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UK’s New ‘High Potential Individual’ Visa and How it will Benefit Indian Students

On Monday, Britain announced a new High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route, which will benefit graduates from the world’s top 50 non-UK universities, including India. The HPI visa allows students from these top universities to stay and work in the country.

According to this visa, selected candidates will get a minimum of a two-year work visa and a three-year work visa for Ph.D. holders, even if they do not have a job offer in the UK.

In a joint statement, Indian-origin UK cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel stated that the new “exciting” visa aims to attract the “best and brightest” talent regardless of nationality. The UK government mentioned that this new visa is a part of a series of changes in the country’s immigration system after leaving the European Union (EU) and is based on the students’ skills and the contribution they can make, not from where they come. The UK government further mentioned that the new HPI visa route would encourage Engineering, Science, and Medical Research graduates from prestigious universities like Stanford, Harvard, and MIT to bring their skill sets to the UK.

The list of top 50 universities has been identified based on the rankings lists produced annually by QS, Times Higher Education, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The must-knows of the HPI visa for Indian students:

What are the funds required for an HPI visa?

The new HPI visa route will cost around GBP 715 (Rs70,071). As per the report, interested candidates applying under this route need to have funds of at least GBP 1,270 (Rs1,24,462). Candidates will have the option to bring dependents or close family members.

What can and cannot be done with an HPI visa?

Candidates can work in most jobs, look for jobs, remain self-employed, and live in the UK with their partner and children (if eligible). They can also opt for voluntary work, travel abroad, and return to the UK.

Who can apply for an HPI visa?

Students who have graduated from the top 50 universities worldwide are eligible for the HPI visa.

When can you apply for an HPI visa?

If the course you have chosen is not eligible for a student visa, you can apply for an HPI visa to study that course. You may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate to study or research sensitive topics.

Students refused US visa the first time unlikely to get second interview slot this year: US Embassy

During a 30-minute live chat on the Facebook page of US consulate general in Chennai, Donald L. Heflin made some important announcements on different kinds of non-immigrant visas. He is the minister-counselor for consular affairs at the US embassy in Delhi.

As per the US embassy’s latest decision, Indian students who were refused a student visa in the first interview are unlikely to get a second interview slot this year. Donald Heflin reiterated that for F-1 student visa applicants from India, the best chance to get their visa approved is in the first slot as there is a high chance the students won’t get a second or a third interview slot.

What is the new policy change?

Announcing the embassy’s policy change, Heflin stated, “What is really going on with this policy change is that we would rather give all the fresh applicants, who are turning up for the first time for a visa interview to study in a US college, a chance. The best way to do that is to block out the people refused a student visa before.

The students unlikely to get interview slots this year are those who were refused visas two or more times or were turned down in the Spring intake and were planning to apply again in the Summer intake.

He further stated, “We had a high issuance rate last year and a few got a chance for two interviews. This year, we will open student visa interviews earlier in mid-May and hope to issue even more student visas than the 62,000 issued last year, which was more than ever before.”

Due to the Covid-Delta wave last summer, the US embassy and consulates in India started the student visa interviews very late on June 14. By then, many students had already received their I-20 documents from US universities, waiting only for their visa interviews.

Heflin also announced that over the next year, the US embassy expects to issue 80,000 visas to Indians across various categories and by mid-2023, the volume of visas issued is expected to bounce back 100% to pre-Covid times.

More US Universities Mandate Booster Shot for Students Returning On Campus

Several universities, including Ivy League schools, have made it mandatory for the students to receive a COVID booster shot before returning to campus. The deadline for the booster mandate varies from university to university, but in general, every enrolled student (national or international) who is eligible is required to receive the booster shot as a condition to be physically present on campus.

The colleges have accommodated students unable to take the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons, but they must request an exemption. Yale confirmed the same in a statement that read, “Previously approved medical and religious COVID-19 vaccination exemptions will be honored about the booster requirement,”

Other universities that updated their vaccination policy to mandate COVID booster shots include UC Berkeley, New York University, Syracuse University, and Duke University. The mandate also applies to faculty and staff members of most universities.

