from January 15. (As on December 9; source: Hindustan Times)
  8. If the student is pursuing an online course from the university, it would be advisable to seek new I-20 for Winter/ Spring 2021. Also, it is important to apply as early as possible, which should within 120 days of course commencement date (As on August 26)
  9. International students who are not able to find the appointment date they can book an emergency appointment depending on the date of course commencement. (As on August 26)
  10. An international student needs to carry the I-20, SEVIS, DS-160 Confirmation page and visa appointment page for their visa. But, rest all the academic and financial documents would remain the same. (As on August 26)
  11. Some universities would also be willing to give extension in case you plan to join them on the date of course commencement. Check with your IDP counsellor for the same. (As on August 26)
  12. International students would be quarantined once they reach the US. For the same, they should check with their respective universities as some of the universities have bought rooms in the nearby hotels so that students quarantine themselves. (As on August 26)
  13. To travel it is important for international students during pre or post-booking their tickets to call the airlines and check whether you as a student travelling to the US would be allowed to fly (As on August 26)
  14. Some of the universities are offering free COVID -19 testing for students and the result for the same is shared in two days. Hence, there is a possibility post the testing student might not be asked to quarantine. (As on August 26)
  15. The decision regarding whether an individual is eligible to receive an F or M visa will be made by the U.S. Department of State and not by SEVP. (As on August 7; source: Ice.gov)
  16. New or initial nonimmigrant students who intend to pursue a full course of study online will likely not be able to obtain an F-1 or M-1 visa to study in the United States. (As on August 7; source: Ice.gov)

Important updates on the US by experts

27-04-2021

Navigate your path to achieve a successful business degree at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School: Live session by Dr. Stephen Rapier, Asst Prof Marketing, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, Mr. Kyle Hayles, Recruitment adviser, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, Ms. Anise Smith, Recruitment adviser, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Ms. Krishma Peshwani, Specialist, People Solutions Group

14-04-2021

Why it’s a best plan to do Undergraduate from USA with Queens College City University New York: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Mr. Vikrant Vashisht, Student Recruitment Manager – India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Navitas, Mr. Anshuman Dabas, Student Recruitment Manager, Navitas and Mr. Blake Egbert, Assistant Marketing Director, Queens College

09-04-2021

Steps and procedure to apply for a student visa in the US: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA

01-04-2021

Plan your studies with University of Massachusetts Boston, USA: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Mr. Vikrant Vashisht, Student Recruitment Manager – India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Navitas, Mr. Anshuman Dabas, Student Recruitment Manager, Navitas and Mr. Ella Mo, Assistant Marketing Director, University of Massachusetts Boston, Navitas GSSP

26-03-2021

Step up and build your career in USA with the University of New Haven- STEM MBA: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Mr. Brian T. Kench, Dean, Pompea College of Business, University of New Haven and Ms. Ranjana Maitra, Country Head, University of New Haven

19-03-2021

Why 2021 is the right time to study in U.S: Live session by our Ms. Dharma Naik, Associate Director-US and Mr. Ryan Fleming, CR Director- US, IDP USA

16-03-2021

What is FinTech and how is it disrupting the Finance sector? Live session by Prof. Mike Buckle, Director of the Hawkes Centre for Empirical Finance, Deputy Head of the Accounting & Finance Department, School of Management, Swansea University

12-03-2021

Know about the difference between Cybersecurity, Computer Science and Information Technology: Live session by our destination experts Ms. Yukti Jaswal, Senior Manager-USA and Mr. Jay Bunner Sorg, Program Director, Cybersecurity and Information Technology, Full Sail University

11-03-2021

Plan your studies in the USA with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Ms. Anita Pandey, Product manager, Study Group India

09-03-2021

How to choose the degrees of the future in STEM with University of North Texas: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Ms. Fraheen Memon, Regional Manager, South Asia, University of North Texas and Mr. Pieter Vermeulen, International Recruitment, University of North Texas

12-02-2021

Know more about popular programs, requirements, and scholarship opportunities at DePaul University: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Dr. Gretchen Frickx, Director, DePaul University and Ms. Shivani Bhasin, Product Manager, Study Group-DePaul University

04-02-2021

Know more about popular programs, requirements, and scholarship opportunities at Saint Louis University: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Dipannita Biswas, Assistant Manager, Client Relations- USA in conversation with Mr. Eric S. Armbrecht, Professor - School of Medicine, Saint Louis University

