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September 4, 2023

As per the announcement of August 26, 2023, the government of Australia set a package of measures to protect the honour and reputation of the universities.

5 universities took action to restrict candidates from Indian states. As per the media, Australia banned fraud applications from South Asia who immigrate to work not to study in this country. Moreover, Australia is on its way to the biggest annual intake of Indian aspirants, beating 2019’s record of 75,000.

However, the recent scenario brings concern about the long-term impact on the international profitable education market and the dignity and integrity of the Australian Universities in the education sector, and lawmakers, according to the report of “The Sydney Morning Herald “ newspaper. 

  • Locking all the loopholes of immigration policy that enables education providers to transfer international aspirants who are staying in Australia for less than 6 months from the purpose of studying but arranging designed to get access to do the job in Australia. This flaw is related to the aspirants, they can get into concurrent Confirmation of Enrolments (COEs) for 2 sections of the program Vocation Training (VET) and Higher Education. As of now, universities are not creating concurrent COEs. 
  • “Our Motive is Clear,” statement passed by Clare O’Neil “Minister of Home Affairs.” The party is over now, all the loopholes and frauds that have troubled this system are going to be shut down.”
  • To address concerns in the Australian international education sector, the government is implementing several measures aimed at safeguarding the integrity of the system and preventing exploitation. These changes reflect the government’s commitment to maintaining high standards and ensuring that international students have a positive experience while studying in Australia.

Increased Financial Requirements

One significant change is the decision to raise the savings threshold for international students applying for an Australian study visa by 17%. This adjustment, requiring students to have $24,505 in savings, acknowledges the higher costs of living in Australia. The primary objective here is to reduce the financial desperation that could push students into exploitative work situations while they pursue their studies.

Scrutiny of High-Risk Cohorts

The government is also intensifying scrutiny of “high-risk cohorts” among prospective international students, who tend to submit a higher number of fraudulent applications. This increased scrutiny aims to identify and address potential fraudulent activities more effectively.

Suspension Powers

An important step, albeit a potentially unprecedented one, is the government’s consideration of using its suspension powers under Section 97 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act). These powers would allow the government to issue suspension certificates to high-risk education providers, preventing them from recruiting international students. This action is prompted by concerns about over 200 providers with visa refusal rates exceeding 50%.

VET Sector Oversight

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is set to receive additional powers to regulate Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) more effectively. RTO owners will be required to meet “Fit and Proper Person” requirements to register their businesses and operate within the sector. This initiative aims to eliminate non-genuine operators that profit from students while failing to meet educational and training standards.

These measures are part of a broader effort to enhance the integrity of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in Australia. Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, emphasizes the importance of VET in preparing students for future job opportunities.

The context for these changes arises from concerns about immigration loopholes that have allowed non-genuine students to exploit the system. Minister for Education Jason Clare highlights the value of international education but acknowledges the challenges posed by unscrupulous operators.

One concerning trend addressed is “course hopping,” where students exploit the ability to obtain two Confirmations of Enrolment (COEs) on the same visa, allowing them to shift between institutions with ease. This practice has been linked to the desire to work in Australia rather than pursuing their stated intent of studying.

Additionally, the government plans to phase out the subclass 408 visa, which has allowed international students to work in various sectors with minimal oversight during the pandemic.

This tightening of regulations reflects a broader trend in leading destination countries, including Canada, where authorities are reviewing and strengthening regulations to ensure the quality and integrity of their international education sectors.

In conclusion, the Australian government’s measures aim to maintain the integrity of its international education sector, protect students from exploitation, and ensure that institutions meet high-quality standards. These changes, combined with ongoing efforts to address immigration loopholes, underscore the commitment to offering international students a safe and reputable educational experience in Australia.

September 3, 2023
September 3, 2023

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    The Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) of western countries is very different from that of India. WES or World Education Services, a designated provider for IRCC since 2013, helps international students to assess their degrees, diplomas, or certificates as per the Canadian System of Education. WES will provide you with a report that will help you claim points related to education. In simpler terms, they help you assess your Indian degree in the form of the Canadian Credit system

    WES helps 45000+ international students every year to assess their education allocates in Canadian format

    WES is not only used by Canada but is also required in the United States of America, the UK, and even Australia. ECA is required in all these countries.  

    WES is a very trusted source as it refers to UGC, govt entities, and AICTE as a source of accreditation

    What are the benefits of WES?

    WES evaluation is one of the most important “steps” if you are considering immigrating to Canada or the USA for a postgraduate degree.