What happens if students refuse to get a booster shot?

Although not all universities are explicit about the restrictions, eligible students who refuse to adhere to the booster mandate could face enrolment hold, which means students who do not receive the booster by the deadline will not be qualified to enroll in the next quarter. Further, an enrolment hold restricts a student’s ability to complete classes, progress on degrees, get financial aid or even live on campus.

What does this mean for international students?

The booster requirement also applies to students who are fully vaccinated or naturally immunized, or both. However, if an international student refuses to get the booster shot, it could severely affect their enrolment and residency status in the country.

Diogo Braganca, an international student from Stanford University, says if he doesn’t get his booster shot before April 15, 2022, he cannot enroll for the spring quarter, and his J-1 visa will be automatically canceled.

The British Council announces PG scholarships for Indian students and teachers

The British Council has announced a new set of scholarships for students from across India for the academic year 2022-23. The scholarships will be given across various fields to students pursuing their postgraduate studies.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization responsible for educational opportunities and maintaining cultural relations. The council partnered with 16 universities across the UK and announced the scholarships in collaboration with the UK government’s GREAT Britain Campaign. A total of 20 GREAT Scholarships for Indian students will be awarded in a wide variety of subjects like finance, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, psychology, humanities, music and human resources.

A minimum of £10,000 will be awarded under each scholarship. The amount is directed towards the tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course. The scholarships come at the right time–when more and more Indian students are moving abroad for their postgraduate studies and better work opportunities. To know more about the eligibility criteria, available courses, university-specific deadlines and participating UK universities, get in touch with our expert counselor.

Additionally, six fully-funded scholarships for English teachers from India have also been announced by the British Council. Three of these scholarships are being offered for a face-to-face or full-time MA programme at the University of Leeds. The remaining three scholarships are available for teachers wishing to pursue online or part-time MSc programmes offered by the University of Stirling. The online programme includes a fully-funded residential visit of two weeks to the university. English teachers working with or in the primary or secondary government schools in India can apply for these scholarships and can study at any of the two listed UK universities for postgraduate study of English language teaching.

Besides the postgraduate scholarships, an additional seven GREAT scholarships are also available for programs in Justice and Law. Indian students who wish to study subjects related to human rights, criminal or commercial law in the UK can apply for these scholarships.

The UK is amongst the top study-abroad destinations in the world owing to its high-quality education, range of scholarships and employment opportunities available. Book a free fifteen-minute session with our counselor and get expert guidance on studying in the UK.

MIT reinstates SAT and ACT mandate for admissions

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reinstated the requirement of SAT and ACT scores for admissions. In the long list of universities that suspended the test score requirements owing to the covid-19 pandemic, MIT became the first prominent university to reverse the suspension. It is believed that other universities may soon follow the suit.

About the reinstatement, MIT mentioned that it is an effort to be “transparent and equitable in our expectations”. By reinstating the SAT and ACT score requirement, MIT has rejected the idea that tests hurt diversity and are only a tool for an applicant’s assessment among many others.

The Dean of Admissions, Stu Schmill stated in his blog post, “Our research shows standardized tests help us better assess the academic preparedness of all applicants, and also help us identify socioeconomically disadvantaged students who lack access to advanced coursework or other enrichment opportunities that would otherwise demonstrate their readiness for MIT.”

In July 2020, MIT had suspended the test score requirements as test preparation, and access to test resources had been disrupted by the pandemic. Now, with its updated policy, students applying for the 2022-23 intake will have to submit their SAT and ACT scores. Meaning that transfer students and prospective first-year students who are seeking admission to MIT in 2023 must submit their test scores.

Apart from MIT, a number of other universities are also in the process of reinstating the SAT scores, as these tests play a crucial role in the undergraduate admission process.

US universities Roll Back GRE Waiver as Global Pandemic Phases Out

As the dark clouds of the COVID – 19 wave have steadily faded off, campus life across the world is getting normal. Several US universities that had waived off the GRE are reverting to the pre-pandemic admission process by reinstating the GRE scores for the upcoming intakes. 

