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Yocket and Leap Finance present a one-stop-shop for ALL the official updates on COVID-19’s impact on international education. Keep checking this page daily to get updates from all the stakeholders of the industry - Universities, Test organizations, Consulates, and Financial Institutions. If you have any updates, share in the comments.
We are doing all the hard work to bring the information under one roof so you don’t have to. And never forget. We are in this together! This article is put together, updated, and edited by Sangramjith Mukherjee, a Fall'20 student at Illinois Institute of Technology.
(Updated whenever huge news comes, by 10 pm IST)
September 11th, 2020
UK's student route and chid student route starts from October 5th'2020
The UK had announced that there would be a change in the immigration route in the first half of 2021. Instead, aspirants applying for a visa for January intake also have to go through the point-based system as the changes have been preponed.
August 28th, 2020
IRCC in Canada introduces new guidelines to make PSWP more flexible
The new rules for students in Canada are that if a student's program is 8-12 months long can complete the entire course online and still be eligible for a post-study work permit, a student's program if longer than that can take up online class till April 30, 2021, and complete at least 50% of their course in Canada will have no reduction in their PSWP's duration. Any student who has taken a course in between May-September 2020 can study online till 30th April'21 and who graduate from more than one eligible program can combine the length of the programs together when applying for PSWP.
August 26th, 2020
Many vacant Research positions in universities with stipend and tuition fee waiver due to COVID
Universities like University of Oklahoma has many vacancies in GA, RA, and TA due to COVID. Students are being offered stipend worth $28,000/year and a full tuition waiver.
August 25th, 2020
More Ph.D. students funded in the UK?
UK has been trying to attract global talent from all around the world for a while now. Hence, UK Research and Innovation have come up with modified guidelines that will fund more postgraduate Ph.D. students from the academic year 2021-22. This will certainly boost their attractiveness to global talent.
August 21st, 2020
UKCISA reaches out to the UK Govt. to improve the international sector
UKCISA had outlined 15 steps to make UK "the world’s most attractive destination for international students", for which it asked the UK Govt. for help. UKCISA requests the UK Govt. to review the fee status changes made for EU/EEA/Swiss sector, prioritize student visas as soon as VACs open, and delay the transition period towards the initial period of 2022.
August 20th, 2020
Would Indian students be considered for the pilot scheme of Australia to bring back International students?
With many uncertainties hovering over our head, South Australian Govt. said that it will be based on Course requirements, study streams where face to face and practical learning or placements are necessary to be completed, and location of the International students when the Pandemic hit. It's not finalized where these shortlisted students will come from, India has the highest number of international students after China in Australia.
August 19th, 2020
Germany offers free COVID testing to returning students and travelers
Germany has started to offer free COVID testing at the airport for returning students and travelers. However, they still might have to quarantine themselves for 14 days. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said, traveler can avail it up to 3 days of their arrival.
August 18th, 2020
75 US Senators and members of Congress signed a letter to allow the new online Overseas students to enter the US
A letter was signed by 75 US Senators and members of Congress to provide more room for the new International students. This letter was sent to the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf. This letter stated to revise the old ban posed on International Students whose coursework is 100% online wouldn't be able to enter the US. Thus, helping the new International Students of Fall'20.
Australia to welcome new 300 overseas students to South Australia
Australia's trade minister, Simon Birmingham announced that there will be a new pilot program to bring 300 International students in South Australia.
August 17th, 2020
VFS Global offices open as visa services resume
Visa services for Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Germany, etc have started. Hence, vfs global offices open in India.
August 14th, 2020
US Consulates in India will be processing student and academic exchange visitor visa applications
US Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata will function and process Student and Academic Exchange Visitor Visa applications on 17th August'20. This is not the start of routine services. However, emergency student and exchange visitor appointment requests received prior to August 12 will be processed. After which it will be open to public appointments.
Trump Administration removes the H-1B visa ban with some requirements
On June 22nd, Trump Administration passed a proclamation to suspend entry to most of the non-immigrants on either H-1B, H-2B, J, or L1 visa. The ban is now lifted for H-1B as well as L1 visa holders if the visa holder is resuming work with the same employer. They can now return back to the United States. This includes their spouse and family as well.
August 13th, 2020
Expedited Appointment for US F1 visas to start soon
Soon you will be able to apply for an expedited appointment for US F1 Visa. An applicant can have only 1 expedited application for F1 Visa and who qualifies the requirements for the same.
VFS offices opening for France student visas from 17th August
Banglore and Hyderabad have confirmed that their VFS visa offices are opening for France student visas from 17th August and other cities will open soon as well.
August 12th, 2020
India has self-assured to be the largest study market soon
In 2019, there were 753,000 Indian students studying abroad according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. China has been the leading study market from where students are going abroad to study to date. But soon India will take over as the stats and numbers in the survey conducted by Janaka Pushpanathan, director South India at British Council, explains only rise or a constant number of students wanting to look for a destination to study beyond India.
August 10th, 2020
Canada considering to allow International students back on-campus from September
IRCC and Canadian Govt. explained they will be considering to allow international students back from September if their accommodation is secured safely and with all health protocols.
August 7th, 2020
UK Autumn'20 Intake going ahead as planned
Universities in the UK are still moving ahead with the September/October intake with a mixture of online and on-campus courses (blended course) as it was scheduled earlier.
New Zealand suspends issuance of Student Visas from 10th August'20
Due to the Pandemic, New Zealand has decided to temporarily suspend all temporary visas issuance including student visa for a 3 month period.
August 6th, 2020
International Students were barred to travel to Canada by the airlines
Some days back Canada revised its rules to not allowing International students to come to Canada due to the Corona situation and only priority/special urgent cases are allowed. But many Indian International students bought flight tickets and were still barred from entering by the airlines.
Yocket's take: We request and urge the students to not fall for hearsay and keep a track of the new rules and its modifications coming into play. Remember it'll all be fine very soon, all of this is just because of the Pandemic and we all are in this together. We need to stay strong.
August 5th, 2020
Many Universities are starting with their online classes this Fall'20
Finally, after so many twists and curls for the higher education sector, the month is here where most of the Universities have their orientation program and start their classes. Many Universities have confirmed and are starting their online classes either mid august or August-end.
