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EU eases visa rules for researchers and students

The European Parliament has passed a new visa directive on European Union entry and residence that makes it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities. - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley13 May 2016 Issue No:413
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[US] Visa restrictions limit academic freedom

A few months ago, New York University Professor Andrew Ross was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on ideological grounds. The incident put academic freedom in the Arab World under a microscope, but the coverage failed to recognise that the US has similarly unethical restrictions for non-citizen scholars.

Each year many students, faculty and independent scholars are denied entrance to the US based on economic, national, age and other forms of discrimination. These US visa policies discriminate exclusively against citizens of Latin America, Asia, Africa and nations of Muslim majority. The US visa controls are comparable to UAE’s in their effect on academic freedom. (...) - University World News, by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, 17 July 2015 Issue No:376

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Australia: Thousands of foreign students in visa fraud racket

Tens of thousands of foreign students have become permanent residents in Australia as a likely result of widespread fraud and corruption within and outside the federal Immigration Department.

Documents provided to Fairfax Media journalists and an investigation by Monash University academics has revealed that thousands of foreigners have avoided federal regulations and been granted illegal permanent residency visas. The huge numbers involved has led directly to rising unemployment levels among young Australians, including university graduates. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 08 August 2014 Issue No:330

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UK: Fees, tough visa rules blamed for foreign students dip

UK: Fees, tough visa rules blamed for foreign students dip | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A dip in international student recruitment – the first fall for 29 years – is raising questions for English universities and the United Kingdom government.

A study by the funding body for English universities demonstrates that growth in entrants to postgraduate taught courses in England fell by 1% (1,000 students) between 2010-11 and 2012-13. Universities elsewhere in the UK were not included. (...) – University World News, by David Jobbins, 2 April 2014 Issue No:314

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UK: New study reveals huge student visa costs to universities

The most comprehensive study yet of the UK higher education sector’s international student visa costs has revealed a complex system characterised by confusion and inconsistencies. The estimated cost to universities in 2012-13 was a whopping £66.8 million (US$87 million) – £26 million higher than the most recent estimates.

The research was conducted by the Higher Education Better Regulation Group, or HEBRG, which was established in 2010 to tackle changing attitudes towards accountability and a transforming regulatory landscape, and is supported by the representative bodies Universities UK and GuildHE, the higher education funding councils for England and Scotland and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. (...) - University World News, Peta Lee, 13 July 2013 Issue No:280

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[Australia] Visa changes ‘set to lure more foreign students’

Australia is welcoming unprecedented numbers of international students in 2015 and changes to the visa rules will stimulate further growth, government ministers said last week. (...) - University World News, by 31 October 2015, Issue No:388

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UK government tightens student visa rules

From November, it will be even more difficult for Indian students to travel to the United Kingdom for education, writes Kounteya Sinha for TNN. Britain recently announced a fresh crackdown on student visas as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, education institutions can enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid. (...) - University World News, by TNN, 22 August 2014 Issue No:331

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[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique

[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une étude conduite par Horizon EU, le magazine de recherche et d'innovation européenne, permet de dresser un constat sur l'impact des "fast-track visas" en Irlande, mis en place depuis 2007. Ce programme vise à faciliter la venue des scientifiques étrangers dans les pays de l'Union Européenne. Plus de 300 chercheurs, ayant bénéficié ou encore bénéficiaires de ces visas, ont répondu aux questions de cette étude. (...) - BE Irlande 51, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/05/19

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UK visa problems worry scientists

UK visa problems worry scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Immigration policies scare off foreign talent, warn critics.

 

The United Kingdom’s increasingly tough stance on immigration is driving foreign scientists to competing nations, the academic community has warned.

At a meeting with the Home Office last month, representatives of leading universities and scientific organizations said that unwelcoming government rhetoric about reducing immigration, together with complicated visa procedures for visiting researchers, make Britain an unattractive destination for scholars. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 04 February 2014

 

 

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