Archive - June 2021

Latest info is out on COVID vaccination certificate for Germany travel

How to obtain a German Digital COVID Vaccine Passport for Travel

The Robert Koch Institute is the German research institute tasked with disease control and prevention in Germany. The Institute has published every necessary information for those who want to get a COVID Vaccination Passport for Germany travel.

The Institute has released a guide that revealed important information regarding the vaccination passport. The guide says that individuals fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 are eligible to get their certificate at a pharmacy. But they must provide proof of vaccination as well as their identification card to be eligible for Germany travel.

As the institute notifies, the federal states implement the issuance of COVID Vaccination Passport. If an individual gets fully vaccinated in a doctor’s office, that doctor has the authority to issue a certificate of vaccination. These certificates are in the form of a unique QR code.

For individuals already been vaccinated against the COVID-19 in vaccination centers of federal states, the code is delivered to them through email or via online portals.

The vaccination passport will be available in digital format to those who download the CovPass app on their smartphone.

The CovPass app saves the information about the vaccination status in the smartphone’s working memory. The app can quickly show whether a person has taken protection from the virus via vaccination. The app doesn’t reveal any other information except details like the holder’s status of vaccination, date of birth, name, and surname. This is applicable to those going on Germany travel.

As per plans, the app could be used to check evidence of recovery from the COVID-19 and proof of a test result in the negative.

The CovPass will be used as a supplement to the yellow vaccination certificate. With it, anybody can prove their status of COVID-19 vaccination by taking a print of the vaccination certificate or the yellow vaccination certificate. The CovPass can be used completely on a voluntary basis.

The EU has introduced the EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport. The aim of this move is the restoration of the freedom of travel within the EU block. With such a document, travel restrictions such as quarantine, entry bans, and testing requirements will be abolished for Germany travel as well.

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Fast-track visa processing for critical workers to work in Australia

Australia adds 22 occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The Australian Government will fast-track the processing of visas for migrant workers eligible to work in Australia if they possess the skills listed in the expanded list of priority jobs.

Alex Hawke, Australia’s Immigration Minister, has announced 22 categories of jobs that will be added to the PMSOL. This list is designed to attract workers with critical skills to work in Australia.

The occupations considered critical and are hence a part of PMSOL include civil engineers, chefs, and software programmers. They are among those who will have their visas processed on priority.

Mr. Hawke shared the observation that Australia considers the eligible workers who will work in Australia in the PMSOL occupations as job multipliers. Their role in the recovery of Australia’s economy will be crucial.

The PMSOL currently has 41 occupations listed. It was first made in September 2020 coordinating with the National Skills Commission.

The expansion of PMSOL was done after the government got feedback from business stakeholders in Australia as well as industry bodies that had skill vacancies of a critical level, requiring a filling.

The latest move by the Australian government was welcomed by AMMA and 2 of the nation’s peak hospitality bodies. They were of the opinion that it will help in addressing serious shortages of skilled workers.

Tourism Accommodation Australia and the Australian Hotels Association urged the government to include chefs on the list of critical skills.

Visa holders must meet their own quarantine expenses

Australia’s borders are still closed to international arrivals. It’s in this situation that the current revision has been implemented.

Estimates suggest that net Australian migration will take a minimum of 2 years for it to go back to pre-pandemic levels.

Sponsored visa holders in an occupation listed in PMSOL will have to meet the expenses for quarantine arrangements themselves.

Changes to working holiday visa

The government of Australia will try to address shortages in the workforce in northern and remote areas of the country. This shortage of people to work in Australia will be solved via changes to the WHM program.

These foreign workers working in the tourism and hospitality sector in those remote areas could now bring such work to be considered while applying for the extension of their stay in Australia.

This option will be provided to WHMs filing applications for extension from March 2022.

As of now, working holiday visa holders must complete 88 days of specified work to get eligibility for an extension.