August 4th, 2020
Hong Kong creates transferrable credits for students who already have got admits from foreign Universities
Due to the Pandemic as students are not able to travel abroad for their education. Hong Kong launches the new 2020 Visiting Student Scheme to let the admitted Undergraduate students in foreign Universities study in Hong Kong and the credits obtained could be transferrable tp their admitted school, provided it follows the HKU's admission requirements.
August 3rd, 2020
UK provides a month of visa extension for International Students in the country
Any foreign International student whose visa expired in between 24th January'20 - 31st July'20 has been given an extension till 31st August'20 to plan the travel to their home country or do the necessary formalities to stay back in the UK.
July 31st, 2020
France gives free COVID test to students coming from 16 countries and plans to start the coming academic year as planned
France Govt. has announced that people coming in from 16 countries ( Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Panama, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America) will be asked to take the COVID test for free in all the airports across France. Some Universities are planning to reopen as planned for eg. HEC Paris (one of the top MBA schools) planning to have students as scheduled from 31st August'20 onwards.
July 30th, 2020
Canada's updated rules back to not allowing International students to come to Canada
Canada was allowing International students to enter the country who have a valid visa prior to March 10th. However, the updated rules suggest that anyone foreign national can't enter Canada if the purpose of travel is optional or discretionary. Studying in Canada comes under the category of optional or discretionary.
Yocket's Take: You need to wait what the IRCC has to offer next in the coming days. The information would be crucial, keep an eye on this blog and IRCC's official website.
July 29th, 2020
Australia confirms that the new International Students taking online classes also satisfy the requirements for the post-study work permit
In the first half of July, Australia modified its rules wherein current International Students' duration studying in Australian Universities online will be counted towards Post-Study Work Permit. This rule now includes new International Students as well. If you're an International student taking the online option at any Australian University, your duration of online education will also be counted under the requirements of Post-Study Work Permit.
July 28th, 2020
Texas International Education Consortium and Online Learning Consortium are going to evolve the online learning scene
TIEC - 31 Texas Universities is joining hands with OLC to bring about an advancement in the online learning scene to help students get world-class education amid the Pandemic. They are going to work with the foreign ministries of education and universities abroad to bring the best faculties onboard and train them.
July 27th, 2020
International students in Canada can work for more than 20 hours till 31st August
The International students in Canada who are eligible to work off-campus, hold study-permit in an academic session, and providing an essential service (for eg. healthcare, supplying food, and other important goods) can work for more than 20 hours temporarily till 31st August.
July 24th, 2020
International Students coming for ELT Programs in the UK can come via Standard Visitor Visa
International Students whose programs are for 6 months or lesser in the English Language Teaching Centers can come to the UK with a Standard Visitor Visa.
18 Virtual Exchange Programs funded by the US Department of State
The US Department of State has come up with a sponsored Stevens Initiative wherein 18 Virtual Exchange Programs are going to be funded. Students benefit from this by getting the cross-cultural experience without traveling all the way and just by an electronic device can take up the Exchange Programs. This program now has 41 country locations.
July 22nd, 2020
Former US Ambassadors request the reversal of the proclamation on J-1 Visas
The Former US Ambassadors have written a letter to the Trump Administration to reverse the proclamation for J-1 Visas because "exchange programs have helped our economy drastically and not to mention diplomatic and national security efforts as well" said the US government representatives abroad.
July 21st, 2020
Australia to start processing visa for International Students and make Post-Study work permit requirements to your benefit
In a recent media release, Hon Alan Tudge MP announced to grant visas to International students very soon so as soon as the borders open students will be able to travel. The Govt. also allowing students who are currently studying online from their home country & are unable to travel, can count this duration for their PSWP requirement. Also, Graduates who hold a student visa can apply for PSWP from their home country.
July 20th, 2020
The US going to begin phased visa resumptions in some parts of the Schengen area, UK, and Ireland
Some countries like the UK, Ireland, and some in the Schengen area will see visa openings in a phased post to post manner soon. The faqs of travel docs also answered many questions related to this.
July 17th, 2020
Migrant Voice writes to UK Home Secretary to prepone the Post-Study Work Permit, making it available for 2020 Grads as well
The Migrant Voice, Priti Patel has written to the UK Home Secretary to consider 2020 Grads for Post-Study Work Permit as well. Allowing them to stay back in the UK and work for 2 years after graduation. This might also help the UK's economy to bounce back and recover.
July 16th, 2020
Canada makes Post-Study Work Permit process easier for International students
To provide reassurance to Canadian Universities' aspirants about Post-Study Work Permit the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) have made certain temporary changes. The aspirants who are going to start their education from a Canadian University this Fall can apply for Post-Study Work Permit before 15th September and this will "include the time you apply for a study permit, rather than when you were approved for one, towards a future post-graduation work permit", IRCC tweeted. IRCC is approving the PSWP applications in two stages, eligibility and admissibility. The student should have an acceptance from a Canadian University, show sufficient finances, etc and for the second stage should have the necessary documents such as biometrics, an immigration medical exam, and a police certificate. In addition, IRCC is also prioritizing people who have completed the full application beforehand.
July 15th, 2020
Trump Administration takes the foot off the gas due to the lawsuit filed against them by MIT and Harvard
The modification that was passed has been revoked and International Students who are in the US can stay in the country while taking 100% online classes.
July 14th, 2020
US Embassies in Thailand is resuming visa appointments
Starting 15th July US Embassies Bangkok is resuming limited Visa appointments for F, J, and M visas only. Moreover, if anyone has to travel within 3 weeks in Thailand to the US can apply for an expedited appointment request as well. The student visa appointments will be allowed provided their Institution provides a mixture of in-person courses and online courses for the Fall semester.
Travel - State Dept of the US tweets about a phased resumption of visa services
The US State Dept. of travel announces phased resumption of visa services and asks students to continuously monitor their country of residence's US embassy/consulate's website to be ready in case of phased resumption of visa services.
UK Govt. discusses the work rights of PSW permit
The latest update on PSWP that was accepted by the UK Govt. going in-effect from 2021, UK Govt. says “In general dependants have near full access to the UK labour market and can work at any skill level”. This essentially means that students are free to change their career focus provided they fit the requirement and this means that students wouldn't have any barriers.
USC Office of the Provost tweets no fee for an extra in-person course
After the recent modifications' announcements by the ICE, Universities started to take precautionary measures which made USC take this measure of imposing no additional fee if students had to take an in-person course to maintain their visa status.