US Universities have reinstated the GRE as a Part of their Admission Process:

During the pandemic, test centers were closed, and the students were facing difficulties taking GRE, so to help the prospective students, several universities had waived off the GRE. However, as the situation is getting back to normal now, universities are getting back to their normal admission process and reinstating the GRE as one of the most important requisites.

According to a study conducted by Jamboree Education for the top programs in courses related to Business Analytics, Computer Science, Data Science, etc., 80% of the universities either require the GRE or say it is highly recommended for their Master’s programs.

Here is the list of a few universities that rolled back the GRE waiver: 

 

University Name Program GRE / GMAT (Median Scores of Accepted Students)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MS in Business Analytics Recommended
UT Austin MS in Business Analytics Required
John Hopkins MS in Business Analytics & Risk Management Required
University of Southern California MS in Business Analytics Not required
University of Colorado Boulder MS in Business Analytics Required
UMD College Park MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign MS in Technology Management Recommended
University of Iowa MS in Business Analytics Not Required
UIC MS in Business Analytics Required
Arizona State University MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Minnesota MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Cincinnati MS In Business Analytics Required
Boston University MS In Business Analytics Required
UT Dallas MS in Business Analytics Flex Required
University of Rochester MS in Business Analytics Required
Ohio State University Specialized Master in Business Analytics Required
University of Virginia (Darden) MS in Business Analytics Optional
Drexel University MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Connecticut MS in Business Analytics & Project Management Required
NJIT MS in Business and Information Systems Required
Columbia University MS in Business Analytics Optional
Duke University MS in Business Analytics Required
Georgia Institute of Technology MS Analytics Required
Purdue University MS Business Analytics & Information Management Required
Indiana University Bloomington Online MS in Business Analytics Required
Northwestern University MS Analytics Required
UC Davis MS in Business Analytics Required
Michigan State University MS in Business Analytics Required
NCSU MS in Analytics Not required
Southern Methodist University MS in Business Analytics Required
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute MS in Business Analytics Optional
University of Notre Dame MS in Business Analytics Required
George Washington University MS in Business Analytics Optional
Washington University at St. Louis MS in Business Analytics Required
UC San Diego MS in Business Analytics Required
American University MS in Analytics Required
Wake Forest University MS in Business Analytics Required
Case Western Reserve University MSM Recommended
Georgia State University MS in Data Science & Analytics Not Required
Fordham University MS in Business Analytics Required
William & Mary’s Mason School of Business MS in Business Analytics Required
Santa Clara University MS in Business Analytics Required
Bentley University MS in Business Analytics Required
Syracuse University MS in Business Analytics Recommended
Saint Joseph’s University MS Business Intelligence & Analytics Required
University of Denver MS in Business Analytics Optional
California Polytechnic State University MS in Business Analytics Required
Tulane University MS in Business Analytics Required
Golden Gate University MS in Business Analytics Not Required
College of Saint Rose MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Central Oklahoma MS Business Analytics Not Required
St. Peter’s University MS in Business Analytics Not Required
Clarkson University MS in Applied Data Science Required
University of Michigan MS In Business Analytics Required
UT Arlington MS Business Analytics Required
University of Utah MS in Analytics Optional
Louisiana State University MS in Analytics Required
Creighton University MS in Business Intelligence & Analytics Required
University of Tennessee MS in Analytics Required
Catholic University of America MS In Data Analytics Not Required
University of Colorado Denver MS in Business Analytics Required
Benedictine University MS in Business Analytics Required
New Jersey City University MS in Business Analytics & Data Science Not Required
University of Miami MS in Business Analytics Not Required
University of Dallas MS in Business Analytics Not Required
University of South Florida MS Business Analytics & Information Systems Required
Clark University MS in Business Analytics Required
Texas A & M University – Commerce MS in Business Analytics Not Required
University of North Texas MS in Business Analytics Required
University of Washington – Tacoma MS in Business Analytics Recommended
University of St. Thomas MS in Business Analytics Not Required
Emory University MS in Business Analytics Required
Northeastern University MS in Business Analytics Recommended
Suffolk University MS in Business Analytics Recommended
Carnegie Mellon University MS Computer Science Recommended
Stanford university MS Computer Science Not required
University of California, Berkeley MS Computer Science Not Required
University of Illinios, Urbana Champaign MS Computer Science Recommended
Cornell University MS Computer Science Optional
Georgia Institute of Technology MS Computer Science Required
Princeton University MS Computer Science and Engineering Recommended
University of Texas, Austin MS Computer Science Optional
University of Michigan, Ann Arbour MS Computer Science and Engineering Not Required