Occupations currently on the PMSOL list

  • 221111 – Accountant (General)
  • 221213 – External Auditor
  • 233211 – Civil Engineer
  • 233215 – Transport Engineer
  • 232212 – Surveyor
  • 234611 – Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • 261311 – Analyst Programmer
  • 351311 – Chef
  • 221113 – Accountant Taxation
  • 221214 – Internal Auditor
  • 233214 – Structural Engineer
  • 233611 – Mining Engineer
  • 232213 – Cartographer
  • 251912 – Orthotist / Prosthetist
  • 261399 – Software & Applications Programmers
  • 221112 – Accountant Management
  • 233311 – Electrical Engineer
  • 233212 – Geotechnical Engineer
  • 233612 – Petroleum Engineer
  • 232214 – Other Spatial Scientist
  • 261211 – Multimedia Specialist
  • 262112 – ICT Security Specialist

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PMSOL – Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

AMMA – Australian Resources and Energy Group

WHM – Working Holiday Maker

Australian migration policy to keep variables in Migration Program 2021-22 unchanged

Update on Australia Migration Program 2021-22-1

The Department of Home Affairs has put an end to speculation on the Migration Program 2021-22. DHA has given the confirmation that the program will carry forward the program’s composition and planning levels of 2020-21 in 2022. There will be no change in the number of places for the skill stream either. This means that there won’t be dramatic changes in Australian migration policy regarding the Migration Program for 2021-22.

The Migration Program of the financial year 2021- 2022 is slated to have a total planning level of 160,000 places. This includes 77,300 places for the family stream and 79,600 places for the skill stream.

The planning level for Business Innovation & Investment Program planning remains at 13,500. The planning level for the Global Talent Visa Program is 15,000. The Employer-Sponsored visa will maintain its planning level at 22,000.

The Minister of Immigration of Australia had reallocated places in some skilled visa categories recently as part of the government’s Australian migration policy. This was done in response to border, health, economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19. However, those changes only applied to the current program.

In 2021-22, the skill stream will maintain its focus on such categories of visas that will contribute to the rebound of the economy in Australia after the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Australian migration policy, priority will be given to visas that drive job creation, economic growth, and investment in Australia.

The government has increased places for categories that are sponsored by employers in Australia. This move indicates an increase in demand.

The importance of planning levels

When it comes to DHA’s planning levels ceiling for every stream is critical to the Migration Program. But practically, they serve the purpose as mere numbers. They are never treated as targets.

Importance of the skill stream

The skill stream contributes close to 50% of the Migration Program and has a prominent place in Australian migration policy. The stream is focused on migrants who are highly skilled. They belong to the streams of Business Innovation & Investor Program, Employer-Sponsored immigration program, and Global Talent stream.

There’s a very critical need of calibrating the skilled pathways made available for immigration candidates. Only by addressing this need can the requirements of the Australian businesses can be met. That way, Australia’s economy will be rejuvenated as it revives itself from the COVID-19 pandemic period.

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Updates in the UK PSW visa cheered by international students

UK post-study work visa deadline extended

An extension is now declared for the deadline for entry to qualify for the new UK PSW visa. This is great news to international students who are seeking a UK PSW visa. The visa allows them to work, or seek a job, for 2 years after they complete their studies.

Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, had announced the new PSW visa after its revamping in 2020. Applications to the new visa will be accepted in July 2021.

Talking of requirements for visa application, students doing courses off-campus and online due to the COVID-19 pandemic had to be in the UK by June 21, 2021. Only then they could qualify for a PSW visa.

But now, the Home Office has made an amendment to its guidance. The Home Office has extended the deadline from June 21, 2021 to September 27, 2021.

Home Office PSW Visa Guidance Update

  • Applicants who commenced their studies in the Autumn of 2020 have until September 27, 2021, to come to the UK permitted as a student so that they are eligible to apply to the graduate route.
  • Students who commenced their studies in January/February 2021 must be in the UK before September 27, 2021.