July 13th, 2020
More than 180 Universities file a petition against Trump student visa policy, requesting a restraining order
Earlier there were only 2 Universities who had filed a lawsuit against ICE, Harvard and MIT. But, the Presidents' Alliance made more than 180 Universities file a petition to request a temporary restraining order against Trump's administration to take action against International Students.
July 10th, 2020
Australia to be flexible with post-study work permit
Australia plans to help International students stranded as the international borders are closed. They are planning to give the International students post-study work permit flexibility and also removing the visa renewal fee.
University of California soon to file suit against ICE's revised guidelines
The University of California plans to file a new suit against ICE on the grounds of “violating the rights of the university”. The UC is targetting to put a temporary restraining order on the same modification.
July 9th, 2020
NEU joins hands with Harvard and MIT on the lawsuit
Northeastern University takes part in supporting Harvard and MIT on the lawsuit to restrict ICE from imposing the modification temporarily.
Harvard and MIT file a lawsuit to restrict ICE on imposing the modification
After the recent modification that's affecting all the International students who are attending courses, that's being taught 100% online due to the Pandemic. MIT and Harvard filed a lawsuit for requesting a restriction order against ICE's recent action. This would safeguard almost all the International students from being deported who are currently in the US.
UKCISA publishes a new paper with 15 strategies to make UK the most attractive destination for education
UKCISA has published new 15 ways to make UK the top destinations to go to when higher education is considered for International aspirants. These new ways included making immigration and visa process flexible for students, review the implementation of new immigration rules for EU/EEA/Swiss students from January 2021, invest in a pilot for a ‘Graduate Export Placement Scheme’, which would support international students to contribute to the Global Britain agenda, and wider efforts to encourage UK employers to engage with global talent, and many more.
July 8th, 2020
US Universities which have shifted to hybrid mode (Will be updated as and when we get info)
Kean University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, University of Arkansas, Illinois Institute of Technology, Central Missouri, Texas A&M, Florida International University, University of Nevada-Reno, NYU, UTA, Cleveland State University, Boston College, University of Cumberlands, University of Texas-Tyler, University of Dayton, University of South Florida, Wright State University, CSU East Bay, George Mason, NCSU, Virginia Tech, RIT, UTD, UIC, Pace University, ASU, University of New Haven, Gannon University, NEU-Boston, University of IOWA, UTSA, UFL, Georgia Tech, University of Washington-Seattle, SJSU, Michigan Tech, UW Madison, Rowan University, and University of Utah.
Many US Universities taking proactive steps to help International students
After the sudden modification imposed by ICE on F1 and M1 visa holders, the Universities have been really quick and proactive in responding with a solution. The Universities are going to help students by making the coursework a blended one so that they can take one course offline which helps them to retain the F1 student status.
July 7th, 2020
International Students on F1 and M1 visas with a 100% online course in the USA will have to depart to their home country
A sudden news release by the US, ICE states that the International Students on non-immigrant visas and on the American soil attending 100% online courses will need to depart from the country to their home countries. Fall'20 aspiring Students will not be issued a visa if the courses are 100% online. The students who are in the States right now have two options for now including taking a course from another school that's providing on-campus classes or depart to their home country.
Yocket's take: There's a lot of uncertainty pondering, the Universities are trying to figure out what are the steps that need to be taken and what the temporary rule exactly means. So, no need to panic, and as soon as there will be some news, it'll be updated in this blog so stay tuned.
July 6th, 2020
Australia extends international travel ban except for the education industry
350 International students are going to be brought back to Canberra to resume their classes as a part of the pilot program, later in July.
July 3rd, 2020
Canada Visa update: IRCC has resumed accepting online applications for visitor visas and eTAs
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada have resumed accepting online applications for visitor visas and eTAs because IRCC doesn't want applicants to have a long waiting period once the international borders are opened. Note that the borders are yet to open and that a visa doesn't guarantee your in-person classes. But, this definitely is a light of hope.
July 2nd, 2020
NEU Boston plans to bring Staff and Faculty on-campus following which even students returning to study on-campus
From July 7th, NEU will enter stage IV of returning to-campus i.e. Space planning implementation and employees return. Soon after that from August 17th, planning to enter stage V i.e. normal in-person classes for students with all the healthcare guidelines in mind.
July 1st, 2020
Ph.D. students are now allowed to stay back in the UK for 3 years after education
In early days of this year, a Global Talent drive was passed by the UK. Ph.D. students can now stay back in the UK after education for 3 years making it even more attractive place to study. Adding onto that there are going to be other major improvements for International Students as soon as Autumn comes too. Some of the improvements include giving flexibility to the students to change their visa type from within the UK and withdrawing study time restrictions at postgraduate level
June 30th, 2020
UK Visa Applications Centers are opening in India
A list was published that had select UK VACs which include: Ahemdabad, Bengaluru (Global Tech Part, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai (South, New Delhi, and Pune. Now people who had an appointment earlier and those who wanted to schedule can do so with the appointment date after 6th July.
June 29th, 2020
Will Universities around the globe use chartered flights to bring International Students?
Countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand, and Ireland are planning to use chartered flights to bring the International students back to campus. Health is a concern and hence, the students need to go through a test 48 hours before flight whose proof needs to be shown.
Ireland has extended the online Immigration platform for the renewal of Residence Permits
Ireland Govt. has extended the online Immigration platform that's to renew the Residence Permits. Students also from English Language Schools in Dublin are allowed to renew their visas.
June 26th, 2020
DAAD to shape the education system of Germany in favor of International Students
DAAD is accountable for internationalization at German higher education institutions. They have outlined a 2025 strategic report that surges the ratio of International Students and researchers to 15%. DAAD also wants the German students to have intercultural experience via study abroad, virtual experiences, or "Internationalization at home".
June 25th, 2020
UK Stake Holders show optimism for Autumn'20 intake as Visa Centers open
Recently many VACs opened across the world and the UK Stake Holders are optimistic that this might be beneficial to the Universities which are expecting Autumn'20 to happen on-campus. Many Visa centers may open soon.
June 24th, 2020
Will Trump Visa Ban affect International Students?
President Donald J. Trump has paused non-immigrant work visas till end of 2020 and created quite a stir among the international students who were all set to pursue their MS dream in the United States.
Watch this video by Leap as they dissect if this proclamation has any impact on you and discuss potential long term benefits.
