Biden administration begins reversing Trump’s damage on H-1B and immigration

As promised, Joe Biden went to work immediately after getting sworn in on January 20. His team set out to reverse the damage the Trump era did to H-1B visas and to the US immigration system. The Trump Administration had made changes through three types of actions: policy changes, regulatory changes, and executive orders. Each type of action requires a different [...]

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The math behind the new H-1B wage rules, and what it means for techies

Taking another parting shot at the employment-based immigration affecting green cards, H-1B & other similar work visas, the Trump Department of Labor (DOL) has published a rule that raises the wages by approximately 30% across the board. What All Stakeholders Must Know This rule is likely to be “stayed” by the Biden administration, Congress, or [...]

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Visa application for UK’s new points-based immigration system kicks in today — here’s all you need to know

Indians now will be able to find it easy to work and study in the UK as applications for new points-based visa and immigration systems kicks in today. The UK’s new post-Brexit points-based immigration system, described by the government as “simple, effective and flexible” will bring home “the brightest and the best” from around the globe, including [...]

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The new US Covid-19 test requirement for travelers: What you need to know

(CNN) — All air passengers 2 and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the United States starting at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, January 26. The new rule, announced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on January 12 and underscored by an executive order signed by President Joe Biden, applies to US citizens [...]

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Canada Is World’s Top Place to Study, According To New Ranking

An education website has placed Canada above the U.S. as the best place to study abroad in the world. Educations.com ranks Canada as number one in its Top 10 Places in the World to Study Abroad – 2020 listing. “Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and [...]

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What a new American president means for international education

As world leaders send their congratulations to the American president-elect Joe Biden, people in the US and beyond have begun to wonder what this change might mean for them. One group who are particularly interested in how the country might change are students considering travelling for their education to the US, which has been a [...]

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External Scholarships

Scholarship Name: Rotary Foundation Global scholarship Grants Active / Inactive: Active Season: Fall Deadline: June 30 Eligibility: Demonstrate knowledge of Rotary Participate in an orientation session before departure (either online or in person) Participate in club and district activities as requested by their sponsors, such as speaking and presenting at club or district meetings and [...]

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Making the Right Decision for Your Higher Education in Australia Amidst Closed Borders

The Australian government has taken the restrictive action of closing its borders for all except citizens of Australia, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although in the best interest of the Australian community, this decision has impacted and sparked an atmosphere of uncertainty, especially among international students looking to pursue their career aspirations in the country. [...]

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Packing list for travelling Abroad

Packing list for travelling Abroad 1. T-shirts (round neck) - 8 2. T-shirts (with collar) - 3-4 3. Jeans (stick to blue/black) - 6-7 4. Formal shirts - 3 5. Formal trousers - 2 6. Undergarments - at least 15 pairs (very important) 7. Formal suit - 1 complete set 8. Ties - 2-3 9. [...]

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How to make your profile irresistible for top universities | Masters in USA

Gaining admission in universities abroad is becoming increasingly competitive. With thousands of applications pouring in against only a few hundred seats, students need to create a profile that stands out and immediately makes the Admission Committee take notice. While it is imperative to work towards creating a strong and unique profile to secure admission into a prestigious university, students are often confused and unsure of how to create a glowing profile. Here are a few pointers that will help to build an excellent profile for Master’s and make a difference.

1) Identify your USP (Unique Selling Point)

Many applicants will have a similar or even better academic record and test scores than you. In order to stand out and make your profile unique, you must identify your USP and highlight it to bring it to the notice of the admission committee. Start by jotting down your strengths. Give specific examples and quote instances from your academic or professional life that can substantiate the strengths you want to highlight.  Focus on strengths that will help you to succeed in the program you’re applying to. A certificate of completion or achievement is a good way to validate your strengths.

Another advice is to compartmentalize your strength into categories such as academic, professional, communication or technical prowess. Thus, identifying your USP and mentioning it in your application essay will help you to put together a powerful application.

2) Write a succinct and powerful Resume

The University admission committee has to go through several thousand applications, but to ensure that the admission committee does not overlook your application, you must create a succinct and powerful one-page long resume which highlights your strengths and achievements. It must provide more information to the admission committee than what is included in the application and helps them to evaluate your candidacy in a better manner. University resumes should be designed to enhance your application and provide yet another opportunity to showcase your worth as an ideal candidate. You must use crisp language and a clean layout, covering topics like academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, volunteer or community service, certifications, research, publications and leadership experience.

3) An interesting and engaging Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) gives you the opportunity to display your passion and interest for the intended specialization and gives you an opportunity to explain the lacunae in your academic credentials. Your focus has to be on clearly explaining the purpose you are applying for a particular specialization. It should also contain a brief introduction of yourself and your academic background. You must also mention your short-term and long-term goals in one paragraph. These goals have to be as specific as possible. Describe your academic or any professional background that is relevant to your purpose. You should also give details about what motivated you to pursue further studies and have you chosen the university you are applying to. This paragraph requires you to research the program, curriculum, and faculty, so that you can highlight the specific aspects that make the university your preferred choice. It is always a good idea to take the opinions of others and seek professional help from experts like education advisers or counsellors as the SOP greatly determines your chance of getting admission in your dream university.

4) Letter of Recommendation

Refer to your strengths in the USP list that you have made and think of people who can vouch for your strengths like a good academic record, motivation, creativity, communication skills, integrity, etc.   You must take help of your professors to write impressive letters of recommendation as they qualify to truly assess your performance and vouch for your academic credentials. However, if you have any work experience ranging to a year or more, then get at least one reference from your workplace as well. A master’s degree requires the student to submit three recommendations; hence it is ideal to get one professional and two academic letters of recommendation. This will give the admission committee a balanced opinion of your academic and professional capabilities.

5) Work experience in a prestigious company

If the company you are currently working in has a very competitive and difficult recruiting process, it makes the Admission Committee view your profile in a positive light. Also working in a reputed company makes your profile stronger and makes the admission committee realize that you are an exceptional student with excellent skills and academic record to have bagged a prestigious job or internship at a reputed company.

6) Diversify your profile

Apart from the technical skills, if you have learnt any new and different skills through extra certification courses or have any experience that can add value to your profile you must mention it. For example, if you have volunteered for any special projects and participated in any conferences or competitions, you must highlight these points to bring it to the notice of the admission committee.

7) Work towards creating a well-rounded personality

You do not want to come across as a uni-dimensional person with only academic or professional interest. Universities believe in taking students who have a holistic and well-rounded personality. If you are a sport enthusiast or have joined any social cause or started a small entrepreneurial venture, you must highlight these in your profile.

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