UUKI, a representative organization for 146 universities, has issued the advisory to international students. These candidates who are holding out for an offer from a UK university must contact their institution to learn about the latest plans for commencing their studies in September 2021.

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PSW – Post Study Work

UUKI – Universities UK International

More than just do’s and don’ts: Update on Germany travel this summer

Who can Travel to Germany this Summer _ What are the Rules

Strict lockdown measures have been practiced in Germany owing to the COVID-19. It has created uncertainty in Germany travel just like it happened globally.

Now, even though stringent restrictions on entry existing, Germany’s borders are open to those arriving for essential purposes. They must be arriving from the EU/Schengen Area countries and third countries.

Since July 2020, Germany began to permit border entry from various countries. But as of now, it’s impossible to enter the territory of the latter for the purposes of tourism for non-EU nationals.

Germany has nevertheless decided to allow entry without restrictions for certain nations in the EU/Schengen Area as well as other countries. Travelers from these countries can make Germany travel with some leniency.

Countries permitted by Germany travel inside its borders

On the basis of the data given by the Federal Ministry of Interior, Building & Home Affairs of Germany, entry to the country is allowed to the EU Member States as well as Schengen-associated countries. These include Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

In addition, following a recommendation of the EU, travelers arriving from Israel, Australia, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, and South Kore are also permitted to enter Germany.

Those coming from the EU and Schengen Area nations listed as “high incidence areas” or “risk areas” have to register online. While doing Germany travel they also have to provide a negative result for the COVID-19 test done not earlier than 48 hours before they arrive in Germany. In addition, they must stay self-isolated for 10 days.

Travelers from these areas with proof of COVID-19, vaccination or recovery can forego testing and requirements of quarantine.

The negative PCR test result shouldn’t be older than 72 hours. Testing certificate in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian is recognized.

For those who vaccinated against the COVID-19 the certificate of vaccination is recognized in the same languages. The vaccine doses approved by Germany include Moderna, Comirnaty, Janssen, and Vaxzevria.

Travelers from the countries and regions listed below are permitted for Germany travel without restrictions:

  • Austria: only Jungholz and Mittelberg/Kleinwalsertal
  • Faroe Islands
  • Iceland
  • Malta
  • Portugal, except Madeira and the Azores
  • Spain, except
    • Andalusia
    • Canary Islands
    • Castilla and León
    • Extremadura
    • Basque Country
    • Aragon
    • Cantabria
    • Cataluña
    • Madrid
    • La Rioja
    • Asturias
    • Castilla-La Mancha
    • Ceuta
    • Melilla Navarra
  • Australia
  • Greenland
  • Ireland, except Dublin, Mid-East, and Midland regions
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • China
  • Finland, except for the Päijät-Häme region
  • Israel
  • Norway, except Viken, Oslo, Vestfold og Telemark, and Agder
  • South Korea

EU countries on the high incidence list are:

  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Slovenia
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden

Germany’s list of profoundly affected countries by COVID-19

High incidence areas are those countries and regions with over 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days. Strict rules are applied to the arrivals from these countries.

  • Egypt
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Qatar
  • Maldives
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Argentina
  • Cabo Verde Chile
  • Georgia
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Seychelles
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Bahrain
  • Costa Rica
  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Paraguay
  • Sudan
  • Syria

Countries where COVID virus variants have spread widely along with mutations and rapid transmission that Germany guards itself against includes:

  • Botswana
  • India
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe
  • Northern Ireland
  • Brazil
  • Lesotho
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • Eswatini
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Uruguay
  • The UK

Rules for arrivals from high-incidence and COVID virus variant mutation areas

All those wishing for Germany travel after a stay of over 10 days in an area of high COVID risk must present COVID-19 test results in the negative. They also must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery. But those who have traveled through such high-incidence areas without stopping there are exempted from the mandatory criteria.

