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July 03, 2013

International students face visa woes in UK, Canada

Teaching-English-in-UKThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News website reports on criticism of the UK government's recent announcement that it will increase the cost of student visas over the next two years; and on delays in visa applications due to a strike by Canadian foreign service officers.

Educators critical of UK visa cost hike
International educators have criticised a decision by the chancellor, George Osborne, to raise the cost of a student visa by up to 10% every year for the next two years, saying it will create more barriers to studying in the UK.

The cost of a Tier 4 student visa by post could increase to up to £491 in two years The chancellor proposed the rise during the government’s spending review last week, in which he set out spending plans for 2015-16. To cushion the blow of a 6% cut to the Home Office’s budget, the cost of student and working visitor visas (including the highly-skilled and entrepreneurs) will increase by “no more than 10%” each year.

This means that a Tier 4 student visa, currently priced at £298 by post offshore or £406 onshore, could cost £360 or £491 respectively in two years – more expensive than in Australia (although new levies on some onshore applications cost more), the USA, Canada and New Zealand. The Home Office would not confirm whether the rise would affect student visitors as well.

Read the full story from The PIE News.

Students face Canadian visa delays

Teaching-English-in-CanadaA strike by Canadian foreign service officers threatens to affect student mobility into the country as visa processing times around the world have become severely delayed. Citizenship and Immigration and Canada (CIC) has alerted students to “anticipate delays and submit their application as far in advance as possible”.

Hitting Canadian schools and colleges at the height of their busy season,Languages Canada, the representing body of language training centres, reports members have felt a “definite impact” on registrations.

“We are very concerned about the impact of the strike, and have expressed our concern to the Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration, International Trade, and Foreign Affairs, requesting immediate action,” Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada told The PIE News.

Read the full story on The PIE News.

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