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New migration rules in Australia are leading to an increase in visa rejection rates, causing concern for international students hoping to study in the country. Some educational institutions have even withdrawn admission offers to students under the new “Genuine Student Test”, making it harder for many to achieve their goal of studying abroad.

Australia’s new migration strategy – announced in late 2023 and in effect now – has led to significant confusion and disruption in the international education sector as it is disproportionately affecting prospective students from key sending markets. From sharply increased visa rejection rates to slow visa processing to – in some cases – rescinded offers from Australian institutions, international students are feeling the impact of Australia’s strategy to reduce migration levels.

Under Australia’s new migration settings, prospective students must now prove a higher level of savings and a higher level of English proficiency, and must pass a “Genuine Student Test.” But there are complaints that there is a lack of transparency regarding exactly why one visa is refused and another accepted – and even a suggestion that many students are being refused because their own economy offers fewer job prospects than Australia’s does.

Dirk Mulder, the founder of the influential industry journal The Koala News, says that he has obtained wording from visa rejection letters and “while they do change from officer to officer and post to post the following is consistent:”

“[Wording in rejection letter] I have considered all the information provided with the visa application. Given the comparatively greater economic opportunities in Australia and the applicant’s own country, I am not satisfied that the applicant is a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a student.”

Institutions scramble to avoid being penalised

Many institutions are alarmed about the high rejection rates because rejections are pinned to institutions and influence their ability to recruit students successfully. Here’s why:

  • When introducing the reforms, the government warned that providers judged to be at “higher risk” [of accepting unsuitable students or providing sub-par education/supports] would experience slower visa processing times. This refers to a long-standing system in which institutions are categorised into one of three levels: 1 is least risk, 2 is medium risk, and 3 is high risk, where risk refers to the likelihood of accepting non-genuine students based on (recent) historical data.
  • Suffice to say that an institution’s ability to meet its recruitment and admissions targets becomes much more unpredictable if it finds itself categorized as in Level 3, and high visa refusal rates are a major determinant of whether an institution finds itself in that category (other factors are fraudulent applications and students who overstay their visas).

In addition, the “risk list” is expected to be updated soon, heightening concern about extending enrolment offers to students who might be refused a visa. 

Concern about potential visa refusals has reached such a level that some universities have withdrawn confirmations of enrolment to students they feared would not have their visas approved. Meanwhile, other international schools have chosen to limit the countries from which they will accept applications in a bid to increase its visa approval rate.

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ICEF Monitor

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that
the Government of Canada will set an intake cap on international student permit applications to
stabilize new growth for a period of two years. For 2024, the cap is expected to result in
approximately 360,000 approved study permits, a decrease of 35% from 2023. In the spirit of
fairness, individual provincial and territorial caps have been established, weighted by population,
which will result in much more significant decreases in provinces where the international student
population has seen the most unsustainable growth. Study permit renewals will not be impacted.
Those pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and elementary and secondary education are not
included in the cap. Current study permit holders will not be affected.

For more infomation click on the link below:

Canada to stabilize growth and decrease number of new international student permits issued to approximately 360,000 for 2024 – Can

As of 8:30 am ET on January 22, 2024, most students must include a provincial attestation letter
(PAL) from the province or territory where they plan to study with their study permit application.
In most cases, if you apply without a PAL, your application will be returned with fees.

Study permit: Get the right documents – Canada.ca

Applying for a study permit extension on or after January 30, 2024. On January 30, 2024, a new
version of the study permit extension application form (IMM5709) will be available. If you
apply through the IRCC secure account on or after this date, you must use the new version of the
form.
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Study in Poland

Study in Poland

Are you exploring the option of studying in Poland? Poland is fast becoming an education hub, but it comes with certain pros and cons.

Poland has lots to offer international students. It has several English taught programs at affordable tuition, world-class universities, opportunity to work while studying, as well as a much lower cost of living than many European nations, making it the perfect place for those living on a student budget.

Drawbacks include Language barrier. Most communication is in Polish and some documents are even issued in Polish language. There are limited job opportunities and of late it has become difficult to get visa appointments.

 Benefits

  1. Several English-taught programs
  2. World-class universities
  3. Affordable tuition
  4. Opportunity to work while studying
  5. Several paid internships
  6. Large international student community

Drawbacks

  1. Language barrier. Most communication is in Polish , some documents issued in Polish languge
  2. Limited Job opportunities
  3. Difficult to get visa appointment

There is a Difference between Legalization and Nostrification……..

Applying to Polish Universities involves Legalization and Nostrification of Documents.