Ireland

  1. Based on the announcement by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science- postgraduate students who successfully complete their programmes remotely this summer will be eligible to apply for a stay back visa – the Third level Graduate scheme (1G). Thereby, international students currently studying postgraduate programmes remotely due to COVID-19 can apply for a stay back visa once they have successfully completed their course in the summer of 2021 and provide the following documentation to the Department of Justice. (As on March 01, 2021, source: inis.gov.ie)
  2. All travellers into Ireland, coming from anywhere except Northern Ireland, must:
    • Complete a Passenger Locator form  (As on January 16, source: gov.ie)
    • Provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Ireland (As on January 16, source: gov.ie)
  3. As per the Guidelines by Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Higher Education Institutes in Ireland will operate within the parameters of public health and safety advice at all times.
  4. All international students have free access to the Irish healthcare system for treatment related to COVID-19.
  5. All International students irrespective of planning for online course or physical course will require a study visa.
  6. As per guidelines laid by the Irish Government, you will be required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before you arrive in Ireland and submit it at the airport.
  7. Once you reach Ireland, you will be required to restrict your movement for 14 days. 'Restricted Movement' is different from ‘Self-Isolation’ and ‘Quarantine’. It means:
    •  Avoid using public transport
    •  Avoid visiting others or having visitors
    • Avoid meeting face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19 (older people, pregnant women, people with long-term illness)
    • Do not go to the shop unless absolutely necessary. You must wear a face mask if going to the shop for grocery or essentials such as SIM card
    • If you are sharing an apartment, please minimise sharing and remain in the same household pod for the 14 days
    •  You can still exercise outdoors by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres distance from others
  8. Concerning COVID-19, following discussions were held by the Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills (Dublin Business School, Ireland) on the operation of the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme (TLGPS)/ Graduate stay back option:
    • On the once-off basis, international students who were about to commence their program from September will have to now complete the first semester online while the rest of the study program can be completed on-campus
    • International students who returned to their home country and opted for the online mode to complete their studies and exams, are now eligible to apply for the scheme and receive an award from the university on the once-off basis (As on May 26)
  1. The above 2 points are strictly one-off arrangements as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and subject to the usual criteria of the programme:
    • International students who intend to study for the full year with the university through online mode will not be allowed to avail the programme (As on May 26)

Important updates on Ireland by experts

18-03-2021

Next generation leaders: Opportunities for Business graduates in Ireland: Live session by our destination experts Mr. Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director-UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Dr. Colette Darcy, Dean - School of Business & Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, National College of Ireland

12-03-2021

Learn about Cloud Computing: Live session by our destination expert Ms. Jyotsna Singh, Asst. Manager-UK and Ireland with Dr. Horacio González-Vélez, Associate Professor and Founding Head of The Cloud Competency Centre, National College of Ireland

26-02-2021

Skills, Employability and Career: Live session by UCD’s (University College Dublin) career team- Ms. Lorraine Woods, Regional Manager, South Asia and Mr. Mark Cumisky, UCD Career and skills consultant

25-02-2021

Get to know more about Ireland’s University of the Year, Dublin City University: Live session by Mr. Colum Cronin, Senior International officer, International student recruitment, Dublin City University about Ireland’s capital city, top courses, scholarships, career opportunities, post-study work rights and much more.

Updated on April 30, 2021

Uncertain times need extraordinary measures. We want you to know that IDP is still working with the same enthusiasm to help you achieve your goals. To make this happen, we’ve taken several initiatives to ensure you keep driven to achieve your goals!

Student placement

Virtual counselling
To make it more convenient for you, we also offer free virtual counselling sessions online. As always, all our counselling sessions are free, and we are committed to ensuring that you have access to the right information, support and care.

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Virtual fairs
You can join our virtual fairs easily using your mobile phones, desktops or laptops. These events offer free online pre-counselling with our international education experts, one-on-one interaction with representatives of top institutions and an opportunity to apply on-the-spot to your desired institution. You can also discuss your scholarship and internship options, get all your study abroad queries answered and avail application fee waivers too. Show me all virtual events

Social media live sessions
Our study abroad and destination experts frequently hold live insightful sessions frequently on Instagram and Facebook to address your queries. They touch upon the latest international education updates in destination s like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the US.

Institution sessions
In these sessions, we invite representatives to talk about their respective institutions, teaching methodologies and other important information that you might be seeking to make a well-informed decision. 

            

 

 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

While you are home, we wanted to ensure that your IELTS test preparation is not affected, and hence, we came up with a bunch of resources to help you ace your test. So make use of these free resources to get a higher band in your IELTS test.

Inside IELTS: Free online course for IELTS Academic
This course helps you explore the skills you need for IELTS Academic and understand how are these assessed. It will also help identify your strengths and needs in relation to the test besides assessing your specific abilities in order to find ways to improve. Enrol me now

Free practice tests
While at home, you can practice mock tests to experience how questions in a real test would be like. Listening Tests | Academic Writing and Reading Tests | General Training Reading and Writing Tests

30-day free prep course
This is a free course for those registered and covers all four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. This program helps you prepare for the entire test or you can simply focus on your weakest IELTS skill. Know more

Familiarisation tests
It always better to go well-prepared. Familiarise yourself with the test format so you know what to expect on the test day. Take the familiarisation test

Videos from experts and top scorers
Our YouTube channel is full of videos by experts on tips to improve your IELTS score. You can also listen to experiences of other test takers and know what helped them score a high band. Watch now

Ask IDP

Which is a better destination for job opportunities, UK or Ireland?
by Shwetha
The UK is already an established hub for world-leading organisations but Ireland is rapidly rising as a world leader too.
How do I apply for a Doctorate degree?
by kamini
To apply for a Doctorate, you need to provide a research proposal to the university supervisor/ faculty with publications in your area.
Is it advisable to pursue law studies in the UK?
by Pavithraa
Yes, you can apply for a Law Program from a UK University that is recognized by Bar Council of India.

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