Those traveling by air must show a negative COVID-19 test result. One of these should be provided prior to departure and the other upon entry in Germany. The responsibility to check the negative test result document prior to departure is of the airline.

The same rules apply to people traveling by bus, train, or ferry.

Travelers who have made a stay in a high-risk area due to COVID-19 are also required to fill in a digital entry registration form and carry the confirmation code received.

Germany’s Simple Risk Areas

Barring the 2 areas mentioned above, Germany has also categorized nations in another list. This list is called “Simple risk areas”. This list includes nations with increased infection risk of COVID-19 that were mentioned in no list indicated above.

In recent times, Sweden, Turkey, and Lithuania moved from the high-risk list to the simple risk area list. So, the arrivals from these nations have exemptions from requirements made strict. Among other simple risk areas today are the Norwegian regions of Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark.

The following regions and countries aren’t any longer treated as risk areas:

  • Czechia, Italy, Vatican City
  • France: Mayotte, Corsica, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and New Caledonia
  • Croatia: Istria, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Karlovac, Požega-Slavonia, Krapina-Zagorje, and Split-Dalmatia
  • Netherlands: Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, and Sint Eustatius
  • Switzerland: Basel-Stadt Basel-Land, cantons of Aargau, Graubünden, Solothurn, Zurich, Ticino, and Zug

Quarantine requirements

  • All people who have been in a COVID high-risk area in the last 10 days need to quarantine. All of those who are arriving from these risky areas must go to their accommodation ASAP after arrival. They must stay self-isolated for 10 days.
  • Those arriving from areas where virus variants have spread have to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

During the period of self-isolation, nobody can leave their accommodation. None can receive visitors too.

Exemption from quarantine is granted for people in the following categories:

  • Those who traveled through high incidence or high-risk areas sans any stopovers
  • Those traveling to transit via Germany
  • Those who have made a stay in an area with COVID risk for under 24 hours or those who depart from Germany within 24 hours of entry

Travel insurance for Germany travel

All persons wanting to travel to Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic are urged to buy an extended travel insurance package. It must cover situations of pandemic and epidemic.

With the insurance, even if the trip gets canceled due to the COVID-19, the traveler can save most of the money spent on reservations.

Any traveler can buy the protection of medical travel insurance for Germany at a nominal cost from Europ Assistance, AXA Assistance, or MondialCare.

EU digital COVID-19 passport in Germany

Germany joined the EU gateway on 10th May. On June 1, the country began the issuance of the first vaccination certificates for travelers.

What Is Open in Germany?

In Germany few places including few hotels are open. But tourists aren’t allowed to make overnight stays. Only those traveling for essential purposes can stay at hotels.

Places like architectural sites, museums, zoos, and galleries have gradually started to reopen in different parts of the country. As a consequence, restaurants in these areas are allowed to open for dining outdoors. But if persons from not the same household are sitting at the same table, they are required to carry a test result in the negative.

Attractions in areas with under 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are allowed to reopen only with appointment bookings.

Germany’s busiest and leading airports are open. These include Frankfurt, Berlin Brandenburg, Munich, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf. There, international flights have resumed operation.

As of now, there is no national curfew imposed. Everyone must wear masks in public areas. All must respect the rules for social distancing too.

The vaccines offered by the authorities in Germany include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

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Top 20 Universities in the World for 2022

It’s time yet again to check out which universities in the world have ranked on top in the QS World University Ranking 2022.

There are 1,300 universities from around the world that have been considered to create the final ranking list. 5 key metrics played their part in deciding at which rank each university stood in the ranking list.

So, are you interested to study abroad? Here’s your chance to learn about the place various universities have in the world and decide which university is fit to satisfy your ambitions.

A large part of the global population is desirous of migrating to study abroad and learn the courses in the subjects that they wish to master. So many countries are offering world-class education. The educational institutions there are setting examples to prove that even in a hard time created by the COVID-19, the aspirations of international students won’t go unfulfilled.