    If you have attained an undergraduate-level education from a country outside of the USA or Canada, you will require an ECA or Educational Credential Assessment. WES is one of the organizations that provide these facilities by converting the credits of an undergraduate program from an Indian University into the USA or Canadian credit system. This makes the selection process much easier and helps check the credibility of the program the foreign student has done.

    The universities approved by WES are as follows.

    1. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada university
    2. Shivaji University
    3. Pune University
    4. Swami Ramananda Teerth Marathwada University
    5. University of Mumbai
    6. Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University
    7. Nagaland University
    8. Berhampur university
    9. Sambalpur University
    10. Utkal University
    11. North Orissa University
    12. Fakir Mohan University
    13. Biju Patnaik University of Technology
    14. University of Rajasthan
    15. Alagappa University
    16. Anna University
    17. Bhartiya university
    18. Bharathidasan University
    19. Madras University
    20. Madurai Kamaraj University
    21. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
    22. Periyar University
    23. Mother Teresa Women’s University
    24. Andhra University
    25. Thiruvalluvar university
    26. Tamil Nadu State Physical Education & Sport university
    27. Pondicherry University
    28. Allahabad University
    29. U.P Technical University Lucknow
    30. V.B.S Purvanchal University, Jaunpur
    31. University Lucknow
    32. Calcutta University
    33. H.N.B Garhwal University Srinagar
    34. B.N. Mandal University Madhapur
    35. Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University
    36. Nagaland University
    37. Berhampur university
    38. Sambalpur University
    39. Utkal University
    40. North Orissa University
    41. Fakir Mohan University
    42. Biju Patnaik University of Technology
    1. Sri Krishnadevaraya University
    2. Acharaya Nagarjuna University
    3. Kakatiya University
    4. Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University
    5. Osmania university
    6. Guru Ghasidas University
    7. Pt. Ravi Shankar University
    8. Bhavnagar University
    9. Himachal Pradesh University
    10. Ranchi University
    11. Bangalore University
    12. Gulbarga University
    13. Karnataka University
    14. Kuvempu University
    15. Mangalore University
    16. University of Mysore
    17. Visvesvaraya Technology University
    18. A.P. Singh University
    19. Barkatullah University
    20. Devi Ahilya University
    21. Dr. HariSingh Gaur University
    22. Jiwaji University
    23. Rani Durgavati University
    24. Vikram University
    25. S.N.D.T Women’s University
    26. University of Rajasthan
    27. Alagappa University
    28. Anna University
    29. Bhartiya university
    30. Bharathidasan University
    31. Madras University
    32. Madurai Kamaraj University
    33. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
    34. Periyar University
    35. Mother Teresa Women’s University
    36. Thiruvalluvar university
    37. Tamil Nadu State Physical Education & Sport university
    38. Pondicherry University
    39. Allahabad University
    40. U.P Technical University Lucknow
    41. V.B.S Purvanchal University, Jaunpur
    42. University Lucknow
    43. Calcutta University
    44. H.N.B Garhwal University Srinagar
    45. B.N. Mandal University Madhapur

    But WES doesn’t support every Indian Universities. Many Indian Universities are in fact blacklisted. No credential valuation will be done by WES for these Universities. It should be noted that there are many other bodies like WES that do ECAs as well. It is also not necessary that if WES doesn’t approve of a university then the others won’t as well. The others, in fact, might allow the ECAs for the WES blacklisted Universities or institutions. And as you would expect the cost for different ECA organizations will vary as well. 

    If you are planning on studying abroad, choose Beyond Immigration as your partner. 

    We provide 

    1. Education consultancy, meaning, we find you the best universities and colleges available to you as per your profile for your higher studies.  
    2. We do the whole university application process along with visa filing
    3. We train our students for important competitive exams like GRE, GMAT, ACT, and SAT. We also provide training for proficiency exams like IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL. 
    4. Our expert team will guide you through your interviews and help you with the SOPs. 

    If you wish to learn more about immigration contact us at b-imm.com.

    16-year education rule USA

    Many universities and colleges in the USA and Canada require 16 years of total education for a person to be eligible for a master’s degree. These 16 years are divided into 12 years of school, middle, school, and senior secondary education, while the remaining 4 are for the undergraduate degree/program. You must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent or a total of 4 years of undergraduate education (3-year degree plus 1-year diploma). Although some institutions do not require a 4-year undergraduate-level education, all the major institutes and the top-rated universities will ask for 4 years or equivalent degrees. 


