Must know – Recent student visa rule changes in top study abroad countries

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Must know – Recent student visa rule changes in top study abroad countries

After relaxation of COVID policies, there has been a sharp rise in number of international students in several top international study abroad destinations. As a result, these countries are grappling with issues such as unskilled or part-time work going to students leaving the locals in a lurch, insufficient student accommodation, etc. 

These countries have now placed stringent regulations for student visa in order to control the situation.

Here’s a brief synopsis of changes that were made in rules by some top study abroad countries.


  1. International students pursuing graduation won’t be allowed to bring their family member / dependant to the U.K. However, students pursuing PhD / doctorate would be allowed.
  2. Student visa cannot be switched to work visa before student completes the stipulated duration of study program
  3. Visa cost has been revised to INR 51, 787


  1. Facing the highest-ever growth of international students and permanent residents in a single-quarter in 66 years, Canada has made it mandatory for higher education learning institutes to confirm every application directly with IRCC.
  2. Canada has increased the minimum guaranteed amount for international students from CAD 10,000 to CAD 20,365


  1. France has relaxed its visa rules for international students by extending the two-years post-study work visa to five years. With this change, students can apply for short term SCHENGEN visa, seek work opportunities if they have completed a minimum of one semester of masters or doctorate program.


  1. The Irish government has changed post-study visa rules for masters and doctorate students. Those who complete masters in Ireland would be granted two-year post study visa, and those who complete PhD would be granted three-year post study visa.


  1. Australia has re-introduced the 48 hours per fortnight part-time work cap for international students.
  2. Stricter English language mandates have been brought in. Student visa applicants would need to have minimum IELTS score of 6.0.
  3. A higher financial proof is now required – students must submit a savings of AUD 24,505 or more.
  4. Visa application fee has also been marginally increased for student visa; from AUD 650 to AUD 715

As overseas education aspirants, students pursuing graduation, masters or doctorate in top international study abroad destinations must be aware of existing rules related to visa, post study work permit, dependant visa, etc. Not doing so could lead to disappointment and wastage of precious time. 

Reach out to us to gather any other information about student visa rules.

Why Study in Ireland?

Why Study In Ireland

Why Study in Ireland?

What makes Ireland one of the globally preferred destinations and one of the top choices of Indian students pursuing higher overseas education? Well, there are several factors. For one, Ireland is lot like India. The population is young – about 40% of Irish are below 25 years of age; more or less like the average age group of Indians.

Then there is the cultural aspect. Yes. There is a vast difference between Indian and Irish culture. But the important common denominator is that both countries’ cultures are imbibed into the lives and lifestyle of its people.

Of course, then there is the impeccable Irish education framework that has set itself apart from other European countries in past decade or so. The quality of education at Irish universities now rivals many globally recognized European universities. The insightful investment and development made by the Irish in their education sector over the years has made it a European hub of pharma, tech and IT behemoths such as Pfizer, LinkedIn, Twitter, among several others.

Its like a domino effect. One thing leads to the other. Presence of these MNCs has created demand for highly skilled workforce – one of the most sought-after assets. Which means that the deserving students are likely to find more lucrative employment opportunities in Ireland.

Ireland prides itself as a nation of highest standards in quality of education and technological advances. But the Irish are seldom about ‘all work and no play’. They are bubbly and exuberant people, ever ready for a chuckle or two. Keen to indulge in almost anything under the sun, people soon discover there is not one dull moment around an Irish.

This all-round feature of Ireland is probably the reason why more and more students from over 120 countries, including India, are choosing it as their destination for higher overseas education.