We are glad you are ready to study abroad and explore the possibilities of building a career overseas.

Here are the top universities in the QS World University Ranking 2022.

Rank 10 – University of Chicago

The University of Chicago was established in 1856. It’s a private research university based in Chicago, USA. It’s one of the top universities in the USA outside of the Ivy League.

There are approximately 16,000 students enrolled in the university and 4,696 international students studying there. The male to female ratio in the university is 56.44.

There are over 400 clubs and societies run by students in the university. The University of Chicago bowl team is one of them. Do you have an interest in film and media? If yes, then this university is a great choice as it’s home to the longest continuously active student film society, Doc Films. The university also publishes several newspapers and magazines.

COVID-19 update
·      Limited on-campus activities at the university

·      Classes on campus and online

·      Applicants not allowed to visit the university in person

Rank 8 – UCL, London

UCL is among the top-ranked universities in the UK. Its approach to academia is greatly transformational and progressive. PG students in this university learn practically and follow a hands-on approach to studies. The university is a favorite for thinkers, industry disruptors, and innovators.

Research lies at the heart of UCL’s mission. It’s a leading research university in the world.

Rank 8 – ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich university was started in 1855. It’s one of the leading universities in the world in science & technology. The university is well-known for its research and innovation that are regarded as cutting-edge. Its alumni have 21 Nobel laureates, 2 Pritzker Prize winners, 2 Fields Medalists, and 1 Turing Award winner.

The university is also known by the name of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The university has 16 departments offering academic education and conducting scientific research in various subjects including chemistry, physics, engineering, and architecture.

Though students at the university are pretty loaded with study work, activities such as cultural and leisure events, symposia, and conferences take place regularly on the campus. The largest annual event in the university is the SOLA relay race. Polyball is another major event at the university.

Rank 7 – Imperial College London

It’s a unique institution in the UK. The university focuses on engineering, science, business, and medicine. The university offers the finest of research-based learning. It also provides the opportunity to work with teams including people from various nations and cultures.

The campus of the university has students from over 140 countries. The multi-cultural presence extends even to the college’s staff including its professors and other teaching staff.

Rank 6 – California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Caltech is one of the finest research and education institutes in science and engineering. It’s located in Pasadena, California.

Caltech boasts of high research output. It has many facilities meeting high standards in quality. An example is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Also among the notable facilities are the International Observatory Network and the Caltech Seismological Laboratory.

Caltech is part of a small group of technology institutes in the US that’s devoted primarily to teaching applied sciences and technical arts. The university features an extremely competitive admission process. Such high challenges for students ensure that only a few of the most gifted students get admitted into the university.

The university is home to the Einstein Papers Project. It’s an initiative that seeks to preserve, translate, and publish chosen papers from Albert Einstein’s estate. The university has also set up an energy innovation hub.

COVID-19 update
·      International students still accepted

·      All arrivals at the university to first follow self-quarantine guidelines for all travelers

·      All campus-visit activities related to admissions are suspended indefinitely

Rank 5 – Harvard University

The Harvard University was established in 1636. It’s the oldest educational institution in the US. The university leads not only in the US but the world in terms of its reputation, influence, and academic pedigree.

A total of 21,000 students attend Harvard. It takes a high level of brilliance to be a student of Harvard, and it’s a costly affair too. Nevertheless, the university offers financial aid packages that about 60% of the students can take benefit of.

Harvard boasts of having 8 US Presidents in its alumni. Besides them, the university’s alumni include 62 living billionaires, several foreign heads of state, 242 Marshall Scholars, and 359 Rhodes Scholars.

Also in its alumni are winners of Nobel Prizes, Academy Awards, or Pulitzer Prizes. Alumni and students of the university have also won 108 Olympic medals.