    Many universities and colleges in India do not provide year bachelor programs, hence WES assessment is required for the students with 3-year degrees to check whether their 3-year degree holds the same credit evaluation as compared to a similar 4-year degree in the USA. Hence, WES evaluation becomes a necessity to check whether

    Blacklisted Universities by WES

    But WES doesn’t support every Indian Universities/College. Many Indian Universities are blacklisted. No credential valuation will be done by WES for these Universities. All the universities mentioned above are WES-approved universities. Others are blacklisted.

    But worry not as many other bodies like WES do ECAs as well. It is also not necessary that if WES doesn’t approve of a university then the others won’t as well. The others might allow the ECAs for the WES blacklisted Universities or institutions. And as you would expect the cost for different ECA organizations will vary as well. 

    Is WES evaluation Necessary?

    As stated above, it is very important in Canada and the USA. WES will convert your bachelor’s program’s credits into US or Canadian Credit system which will help assess your profile in American or Canadian education terms. It is of utmost importance to check whether you are eligible for a program or university/college or not.

    Is a WES transcript necessary?

    It is mandatory in many US and Canadian Universities.

    How to apply for Wes Canada?

    As complex as everything sounds, the application process is quite easy. 

    Step 1: Create a Wes Account.

    Step 2: Apply and note the reference number as it will be very important in the next steps. 

    Step 3: Submit the documents. The documents should be either in English or French. The documents must be sent in sealed envelopes with a reference number. 

    After receiving the documents, WES will send you your Evaluation report in just 7 days. 

    How to create a WES account?

    As complex as everything sounds, the application process is quite easy. 

    Step 1: Create a Wes Account.

    Step 2: Apply and note the reference number as it will be very important in the next steps. 

    Step 3: Submit the documents. The documents should be either in English or French. The documents must be sent in sealed envelopes with a reference number. 

    After receiving the documents, WES will send you your Evaluation report in just 7 days. 

    Again, the process is incredibly simple. As you open the WES website, you will see the apply now option which will redirect you to the registration page where you can fill in the necessary details.

    If you are planning on studying abroad, choose Beyond Immigration as your partner. We provide 

    1. Education consultancy, meaning, we find you the best universities and colleges available to you as per your profile for your higher studies.  
    2. We do the whole university application process along with visa filing
    3. We train our students for important competitive exams like GRE, GMAT, ACT, and SAT. We also provide training for proficiency exams like IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL. 
    4. Our expert team will guide you through your interviews and help you with the SOPs. 

    If you wish to learn more about immigration contact us at b-imm.com

    August 25, 2023

    Canada’s IRCC has brought a wave of relief to families with groundbreaking changes in TRV processing. Spousal applicants on the path to permanent residency can now reunite with loved ones in just 30 days, erasing lengthy separations. This progressive step allows applicants to be in Canada while their cases are reviewed, fostering togetherness.

    While awaiting permanent residency, these applicants can’t work or study on the TRV, focusing on family bonds instead. The move was heralded by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, who highlighted an impressive 90% TRV approval rate for spousal applicants, showcasing IRCC’s commitment to reuniting families promptly.

    This leap forward not only accelerates the immigration process but also underscores IRCC’s dedication to smooth settlement experiences. Ultimately, the initiative emphasizes the significance of unity and underscores IRCC’s dedication to transforming the aspiration of togetherness into an attainable reality.

    The surge in approval ratings is partly attributed to IRCC’s enhanced employment of advanced analytics for preliminary assessment of TRV applications. This technology assesses multiple application facets, aiding in categorizing individuals likely to qualify for permanent residence and facilitating smoother approval by IRCC officers.

    What Is the Typical Duration for Processing Family Class Sponsorship Applications?

    The processing time for permanent residence applications through family class sponsorship typically spans 12 months. However, due to the expedited processing of spousal Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) within 30 days, coupled with IRCC’s commitment to processing work permits in 60 days, the entire process could potentially be completed in as little as three months (90 days). This means that a sponsored spouse, partner, or dependent child could arrive in Canada swiftly and commence employment while awaiting the outcome of their permanent resident application.

    Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can potentially sponsor a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner for permanent residence. This opportunity hinges on their ability to enter a binding undertaking agreement, thereby shouldering financial responsibility for the sponsored family members for a specified duration. The financial requirement for sponsorship adjusts when dependent children are in the picture, further tailoring the commitment.

    Looking Beyond Borders: What Innovative Measures Exist for Family Reunification?

    IRCC has introduced a new announcement alongside another update. Spouses applying with their sponsor in Canada and holding temporary resident status can now apply for open work permits. This change allows them to apply for the work permits as soon as they’ve submitted their permanent residence application to IRCC. 