Florida's Board of Governors accepts the University of South Florida's 4-stage plan to reopen in Fall
USF had proposed a 4-stage plan to reopen for the upcoming Fall semester. This plan has been approved by the Board of Governors of Florida. The plan included some face-to-face courses, some blended courses, in-person services, and other activities.
Irish Education Sector announces that all Higher Education Bodies will be closed at least till August
Keeping the health advisory in mind Ireland's Education Sector decided to remain closed at least till August 2020.
June 23rd, 2020
UK Visa Application Centers have reopened for returning the passports whose application have been confirmed
A limited number of UK VACs are resuming today to return the passports whose applications are approved. More UK VACs are going to open soon.
Trump's Executive Order to restrict the issuance of H-1B Visas
Trump has passed an executive order on the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, L, and many J visas as well till 31st December 2020. Also, anyone who has been issued one of these visas and is outside the US wouldn't be able to travel back to the US. This order will come into effect from 24th June'20. This was done was to protect the jobs of American Citizens.
Yocket's Take: Read what Yocket has to say regarding the recent news. Recent 2020 Grads can apply for OPT and wait for the H-1B to be issued again. Anyone else who already has an H-1B visa and is inside the country doesn't have to worry. For the upcoming students, you all can work on your application and make your profile strong. On the other hand, keep other countries as your backup if the US is your Primary choice. The deadline for the Spring Intake lies between September-November and Fall intake lies between May-July. This suspension is only temporary and has been posed until 31st December'20.
Sweden opens up to have in-person classes in Autumn'20
Sweden has laid out certain measures and techniques that will help students attend some of the Autumn'20 semester classes on-campus. It will still be a blend of online and on-campus courses.
The Netherlands has started in-person classes with limited teaching
Since, 15th June, Netherlands has started limited onsite classes restricted to some classes, labs, or students. Most of the class timings are posed during the afternoon, demeaning the effect of using public transport to commute to classes.
June 22nd, 2020
39 UK visa centers are physically opening today
NZ: $20M Hardship Fund and steps to start in-person classes for Post Graduate Students
The government of New Zealand has assigned $20M for the domestic and tertiary students who are in need. Also as of now, NZ is going to open in-person classes under Alert Level 1, which is the least of all alert levels.
June 21st, 2020
UK Govt. approves the opening of 72 PTE English language test centers for UKVI
72 test centers including the centers in India and the UK have been sanctioned to open for International students to take the PTE English Language test, with health and sanitization to be given the maximum priority. Prior to this only 20 centers were allowed to open.
June 19th, 2020
International Students can step inside France from July 1st, confirmed
July 1st is the magic number for all the International Students who aspire to study in France, as students can enter the country starting 1st July.
350 International Students to fly to Canberra and resume their studies
The University of Canberra and Australian National Universities are the first two Universities to test out the pilot program. 350 International Students are going to resume their education in Canberra in July. This will be the first arrival since the borders had closed.
June 18th, 2020
NAFSA proposes to shift the US visa interviews online for International Students
NAFSA: Association of International Educators have written a letter to the Department of State to shift the US visa interviews online for the betterment of International Students.
June 17th, 2020
UK Government finalizes post-study work will be applicable after online study mode as well
After a proposal by UUKi, UKCISA, and BUILA, the UK Government confirms that even if the students had to take the Autumn'20 semester online due to the uncertainties, they will be eligible for the post-study work. This will be applicable if students come to the UK before April 21st, 2021.
Official body, Universities UK says 97% of the Universities in the UK will be having in-person classes
In a recent survey by Universities UK, they found out that 97% of the Universities in the UK are going to have in-person classes for Autumn 2020 students.
June 16th, 2020
University at Buffalo intends to resume in-person classes for Fall students
University at Buffalo is planning to start its in-person Fall semester from August 31st and has prepared in full force for it. After a detailed message conveyed by UB President Satish Tripathi and Provost A. Scott Weber, UB has planned accordingly.
France to open doors for international students from 1st July
In a recent statement given by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and foreign affairs, and Christophe Castaner, minister of the interior, they explained France will open for International Students to arrive starting from 1st July. The statement also said, the visa operations will start soon and that there's no barrier to any students from any country flying to France as an International Student.
June 15th, 2020
Former Minister of UK suggests doubling the Post Study Work Permit from 2 to 4 years for International Students
Jo Johnson, UK's former Minister suggested doubling the PSWP for International students from 2 years to 4 years. This will help the UK Higher Education Sector to recover from the hit taken due to the Pandemic. Also, after the recent change of PSWP, early this year, the Tier 4 visas for Indian students increased by 136%. So, doubling the PSWP could align students' education abroad dream towards the UK.
June 14th, 2020
Australia plans for a pilot study to bring International students in July
Australian PM, Scott Morrison confirmed that there will be a pilot study to bring back International students in the country. In this pilot study, hundreds of students will be brought back and kept under 2 weeks of quarantine. After a successful reach, more students will be brought back. For students to be brought back, the states' borders should be opened and hence South Australia will open on 20th July whereas Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, and Tasmania have yet to confirm a date.
June 13th, 2020
Columbia University puts a potential plan that will allow students to join late this Fall
Due to many reasons and travel restrictions, Columbia University has planned to allow students to join on-campus late this Fall'20 or early Spring'21 so that the students fulfill the requirement to gain CPT opportunity in Summer'21.
Umass, Amherst taking steps towards CPT for Fall'20 students
Umass Amherst has got approval and taking further steps to ensure CPT eligibility for Fall'20 students. Umass is trying to formalize a plan that will allow students who opt to take Fall'20 online and who opt defer the admit to Spring'21 will still be eligible for CPT in Summer'21.
Yale makes SAT & ACT a test-optional policy whereas the University of Washington makes the changes permanent
Due to the Pandemic, Yale University has made the SAT & ACT a test-optional policy by scraping out the requirement of these exams for the class of 2020-2024 and 2021-2025. The University of Washington scrapes out the requirement of SAT & ACT permanently for all upcoming students.
June 12th, 2020
Australia to bring back International Students this July, Australian PM says
After Australia, loosening lockdown, Scott Morrison, the PM of Australia stated that there's a heavy possibility of bringing the International students in July for the upcoming semester.Share on WhatsApp
June 11th, 2020
The official UK bodies propose a loan scheme for International recruitment, online Visa applications, and propose to relax some rules for Post Study Work Permit
A recovery plan was drafted by UKCISA, UUK International, and BUILA. Together they proposed many changes that include a Government-backed loan scheme to restart the International recruitment and make PSWP still a possibility even if a student takes a blended course online and on-campus. Moreover, the UKVI centers are reopening in mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, and Fiji. But, where it's not reopening the suggestions says to have an online visa application and the biometrics will be taken after the International students arrive in the UK.