COVID-19 update
·      International students invited to study at Harvard should contact their academic department for information

·      Contact staff by email and telephone while the admissions office is closed

·      No information sessions or tours will suffer cancelation

·      Visitas is now currently held virtually

Rank 3 – University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution. It was founded in 1209. Today, it has a strength of over 18,000 students coming from different countries of the world.

The university is divided into 31 autonomous colleges. If you want to apply, you will have to do so to the college individually.

The university has 6 academic schools namely:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Technology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

These are spread across the colleges of the university that has around 150 faculties as well as other institutions.

Cambridge is famous for being a vibrant place for a student to be in. The university has over 100 libraries with over 15 million books in them.

Also, the university houses 9 world-famous arts, cultural, and scientific museums. These include the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard. These are accessible to the public as they are open to them throughout the year. Also present is a botanical garden.

Rank 3 – Stanford University

Stanford University is situated in Silicon Valley which is home to tech giants like Google, Yahoo, and Hewlett Packard. Many of the cutting-edge tech companies in Silicon Valley were founded by alumni and faculty, who still lead these companies.

The university is nicknamed the “Billionaire factory”. Stanford has one of the largest campuses in the US. The campus has 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and 7 schools namely:

  • School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • Law School
  • the Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of Education
  • School of Humanities & Sciences
  • School of Medicine

The university was founded in 1885. In over a century of its existence, the university has created 19 Nobel Laureates. The Stanford campus is a community of over 11,000 accomplished, creative people from all over the world.

Nearly all UG and 60% of graduate students reside on the university campus. There are over 625 organized groups of students, showing the rich and diverse student community the university call itself home to.

COVID-19 update
·      The Stanford Office of UG Admission is indefinitely closed

·      Processing of applications continued

·      Contact office via email

·      All programs, tours, and information sessions for students stand canceled

·      The Visitor Center is closed indefinitely

Rank 2 – University of Oxford

It’s the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university has 22,000 students. Around half of them are UG students. 40% of the students in the university are international students. A quarter of residents in the city of Oxford comprises students. This has led to the city being home to the youngest population in the UK.

There are 4 academic divisions within Oxford university namely:

  • Humanities
  • Physical & Life Sciences
  • Mathematical
  • Social Sciences
  • Medical Sciences

The university is particularly strong in the sciences. It’s ranked number one in the world in the field of medicine.

The features as a cosmopolitan city that’s youthful and with so much to see and do. Students can spend their time studying or get themselves to many extracurricular activities.

The university has an alumni network of more than 250,000 people. They include:

  • 26 Nobel Prize winners
  • 30+ modern world leaders
  • 120+ Olympic medalists
  • 7 poets laureate
COVID-19 update
·      Applications for graduate courses are processed

·      For an English-language test, the university at present has a deadline set for the summer in the UK

Rank 1 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT is an institution that has made advancements of knowledge in science, technology, and scholarly areas to make the world a better place has grabbed the top spot in the QS World University Ranking for 2022.

The motto of MIT is “Mind and Hand”. MIT was found in 1861 as a small community of science lovers and problem solvers who wanted to bring their knowledge to the betterment of the world.

Today, the institution has evolved into an educational behemoth. It’s a coeducational, independent, and privately endowed university. It’s organized into 5 schools namely:

  • engineering
  • management
  • architecture and planning
  • humanities, arts, & social sciences
  • science

The core principle of MIT is educational innovation. The university has 11,000 UG and graduate students and 1,000 faculty members.

The researchers at MIT are among the best in the world when it comes to climate adaptation, AI, poverty eradication, cancer treatment, and HIV treatment.

The excellence of MIT in fields other than science and technology is evident from the fact that 20% of its UG students join sports teams. The university has 33 varsity sports that make it one of the broadest intercollegiate programs in athletics at the world level.

There are 12 museums and galleries on the university campus. The MIT Museum brings in close to 125,000 visitors per annum.

The faculty members of MIT include even Guggenheim fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners.

