Study Abroad: Here’s list of countries that brought recent changes in study visas


The number of Indian students pursuing higher education abroad has been steadily increasing each year. According to the latest Indian Student Mobility Report 2023 by the Global Education Conclave, approximately 1.3 million Indian students are currently studying abroad in 2023.In the post-pandemic era, many countries have witnessed a surge in international student immigration, leading to challenges such as accommodation. Consequently, these nations are implementing stricter rules for study visas and post-study work visas.

Here are details on recent changes in immigration policies, particularly concerning students, in a few countries:


Australia, a popular destination for Indian students, has announced updated requirements for English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, and Duolingo English test. The minimum scores for Temporary Graduate visas and student visas have been raised.

Moreover, a new Genuine Student test will be introduced to replace the existing Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. Financial criteria have also been revised, with an increased savings requirement for international students seeking a student visa.

United Kingdom (UK)

The UK, with over 7.5 lakh students arriving annually for various studies, has recently implemented changes. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a ban on overseas students bringing their families to the UK, except for those pursuing postgraduate research degrees. Additionally, international students can no longer switch from student visas to work routes until completing their studies.

A review of the two-year post-study work visa has been initiated, and the visa application fee, including for study visas, has been raised.


Canada has introduced enhanced verification processes for post-secondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) to confirm acceptance letters directly with IRCC. A review of the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program criteria is also underway, along with an increase in the minimum cost of living financial requirement for students.


France has extended the Post-Study Work visa for students earning a Master’s degree from two to five years. Students who have spent a semester studying in France for their master’s or above can now avail a five-year short-stay Schengen visa.


Ireland now allows international students who completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree to remain in the country for two years, while PhD holders may stay for three years, up from one year for undergraduates.


Italy has extended the post-degree stay for Indian students by an additional 12 months. Provisions for professional training and internships have been detailed to align with Italian standards.

New Zealand

New Zealand has announced the acceptance of IELTS One Skill Retake, allowing test takers to retake any one of the four skills. This decision aims to meet the stringent requirements for international migration.

United States of America

The United States has introduced a new rule for student visa applicants in 2023, urging all students applying for F, M, and J student visas to use their own passport information to prevent fraud and abuse of the appointment system.

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