Illinois Tech takes a step closer to start on-campus this Fall after the state loosens lockdown
Illinois Institute of Technology has a major update for all the Fall'20 aspirants as the state and city loosen lockdown. Illinois Tech hopes to have an on-campus Fall semester for students.
June 10th, 2020
Indiana University Bloomington waives off GRE for all applicants till Fall'21
IUB has decided to waive off the GRE requirements for all applicants not just for Fall'20 but all aspirants till Fall'21.Share on WhatsApp
New Zealand is free from COVID - 19
After 17 days of no cases found in NZ, New Zealand is free from COVID - 19 and has decided to bring back international students soon for the upcoming semester!Share on WhatsApp
June 9th, 2020
Major IRCC Guidelines by the Canadian Government for International Students
In the guidelines, all the burning questions were answered and the doubts have been cleared. About study permit, Eligibility for PGWP after online class, visas, etc.
June 8th, 2020
Official guidelines released for Universities in the UK as they get out of lockdown
Universities UK released a set of guidelines that will be followed by Universities in the UK. Students will be kept under a "protective bubble" which means that they will be accommodated with students of the same major to avoid mixing much. This will also help the students to study well and abide by the protective rules.
June 5th, 2020
SAT and ACT not a requirement anymore in 24+ Universities in the USA
Due to the unprecedented times, 9+ Universities have waived off the requirement of SAT and ACT for the next year's applicants that include Harvard College, Cornell University, University of Washington, Tulane University, Case Western Reserve University, Vassar College, Pomona College, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. Some Universities have made the SAT and ACT test-optional process that includes Princeton, Columbia, Upenn, UVA, Dartmouth College, Williams, Amherst College, Tufts, Northeastern University, Boston University, Davidson, Rhodes, Haverford, Texas Christian University, and Trinity University
June 4th, 2020
A letter by 21 senators has been sent to DHS to keep the OPT intact & ease the visa procedures for international students
There's a signed letter by 21 Members of Congress sent to the Dept. of Homeland Security to keep the OPT unchanged and intact. Moreover, the visa procedures were requested to be eased for the International Students, this year.Share on WhatsApp
June 3rd, 2020
Wellington, New Zealand is planning to open for international students from July
In New Zealand, there have been no cases for several days now and this has made the country soften the protocols with regards to the Pandemic. So, they have decided to bring back the old and new International Students for in-person education. However, this will be done with a compulsory quarantine period and special flights.
College Board requests Colleges to be flexible in terms of SAT scores
After the Pandemic, many Undergraduate aspirants were unable to take the test and even after shifting them online, it's very difficult to have 3 hours of uninterrupted good quality internet for many. College Board has requested the Universities to prolong the deadlines of submitting scores, evaluating all the profiles equally (those who have given the test score and those who haven't), and considering that students couldn't take the test again even if they wanted a better score.
University of Illinois, Springfield's steps towards the Pandemic
The leader of Online Learning since 1998, UIS, is still hoping to return on-campus for this Fall 2020. Due to the Pandemic, the students who failed to get back home stayed on-campus, were fed, and taken care of. UIS is still accepting applications for Fall 20 & students can defer their applications to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 and along with TOEFL & IELTS, the university is accepting the PTE-A and iTEP tests.Share on WhatsApp
June 2nd, 2020
Governor of Pennslyvania states Schools will return to in-person classes in Fall
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Duquesne University's high hopes on in-person classes for Fall
Duquesne University is keen on having in-person classes from August 24th as Pittsburgh has been moved from red zone to the yellow zone.Share on WhatsApp
June 1st, 2020
University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Information Studies Allows Deferrals for Fall 2020 Admitted Students
Admitted students for Fall 2020 are welcomed to defer their enrollment until Fall 2021. Students can defer once, after which point they’ll be asked to reapply. Admitted students considering deferral should contact [email protected]
University of Waterloo plans to open up for Fall'20
UWaterloo has made the course components and the faculty's course available for the incoming Fall students which students can check. Also, UWaterloo hopes to return back to in-person classes for Fall'20.Share on WhatsApp
May 29th, 2020
University of Maryland, College Park prepares for Fall 2020
The University System of Maryland, made up of 12 universities across the state, prepares for a hybrid Fall 2020 semester. The University of Maryland, College Park campus has not made a formal announcement about fall instruction modalities. Check back for more information.
Concordia University implements the 1st stage of gradual return on-campus
Many labs have reopened and will be reopening implementing 1st stage of returning on-campus though the classes will be held online till August.
May 28th, 2020
Quebec allows International students to take classes from their home country
Quebec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education decided that International students can take up online classes for this Fall. Before this, the rule said that the International students needed to be staying in Quebec to complete the semester.
May 27th, 2020
Ireland eases Visa restrictions for English Language students significantly
Recently Minister of Justice and Equality Charles Flanagan announced that the visa restrictions of English-language International students will be eased. The students who have headed home because of the Pandemic, this period of them staying home will not be counted in the 2-year period of education and students who have completed their maximum stay of 2 years and are stuck in Ireland can take up an online course and still continue to stay as students in Ireland till the end of the year.
May 26th, 2020
Canada accepting incomplete Post Graduation Work Permit applications
Recently, Canada has started to accept incomplete applications for both, Study Permit and PGWP. Students can apply even if some documents are missing.Share on WhatsApp
May 25th, 2020
USF's Muma College of Business introduces free Certificate Coronavirus Leadership Course
University of South Florida's Muma Business School has launched a free certificate course on Coronavirus Leadership. The course mainly focuses on finance and revenue, digital marketing, and risk assessment.
Northeastern University planning to reopen in the coming weeks, very soon
NEU has a major update that, they will be calling the Professors back on-campus and open the research labs very soon which will allow International Students to have on-campus classes sooner.
May 23rd, 2020
GRE Prometric test centers are scheduled to open in June, July, and August
Test centers are going to open soon for the GRE exam. Some of the cities where the centers are opening are Ahemdabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Guwahati, Thane, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Surat Ranchi, and so on.