So, there you have it. Now, this could make you think and choose the best universities in the world when you are ready to study abroad.

COVID-19 update
·      Information sessions and tours for students canceled

·      The on-campus admissions office is indefinitely closed, but answering phone calls and emails.

·      Students with classes interrupted by COVID-19 won’t be penalized during the process of admission.

·      MIT won’t sponsor or host an in-person K-12 student programming through the summer of 2020

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USCIS acts again to improve US immigration, US govt. scraps Trump memo

Visa or extension applications will not be denied outright, under new USCIS policy

The US administration has prioritized the improvement of the country’s legal immigration system and it’s going about the removal of unnecessary impediments existing in US immigration processes, especially those that concern visas to work in USA.

The USCIS has made an announcement that introduces a series of updates in its immigration policy. This will be good news to immigration candidates in different countries in the world. It will develop the aspiration in foreigners to work in USA.

The latest among the rules updated is the rescindment of a memo issued in the Trump era (July 2018). USCIS has rescinded the memo that allowed immigration officers to deny requests for benefit outright. These requests include a visa application or an application for a visa extension. The memo had authorized US immigration officers to deny without seeking further evidence first or issuing a NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny).

The government has reinstated a policy memo from June 2013. With this move, USCIS has made a statement that companies and foreign nationals should in the general case be provided a chance to correct mistakes that can be deemed innocent as well as omissions that happen unintentionally. The above-said parties should ideally be given a chance to submit additional evidence, foregoing the need for a resubmission of the complete application.

USCIS has also given clarity on the criteria for expedited US visa processing. Besides proving helpful to applicants, the validity period has been extended to 2 years for EADs (employment authorization documents) for applicants for Green Card.

What is expedited visa processing?
Expedited visa processing is done as a service exclusively for a special situation that USCIS finds eligible for due consideration for those who request benefits. It serves those who need their immigration benefit requests adjudicated urgently. The review of such requests is done by USCIS on a case-by-case basis.

It’s also learned that USCIS has clarified the criteria for whether a case of immigration can be given expedited treatment owing to severe financial loss. In case a company wants to speed up the judgment of an immigration case, it may show proof of a severe financial loss. The company is expected to also demonstrate if it’s facing a risk of losing a critical contract, failing, or is contemplating employee lay-offs.

In the case of an individual, he/she could show proof of serious financial loss by proving a loss of job. However, their need to get employment authorization alone, sans other compelling factors, wouldn’t warrant expedited treatment.

Under the new policy, non-profit organizations can also make a request to expedite their US immigration visa applications. This can be done even if premium processing is available, for a fee of $2,500, in such cases. This is known to reduce costs for non-profit organizations.

A 2-year validity is available for applicants of Green Card who apply for an EAD (Employment Authorization Document). This will be so for both the first and renewal EAD.

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Migrate to Australia on any visa, get COVID-19 vaccine for free!

Temporary visa holders, including international students also eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine in Australia

Good news from Australia! The Australian government has decided to give the vaccination against COVID-19 freely to foreigners, no matter what their visa type or status is. This will be implemented under the government’s COVD-19 vaccination policy.

The Australian health department states that the provision for free vaccination is available to every temporary migrant. This will include people refugees, temporary visa holders, people in detention centers, asylum seekers, and those holding canceled visas.

Millions of people have got the COVID-19 vaccines administered on them the world over. In Australia, TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), which is the government’s agency for medicine and therapeutic regulation, has made assessments of 2 vaccines given to the people in the country. These are AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

It’s the claim of TGA that both vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death in the event of them catching the COVID-19. This is a point of view that’s endorsed by most health practitioners in Australia. They believe that vaccines help in offering protection to the health of the people in general. Vaccines also help individuals facing the risk of disease besides aged people.

Also, the vaccination program is crucial in the circumstance of new strains of the COVID-19 virus been found in Australia.

