New Zealand's New International Student Visa Scheme
New Zealand has launched a pilot scheme that will enable international students to study for up to three consecutive study programs under a single, five-year pathway visa. The new visa aims to simplify the visa process for international students and thus make New Zealand more competitive as a study destination. The new visa scheme will also give more flexible work rights for students for the duration of their studies.
Immigration Policy Changes in 2015
Immigation policies of major destination countries affect international student mobility flows in significant ways. Particularly important is the post-study work and immigration prospects in determining the attractiveness of a study destination. In 2015, Canada introduced an Express Entry system, a new process by which foreigners, including international students, would be selected for immigration. It is unclear at the moment how the new system will affect international students’ immigration prospects. The UK announced in July that it would remove work rights for non-EU students who are in further education (non-degree programs), among other restrictive measures.