May 22nd, 2020
New South Wales Government arranges $20m housing fund for international students
New South Wales Government in Australia announces that they will arrange $20m worth of housing fund for the International students who are in need.
May 21st, 2020
Campus France calls International students, "We expect you here"
French Universities needs International students as Campus France quote “We need you, we want you, you are expected here” to all the international students, this year.
May 20th, 2020
Jacobs University Bremen, Germany: in-person classes after 6 weeks of online classes
Recently, Jacobs University Bremen sent students a mail stating that the University will start online classes on 1st September and after approximately 6 weeks, in-person classes will start. Jacobs University urges students to be on-campus either till 26th August'20 or before the in-person classes start. The exact in-person classes' opening date will be announced soon.
May 19th, 2020
Canada: Post Graduation Work Permit for International Students has been rewired
Generally, the duration of PGWP for any International students was calculated by the amount of in-person classes taken and deducted by the number of classes taken online. Amid this uncertainty, the duration of PGWP will be not be deducted for the students who opt for Fall'20 online classes, temporarily!
Duolingo score and Deferral accepted by California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University is accepting Duolingo test scores as a substitute. Although Cal Lutheran is optimistic about starting Fall'20 in-person they are ready for providing online classes and accepting deferrals up to Fall'21.
May 18th, 2020
Australia considers allowing International Students for entry in July
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, while discussing the three-step process for exiting lockdown also said that International students are being considered for July entry as long as strict quarantine rules are observed.
May 15th, 2020
COVID 19 Vaccine test on monkeys by Oxford University gives a positive result
Oxford University's research and vaccine test on monkeys has shown promising results.
May 14th, 2020
Vice President of the US held a call with US Secretary of Education and 14 other Universities' Presidents regarding the possible options to reopen for Fall'20 classes
Vice President Mike Pence was in a discussion with US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and 14 other Universities' Presidents. They had a major discussion on a guidance document that was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year. The discussion went on for the importance of opening and maintaining research labs to assist with COVID-19 research, testing, and tracing. The 14 Universities include Purdue University, University of Texas-El Paso, Hillsdale College, Marquette University, University of Virginia, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio State University, Stanford University, Wake Forest University, Arizona State University, and Hampton University.
May 13th, 2020
Chancellor of CSU system announces in-person Fall classes to be canceled and shifted to online
Timothy Peter White, Chancellor of CSU System announces the vast majority of courses offered in all 23 CSU campuses will be moved to the online mode of learning for this Fall, keeping the health and safety guidelines in mind.
The University of California President recommends suspending SATs and ACTs till 2024
UC President Janet Napolitano proposes a complex 5-year plan which includes suspending SATs and ACTs as an entry requirement and swapping it with a sophisticated system.
Dartmouth College offers admit to some of the waitlisted students but not allowing them to defer their admit
Some applicants in the waitlist are being notified if they are offered an admit but not allowing them to defer the admit to the upcoming semesters.
May 12th, 2020
Despite the Pandemic Swedish Universities get a significant increase in International Students
The number of International Students in Swedish Universities has increased by 12% since the past year, despite the Pandemic. Also, Douglas Washburn, marketing manager of Study in Sweden added that they are hopeful to have in-person classes this autumn.
May 11th, 2020
Germany granting loans to all the International Students who require it
Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek announced that there will be loans given our up to €650/month, interest-free for those international students who need it. Also, Germany has announced grants and loans worth of €100 million during the financial hurdles students are facing due to the Pandemic.
Australian Universities offering many FREE certified courses for all the students
Australian Trade and Investment Commission is the organization behind this and the Australian Universities are offering 28 FREE certified courses that have no deadline but to register for the course by June 30th, 2020.
May 9th, 2020
CSU Channel Islands offers Financial Relief to eligible students
Prospective students need to fill up the FAFSA form in order to be considered for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) fund before 31st May.
May 8th, 2020
New Zealand Government considers reopening country for International Students
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the $5b International Student Industry is being considered for reopening and the international students can return to NZ for studies provided they can be quarantined safely.
May 7th, 2020
CSU Northridge's no-cost deferment and application waiver for aspirants
Amid the Pandemic, CSU Northridge decides to offer an application fee waiver and no-cost deferment for Fall'20 aspirants.
Deferment of admit and keeping the scholarship intact: Syracuse University
Syracuse University is allowing students to defer their admit to next Spring or Fall and also keeping the Scholarship intact (if received). Duolingo test scores are allowed for certain cases.
May 6th, 2020
Italy claims to have found a vaccine for COVID - 19
Around 3 pm IST, groundbreaking news came through where Italy claims to have found a vaccine that neutralizes the COVID 19 in human cells.
Yocket's take: Though this ray of hope is shining bright, we need to wait for further information regarding the application of the vaccination and the next steps regarding mass-production.
COVID 19 Updates in 63 languages by the Australian Government
The SBS Radio i.e. derived from the Australian Government is giving all COVID 19 updates in 63 languages with regards to Australia and its Universities bearing International students in mind.
South Australian Government announced a new $13.8 million International Student Support Package
Many Universities are urging students to apply for the Student Support Package as soon as the University launches it on their websites, for example, the University of Adelaide. This Support Package is only for students facing hardships and only they are eligible to it.
3 States eased lockdown starting 4th May
Starting 4th May Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri are the states where lockdowns have been eased. Retail stores, Churches, Restaurant Dining Rooms, gyms, etc are opened provided that people follow social distancing norms.
Kentucky and Connecticut might loosen the lockdown too
Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky and Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut believe that starting 20th May the retail stores, Churches, hair salons, etc will be open for business.
May 5th, 2020
Missouri University of Science & Technology plans for in-person classes this Fall
Missouri S&T announces plans to resume in-person classes this fall. Missouri University of Science and Technology, a leading technological university in Rolla, Missouri, USA, plans to hold classes on campus in the fall. Missouri S&T officials continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 but anticipate a return to in-person instruction while planning for the possibility of online and hybrid courses. As of May 1, no cases of COVID-19 are in the Rolla community, which is considered one of the safest areas of the state of Missouri and the USA.
Saint Mary's University diligently offers app fee waivers and no-cost one-year Deferment
Amid the Pandemic Saint Mary's University decided to offer the applicants, application fee waiver and no-cost two semesters deferment.