Columbia University MS Computer Science Optional
University of California, Los Angeles MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Wisconsin, Madison MS Computer Science Required
University of California, San Diego MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Maryland, Collge Park MS Computer science Optional
University of Pennsylvania MSE Computer and Information Science Recommended
Purdue university MS Computer Science Not Required
Rice University MS Computer Science Optional
University of Masachussetts, Amherst MS Computer Science Required
University of Southern California MS Computer Science Not Required
Yale University MS Computer Science Required
Brown University MS Computer Science Recommended
Duke University MS Computer Science Required
John Hopkins University MS Computer Science Required
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Minessotta, Twin Cities MS Computer Science Not Required
New York University MS Computer Science Required
Northwestern University MS Computer Science Recommended
Ohio State University MS Computer Science Not Required
Pennsylvania State University MS Computer Science and Engineering Required
University of California, Irvine MS Computer Science Required
University of Chicago MS Computer Science Required
University of Virginia MS Computer Science Optional
Rutgers,state Univ of New Jersey MS Computer Science Required
University of California—Davis MS in Computer Science Recommended
University of California—Santa Barbara MS Computer Science Recommended
Stony Brook University MS Computer Science Required
University of Colorado—Boulder MS Computer Science Not Required
Virginia Tech MS Computer Science Recommended
Arizona State University MS Computer Science Required
Dartmouth College MS Computer Science Recommended
North Carolina State University MS Computer Science Required
Texas A&M University MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Arizona MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Utah MS Computer Science Optional
Boston University MS Computer Science Required
Northeastern University MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Florida MS Computer Science Required
University of Pittsburgh MS Computer Science Required
University of Rochester MS Computer Science Required
Washington University in St. Louis MS Computer Science Optional
Indiana University—Bloomington MS Computer Science Optional
Michigan State University MS Computer Science and Engineering Recommended
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute MS Computer Science Recommended
University of California—Santa Cruz MS Computer Science Not Required
University of Notre Dame MS Computer Science Optional
Vanderbilt University MS Computer Science Required
Iowa State University MS Computer Science Required
University at Buffalo—SUNY MS Computer Science Required
University of California—Riverside MS Computer Science Required
University of Illinois—Chicago MS Computer Science Required
University of Iowa MS Computer Science Optional
University of Oregon MS Computer Science Required
University of Texas—Dallas MS Computer Science Required
Case Western Reserve University MS Computer Science Recommended
George Mason University MS Computer Science Recommended
Oregon State University MS Computer Science Not Required
Rochester Institute of Technology MS Computer Science Required
Syracuse University MS Computer Science Recommended
University of Delaware MS Computer Science Required
Colorado State University MS Computer Science Required
NJIT MS Computer Science Required
Stevens Institute of Technology MS Computer Science Required
UT Arlington MS Computer Science Required
San Jose State university MS Computer Science Required
San Francisco State university MS Computer Science Required
SUNY Albany MS Computer Science Required
University of South Florida MS Computer Science Required
Kent State university MS Computer Science Recommended
University Of California-Berkeley MIMS Not Required
University Of Maryland College Park MSIS Required
University Of Washington MSIS Recommended
University of Arizona MIS Required
Texas A&m University MIS Required
Carnegie Mellon University MSIM Recommended
George Washington University MSIST Optional
Indiana University, Bloomington MIS Not Required
Arizona State University MS-ISM Required
Iowa State University MIS Not Required
Johns Hopkins University MIS Required
University of Texas-Dallas MIS Required
University of Utah MIS Optional
University of Maryland Baltimore County MIS Not Required
New Jersey Institute of Technology MIS Required
University of Florida MIS Required
Brigham Young University MISM Required
Oklahoma State University MIS Required
Georgia State University MIS Not Required
University of San Francisco MSIS Not Required
Loyola University MSISA Not Required
University of Cincinnati MIS Required
University at Buffalo—SUNY MIS Required
San Diego State University MSIS Required
University of South Florida MS BAIS Required
California State University, Los Angeles MIS Required
California State University, Fullerton MIS Required
Stevens Institute Of Technology MIS Required
University of Texas, Arlington MIS Required
University of Illinois—Chicago MIS Required
George Mason University MIS Optional
Northeastern University MIS Not Required
University of Illinois, Springfield MIS Required
University of Nebraska, Omaha MIS Required
NewYork university (SCPS) MIS Required
CUNY Baruch MIS Recommended
Florida International University MIS Required
Pennsylvania State University MSIS Required
Santa Clara University MIS Required
Seattle Pacific University MIS Optional
University of Pittsburgh MIS Optional
University of Houston–Clear Lake MIS Required
Cleveland state university MIS Required
Virginia Commenwealth University MIS Optional
Illinois State University MIS Required
Syracuse University MIS Recommended