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Visa delays cast a shadow on US immigration with troubled applicants

US visa processing delays likely for foreseeable future

Recently the 2021 NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference was held.

In the conference concerns about international students losing the chance to attend classes in the US universities have been raised by concerned parties. The huge visa backlogs have been admitted to by an official at the US State Department at the conference.

The same official stated that US consulates and embassies all over the world don’t expect the resuming of full services in the near future.

The official added that US Embassies and Consulates worldwide don’t expect to resume ‘full services’ any time soon. This has placed US immigration in a tricky place.

Challenges for international students

The challenges faced by international students due to the issues in the US visa application process were discussed in the conference. International students are finding it difficult to get appointments. The discontinuation of visa services in China was specifically discussed. Thankfully, those visa services are resuming in Beijing now.

The contribution of China to the influx of international students is considerably high in the US. The delay in US visa processing is presenting a grave situation for educational migration and the academic programs at institutions in the US.

It seems the US is telling visa applicants to wait longer. This indicates that the US visa applications are going to take longer than expected to be processed for a considerable time. This way, US immigration has made matters harder for visa applicants.

The US President, Joe Biden, had however given a directive to the DoS to resume visa processing services in the country. The directive was especially according to executive order 14012.

Under US immigration rules currently followed, the US consulates and embassies are giving priority to travelers having urgent needs. Also in priority are foreign diplomats and travelers of mission-critical categories. The people who come under critical categories include those traveling to the US to serve in the fight against COVID-19 or are arriving to work in USA to maintain food supplies.

Lower priority is assigned to student exchange visitors. The same treatment goes for some applicants of temporary US work visas and student visas.

The proposal to advise students to apply for a US study visa in a US consulate or embassy outside their own country met with criticism at the conference.

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Germany’s grand move by issuing 50,000 visas to work in Germany

Germany’s grand move by issuing 50,000 visas to work in Germany

Since March 1, 2020, Germany has issued over 50,000 visas to trainees and skilled workers from third countries via the Skilled Workers Immigration Act. This all happened after the regulation came into force.

This milestone was announced on June 11, 2021. It was made during a European Commission’s conference by the German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs. The European Commission gave approval to the establishing what’s known as Talent Partnerships involving third countries.

The Talent Partnership has the potential to become a means of attracting skilled foreign workers as well as to strengthen the structures for training in third countries, as stated by the Ministry.

The Ministry also made an announcement on March 1, 2021. The Ministry had brought to light close to 30,000 visas have been granted to specialists who were deemed qualified and trainees from third countries. This happened between March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, even with the COVID-19 pandemic still on.

The Act brings about the implementation of easier procedures, It also implements rules for being employed in Germany for non-EU nationals. This is done by enabling these workers to work in Germany. They could be employed even in jobs that have the possibility of being manned by EU nationals or German citizens. The Act also lets foreigners arrive in Germany for not more than 6 months to look for work.

The Act has been established by German authorities to give easier access to the labor market in Germany for workers qualified to fill many job positions in the country. These positions have remained vacant owing to a lack of skills and skilled workers.

Highly skilled workers from Western Balkans countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, and Kosovo were among those who gained the most benefits from the Act. Listed among the top 10 countries, the citizens of these countries were granted most visas under the Act.

The Commission’s Talent Partnership initiative was launched on June 11, 2021, subject to the New Pact on Migration and Asylum for reasons that are the same. The EU wants to address the shortages of skills in it through the initiative. The EU wants to strengthen partnerships, that are mutually beneficial, on migration with third countries.

Margaritis Schinas, the VP for Promoting our European Way of Life gave his comments on the initiative. He said that legal migration that’s well-managed could result in great benefits to the European economy and society.  This is particularly significant as the EU block emerges from the COVID-19.

EU recognizes that labor migration can play an equally important part in filling the skills gap as much as upskilling the existing workers. It will also boost the potential for innovation in the EU.

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