May 4th, 2020
Fall in Person or Online, Decision by 16th June: Penn State University
Penn State University will make a decision by 16th June whether to be ready for the Fall semester in person or online.
GRE waived and IELTS/TOEFL waived, Digital i-20 issued by Wright State University
Due to COVID 19, Wright State University has waived off GRE and if the Bachelor's degree was taught in English the requirement of English Proficiency test score is waived off. Also, i-20 is being digitally issued by the University.
University of Illinois, Chicago waives off GRE and GMAT for MBA program
UIC announces work experience of 5 years or more eliminates the GRE/GMAT requirement for the MBA program. For more guidelines visit the link.
ASU begins preparation for an on-campus Fall semester
Arizona State University has high hopes for an on-campus Fall semester and has begun planning to resume in-person classes for the fall semester.
Yocket's take: Though this must be optimistic, we must wait for Consulates to open and travel ban to be lifted to take any further decision.
April 30th, 2020
Students rejected due to no GRE can apply again: Northwest Missouri State University
Students who had been rejected from Northwest Missouri State University due to no GRE score can write to the University and the profile will be looked into again. Northwest Missouri State University is still keen on, on-campus Fall'20 classes.
UIUC says Students can accept the admit and defer later
In a webinar conducted by the Civil Engineering Dept at UIUC, students can accept the offer before 1st June and can defer later, if required. There's no extra fee for deferral, the Fall orientation is still scheduled to be on 24th August, and the official transcripts can be sent by October 2020.
University of Cincinnati waives off GRE and GMAT requirements
The new International Application deadline (including scholarship consideration) has also been extended to 15th May.
Stevens Institute of Technology strongly believes in Fall'20 in person, Hybrid classes as back up
The college will be under the supervision of the State of New Jersey and health agencies to implement the best solution for current exceptional circumstances.
April 29th, 2020
Governor of Alabama announces easing back of Social Distancing
Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama in a speech announces easing back Social Distancing restrictions for some businesses, but it would be a "thoughtful and careful" process keeping the threat of COVID - 19 in mind.
UCLA allows remote classes to those who can't travel
Even after the classes happen on-campus this fall, students who can't travel back to the campus will be allowed to attend classes remotely.
Santa Clara University extending deadlines
The application deadline has been extended to 1st June, unofficial transcripts allowed until the university reopens, and is accepting Duolingo test score of 115 or above.
University of Dayton's steps due to Pandemic
The University of Dayton is accepting application documents, including transcripts and financial documents, via WhatsApp and email. To clear students' doubts, Udayton is scheduling video chats to answer the questions.
April 28th, 2020
UT Arlington's response to the Pandemic
UTA is still accepting applications for Fall'20, waiving off GRE and application fee for specific cases, accepting unofficial transcripts, and hoping to have classes on-campus for students in Fall, if not, adding flexibility for students to defer their admit.
High hopes of on-campus classes by University of Arkansas
A decision will be made shortly after June 1st, however, the University of Arkansas has high hopes for the on-campus Fall'20 semester. A complete list of their programs which has either waived off or allowed deferral of standardized tests will be posted on 1st May.
April 27th, 2020
Steps taken by University of New Haven due to the Pandemic
UNH's accepting financial statements digitally to generate electronic i-20 for students.
Students taking online classes are eligible for Summer Internship in 2021, official update by UTD
UTD gives an update that students who will enroll for online classes in MS in BA, MS in ITM, MS in Supply Management or MS in Marketing are also eligible for Summer Internship in 2021 provided that students complete 18 credit hours by the end of Spring 2021.
New Zealand relaxes visa conditions for international students
International students can now work and assist with essential services during the COVID-19 response since April 16th.
Canada includes International Students in temporary income support
International students who lose their job will be included in the temporary income support of up to CAN$500 a week for up to 16 weeks provided they meet certain criteria.
DAAD helping international students find part-time jobs in Germany
DAAD continuously updating its website for international students with job postings.
France exempts Rent for all students who leave the CROUS Residencies
Starting April 1st all the students who leave the CROUS residencies temporarily or permanently do not have to pay rent.
New Zealand extends Temporary Visa Expiry dates till 25th September 2020
All temporary visas expiring between 2nd April and 9th July 2020 have been extended till 25th September.
April 26th, 2020
12 States loosened lockdown in the USA
Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Mississipi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Vermont reducing restrictions.
Planning In-Person classes for Fall? Statement from the President of Iowa State University
“We are planning on a full, normal operation for our universities for the fall 2020 semester. This includes in-person classes, reopening of residence halls, food service, and other campus services.”
Yocket's take: While this update is extremely promising, international students still need to wait for visa slots to reopen.
April 25th, 2020
Boston University, not shifting their Fall semester: clears the hearsay
Students were discussing that BU might shift their Fall semester. BU released an official statement that there's no change in Fall semester dates till now.
Expert's say: Always seek authentic information from the source and not heed to hearsay.
USCIS extends temporary closure till June 3rd
Office to remain closed. No clarity if the closure will be extended. No impact on visa slots.
Northwestern MBA makes summer internship mandatory
If work experience is part of the curriculum, students do not need to spend 30 weeks on US soil. Big relief for students who might attend the Fall semester online.
April 23rd, 2020
Cornell University to drop SAT and ACT requirement for next year
After looking onto the current scenario of the Pandemic still posing uncertain phases, Cornell becomes the first Ivy League Institution to drop SAT and ACT requirement for next year's admission cycle, Undergrad aspirants.
Free Extension if Immigration expires, Update by UK Council for International Student Affairs
If your Immigration is expired or expires between 24th Jan'20 and 31st May'20, the UKCISA home office will extend it up to 31st May'20. You don't have to pay any fee or fill any Immigration application, however, you have to submit a form to its Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.
The University of Alberta posts three visionary scenarios due to COVID 19
According to them, there could be three possible situations that could play out; 1. Limited in-person instruction permitted, non-essential research allowed, international students here, campuses are open; 2. Limited in-person instruction, non-essential research allowed, international students not here, campuses are open; 3. No in-person instruction, essential research only, international students not here, campuses are closed.
Non - EU Citizens Eligible for job positions which were only reserved for Germans, Update from Germany
Under a recent policy passed by the Federal Government of Germany on March'20, all the skilled Non - EU citizens are now eligible to apply for the vacant positions which were once reserved for only Germans.