*Optionally, submit a general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. (Highly recommended for International Students and students with a GPA below 3.0).

Education experts believe that it is just the start, and more universities are to follow the suit.

The Graduate Record Examination or GRE has been the core requirement of top universities for admissions in Masters & Ph.D. degree programs along with academic transcripts, language proficiency test scores, and other profile requirements.

Why the Decision of GRE Wavier?

In the last couple of years since the Covid 19 pandemic has set in, many US universities started accepting students based on their academic profile and made GRE test score submission optional.

Jamboree experts believe that it’s a better idea for students, targeting the Fall 2022 intake and academic session intake in 2023, to take GRE, as a good GRE score opens up more options. Here are some reasons that make the GRE important for study abroad MS aspirants.

  • High GRE scores can compensate low GPA in an application.
  • A good GRE score is a reflection of Quantitative aptitude and Verbal reasoning.
  • GRE scores help universities identify the candidates fit for graduate-level studies.
  • GRE opens doors with more choices in programs and universities across the world.
  • Most universities decide scholarships & financial aids based on your GPA & GRE score. Hence, a GRE score can help you in your scholarship offers.

The announcement comes as a huge relief to the students who wish to complement their slightly weak academics with better GRE scores and dream of building bright careers with high-value education from universities abroad.

If you are also planning to take GRE, seek assistance from Jamboree experts. Since 1993, Jamboree has been helping students ace standardized tests. Visit your nearest Jamboree centre of Jamboree website to know more.

Scores of 133 GMAT Aspirants Cancelled for Resorting to Cheating

In a major offset of events, GMAT scores of 133 candidates have been cancelled by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for resorting to unfair means. GMAC, the US-based non-profit organization and the official administrator of GMAT, took this drastic step after the bust of a cheating scandal by the Indian authorities earlier this year.

While most of the students (108) with rescinded scores are from India, the others come from North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. All these 133 candidates are banned from future exams supervised by the GMAC, and any previous exam scores have been cancelled.

“Based on advanced forensics and proprietary security tools, we have overwhelming evidence to cancel these candidates’ scores for serious policy violations, which include proxy test-taking (someone else taking the test on the candidate’s behalf). Universities/colleges, where scores had been sent by these students, have also been notified of their use of unfair means”, the GMAC said. The council further added, “The investigation is on, and GMAC is offering its support to the police, as and where required, to address this malpractice.”

Earlier this year, in January, the Delhi Police cyber cell had busted a cheating racket in Jaipur and made as many as 6 arrests. The police, in its report, has mentioned that the accused was running this ring since 2019 and had hired Russian hackers to hack computers.

While entrance tests have always been marred with sporadic cases of cheating, it is the first time that such a large number of cases have been discovered.

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