Legalization is basically authentication of documents. This means the affirmation of their authenticity, which gives the legal force outside the borders of the country of issue. Legalisation shows that: the document was issued by an official authority and makes the document suitable for use in another country. This involves the official from the Ministry certifying that the document is authentic and putting the seal. Legalization must be done in your country (in the country of issue of the diploma/ high school certificate). The method of legalization depends on the country of origin of your high school diploma/certificate. In Zimbabwe documents are certified and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (legal and consular department). One needs to schedule an appointment via email to get their documents legalized. The email address is legalconsular@gmail.com.

Nostrification is the recognition of a foreign certificate by the Polish Education Office. The successfully passed procedure of nostrification will ascertain whether a student has learned a sufficient number of subjects that qualifies them to pursue the program applied for. Nostrification of certificates is approved by The Education office (Kuratorium Oświaty) in Poland. You need to submit it to the Admission Office upon arrival in Poland, before the end of the first semester of study.

Studying abroad is a dream come true for a number of African students who want to experience the vibrancy of foreign culture while studying. But before you pack your bags and head off, there are some important matters that you should think about. The challenges of living away from home, being far from family and friends, managing finances (using a new currency), language barrier, cultural differences – these can be difficult when you’re new in a country halfway across the world.

India is an exciting study abroad destination, and it is constantly striving to improve. Many Indian universities are renowned in their field, something that is especially true for technology: India is well known for its experts in the technological fields, engineering and medicine: Indian medical colleges are famous for providing excellent clinical knowledge, training programs, and expertise.

Benefits of Studying in India

Cost

Studying in India is very affordable. The cost of living and studying is much lower, even the most expensive institution in India could be less than half the price of other destinations like US, UK, Canada etc. Many Indian institutions offer concessions in fees (in form of Institute Scholarship) making quality education affordable.

Quality Education

Indian institutions are academically oriented and have high standards. It is often argued that Indian universities do not rank as well internationally, but they do offer quality education, nevertheless. They’re also highly respected in the world of academia, which means studying there will open up more opportunities for you after graduation!

Advanced Technology 

Studying in India has an excellent track record when it comes to research and innovation. So, if you are into tech and engineering, then this is a good place for you! You’ll be able to explore new frontiers of technology. Also, irrespective of the traditional classroom methods, almost every college/university uses advanced technology to teach better.

 Although pros of studying in India outweigh the cons, we believe it’s always good to check up on the cons before making the final call. Drawbacks include:

Language Barrier

While studying in India, you’re bound to come across many non-fluent English speakers including lecturers in some institutions.

Culture Shock

You can never be completely prepared for culture shock. Though it will be stressful to adjust initially, with changes in food, lifestyle, weather etc., you’ll eventually figure a way out with time.

Popular Courses in India: 

1. Engineering B.Tech and B.Arch, M.Tech, ME, B.E. 

Engineering is the application of mathematics, factual data, scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge to design, create, maintain, research, and enhance organizations, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, processes, and structures.

2. Computer Application-BCA/MCA 

 Computers are becoming essential to education and the young (student) generation’s lifeblood. Computers are becoming increasingly common, and the I.T. sector is developing and expanding. The term “computer application” refers to computer software created to carry out several coordinated tasks and operations for the user. To learn how to use the system, computer application students mainly study those software packages.

3. Medicine-BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgeon) and MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) /Medical & Allied Sciences

Because doctors have the opportunity to save a life, they are held in the highest regard in our society. The doctorate is regarded as the most prestigious degree because doctors can heal and attend medical schools to learn their craft. In India the student must qualify in NEET exam for admission in undergraduate medicine. They can however pursue studies in any Medical & Allied Sciences course like Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Optometry etc. without a NEET score.

4. Nursing B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nursing 

 The need for healthcare is global, so the nursing scope is comprehensive. As a nurse, you’ll be able to assist individuals in various ways, from caring for new mothers to offering advice to patients contemplating suicide. In recent years, India has become the country that exports the most highly qualified nurses.

5. Law B.ALLB/LLB 

 Law is an essential component of society since it is the only way to control a group of people or a society’s behavior; in the absence of law, everything would appear chaotic. Every industry has laws that are laid out to prevent any escalation. Having a law degree makes it easier for us to comprehend the legal system. One of the most revered and sought-after courses to take is this one. It is offered as an integrated degree in India, a Three-year general degree in any field of choice plus Two-year Bachelor of Law (LLB).

Important Links

 Visa Application

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

NEET Registration

https://neet.nta.nic.in/

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