April 22nd, 2020
Trump immigration ban halts Green Cards only, temporary visas not at stake
After an unclear tweet by Donald J Trump on 21st April, Trump cleared the air around his vague tweet on the following day and explained that the Immigration ban he tweeted about will go in effect only for certain issuances of Green Card. This effect will pause the certain Green Card issuances for 60 days. Many F1 aspirants and H1B employees who were worried about the statement made by Donald J Trump, needn't worry as Trump said that the move would not impact those in the country on a temporary basis and would apply only to those looking for green cards in hopes of staying.
April 21st, 2020
Three reasons not to worry about Trump's latest tweet
On the night of 20th, April in the USA, Donald J Trump tweeted this, “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”
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Latest Update from RIT in Yocket's Webinar
The students who take up online classes for Fall'20 will get a Scholarship of 10% on the Tuition fee.
April 20th, 2020
Update from Third Level Colleges in Ireland
Students are going to be asked to self-certify that they are complying with the rules in online assessments and tests that will in many instances replace the exams. Many Universities like NUQ Galway, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, etc will be implementing this soon. The Technological Higher Education Association has ensured that students will not be delayed or disadvantaged by the new measures and that academic integrity and standards will be maintained.
Update from USCIS
USCIS updated on 13th April saying that all the nonimmigrants may unexpectedly remain in the United States beyond their authorized period of stay due to COVID-19. If this is the case USCIS has offered three options: Apply for an extension, Filing EOS/COS application in a timely manner, and Flexibility for Late Applications.
April 17th, 2020
Update from Northeastern University
During Webinar Binge, NEU representative addressed to the students that probably the Fall’20 semester will be online and that students can defer their admits to Spring’21 or Fall’21. However, the official news from NEU might be announced in May.
April 16th, 2020
Major Update from UM-Dearborn
UM-Dearborn has stated that the selective drop period for students has been extended till 17th April 11:59 pm EST as well as an option to switch some or all of their Winter 2020 courses to a Pass/Fail grading mode by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 5th.
Online Free Courses offered by Harvard University
In a recent update from Harvard University, 67 courses are available online for free which were once used to be paid.
Important Update from UT Dallas in Yocket’s Webinar Binge
UT Dallas University Official mentions, even if students take the online classes this Fall and come on-campus only in January, they are eligible to apply for CPT in Summer of Fall’21
April 15th, 2020
Leap Finance’s Online Petition, extending OPT deadline
Leap Finance has launched a petition to USCIS about extending the OPT deadline. When USCIS opens the offices, Leap Finance will file a formal legal petition with the organization.
April 14th, 2020
Online Petition on OPT and H1B Unemployment Grace Period
There are many online Petitions that are being circulated right now. Two of them have started to gain the main attraction, Temporarily extension of the OPT unemployment grace period to 180 days for international students, Temporarily extension of the 60-Day H1B Visa Grace period to 180 Days.
Update from Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University has started registrations online classes, GRE, GMAT has been waived off and ready to defer admissions to Spring 21 if the situation doesn't become normal.
Update from San Jose State University
San Jose State University has started to accept Duolingo English Test Scores of 120 or higher for graduate admissions and 95 or higher for undergraduate admissions. The tests should be taken in between 1st Feb’20 to 20th May’20.
Virtual Tour of Campus
One of the most important ways for a Native student and an International Student is knowing about the campus. Hence, before making a decision the students tend to take a physical tour of the campus or in case of an international student, a virtual tour. It plays a vital role in their college selection.
April 10th, 2020
Update from University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park have extended their deadline till July 1st, 2020 for Fall intake and have waived off GRE/GMAT requirements for Full-time MBA Program until June 1st, 2020.
Update from Binghamton University
Binghamton University also has approved the Duolingo English test as proof of English proficiency for international applicants for the fall 2020 semester. A minimum score of 105 is required.
Update from University of South Florida
As a result of the academic disruptions caused by the pandemic, several American universities - including the University of South Florida - have adopted or given students the option of a pass/fail grade.
April 6th, 2020
GRE and TOEFL shifted to online
The GRE and TOEFL exams which were closed for some time because of COVID - 19 will be starting again from 6th April’20. The only difference is that instead of offline physical centers the tests will be conducted online and the test-takers can take the exam by sitting at home. This information is given officially by ETS (the firm that develops the standardized tests). Also, all the test-takers who had their exam during this duration would be allowed to reschedule their exam without any rescheduling fee & can be postponed.
March 30th, 2020
Digital i-20 Issuance, Official news from USCIS
Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has updated its FAQ section where it’s mentioned that the Universities are now allowed to issue a digital i-20 form for whichever students necessary and will be mailed to the aspirant's email id. In case, if the student is a minor the digital i-20 form would be given to the legal guardian or parent. Although the digital i-20 is temporary, it might help the students to book visa interviews as soon as the Pandemic calms down.
March 25th, 2020
IELTS Exam Updates
All the IELTS test centers across India (that includes exams powered by Cambridge, British Council & IDP) are temporarily shut down till 14th April’20 and with possible extension.
March 19th, 2020
Test Scores Waived and Measures by the Universities
Many Universities have waived off their GRE, GMAT, and English Proficiency requirements because the centers for exams like GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS are closed. Temporarily no exams are scheduled and which were there, are canceled due to lockdown. Some Universities have started accepting the Duolingo English test for the interim period ($45 Exam fee), while some others intend to test the students once they reach the university.
March 16th, 2020
US Visa Consulates closed till further notice
Starting from March 16th, all US Visa Consulates in India will be closed until further notice and there will be no Interviews taken in the meanwhile. All the Interviews which were scheduled starting from March 16th have been suspended momentarily.
March 13th, 2020
Some Visas are suspended Temporarily
From 13th March'20 onwards all the existing US Visas (except diplomatic, official, United Nations or International Organizations, employment, and project visas) are suspended until April 15, 2020. This measure went into effect at midnight GMT on March 13th'20, at all ports of entry.
March 10th, 2020
Universities have extended their deadlines
Many Universities have extended their deadlines for Fall’20 intake because of the lockdown and the delay in the test results process for IELTS, GRE, etc; which is resulting in students’ application process getting delayed.
Keep yourself updated with the recent news on all the aspects of education abroad by constantly giving this article a read. In the end, we would like to say that we all are in this together, the storm will soon pass and the sunlight will rise again on us. So keep yourself safe, healthy, and most importantly motivated.
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