    Previously, spousal applicants could only get open work permits when applying for sponsorship with Canada

    Fraser also mentioned that those with open work permits expiring between August 1st and the end of 2023 can easily extend their permits for 18 months. This extension covers not only the permit holders but also their dependents, including spouses of temporary workers, international students, and permanent resident applicants. The process for extension will be free and facilitated. 

    August 25, 2023
    August 25, 2023

    Are you an international student dreaming of building a new life in Australia? The land of endless opportunities awaits you with its Permanent Residency (PR) visa, granting you the chance to work, settle, and thrive Down Under for a remarkable five years. Plus, the icing on the cake is that you can embark on this journey alongside your beloved family members. Exciting, isn’t it? But before you pack your bags, let’s navigate through the essential requirements and steps that will pave your way to this coveted PR status.

    What are the benefits of PR in Australia?

    Australia has long been a top pick for those eyeing a fresh start abroad. Its thriving economy translates to ample job opportunities. With a promise of enhanced quality of life and a harmonious multicultural society, it’s a magnet for hopefuls. The coveted Permanent Residency (PR) visa, valid for five years, is your ticket. Bring your family along, and after 4 years, citizenship might be on the horizon.

    • You can stay in Australia as much as you want.
    • Visit anywhere in Australia.
    • Pursue further education in Australia and you are eligible to apply for an educational loan.
    • Accessibility for Social Security benefits
    • You can also sponsor your blood relatives if they pass certain prerequisites
    • Entitled to work in Australia
    • You can travel to New Zealand and also apply for a visa there. 

    What happens if you get PR in Australia?

    So, you’ve secured permanent residency in Australia, congratulations! Now, let’s dive into the exciting world of possibilities that lie ahead. With PR status, you’re in for a treat of benefits that’ll make you feel right at home Down Under.

    • First off, the beauty of PR is that you’re not just a guest anymore; you’re practically an Aussie. That means you can embrace the Aussie lifestyle to the fullest – live, work, and study to your heart’s content. No more ticking clocks or visa worries – you’re here for the long haul.
    • Healthcare? Covered! Once you’re a PR, you can jump on the Medicare bandwagon. It’s like having a golden ticket to the realm of public healthcare services. The Aussie Government’s got your back, ensuring you enjoy the same healthcare rights as any other local. Stay healthy and worry-free while you explore the wonders of this vast land.
    • Speaking of rights, the Australian Government rolls out the red carpet for its permanent residents. You’re not just a face in the crowd; you’re part of the family now. You’re entitled to the same privileges and opportunities as any other Australian. Your horizons are as broad as those breathtaking Aussie landscapes.
    • In a nutshell, permanent residency isn’t just a visa status – it’s an open door to a life of immense possibilities. From chasing your dream job to immersing yourself in top-notch education, Australia’s your oyster. So, welcome to this incredible chapter of your journey. Your PR status isn’t just a stamp; it’s a key to a world of adventure, growth, and unending experiences.

    What are the eligibility requirements for the Australia PR visa process?

    It’s always better to contact a migration agent about the relevance and integrity of all the required documents which you need to provide with your application. Sometimes your one document may jeopardise your application. Apart from that, here are some most common eligibility requirements for Australia PR visa process given below:

    • You need to score 65 points at Australian points grid
    • Health insurance
    • PTE or IELTS score
    • Valid skills assessment
    • Certificate of Police verification 
    • 45 years of age criteria 
    • Birth Certificate
    • Passport 
    • Work history 
    • Education Certificate

    What documents do I need for my PR?

    When initiating the process of applying for a visa to visit Australia, you’ll need to gather and present several important documents. These documents play a crucial role in establishing your eligibility and purpose for the trip. Here’s what you’ll typically need:

    • Passport
    • Australian Visa Form
    • Paid Visa Fee
    • Identity Picture
    • National Identity Card
    • Police Certificate 
    • Family Certificates
    • Evidence of Financial Means
    • Health Insurance
    • Authorised Recipient Form.
    • Evidence of Temporary Stay
    • Detailed Itinerary.
    • Accommodation Reservations
    • Employer Permission Letter
    • Invitation Letter 

    What's the easiest way to get PR?

    Australia always greets foreign job seekers, visitors, and students, converting it a favourable destination for lots of striving migrants. Many would prefer permanent residence in Australia. 

    The government of Australia also provides many benefits for those who opt for permanent residents. Also, you will get all the benefits that Austrailians are eligible for. 

    Skilled Independent visa (subclass- 189)

    Independent visa is the way to getting a permanent resident visa. It is only eligible for foreign employees who so ever want to work and settle down in Australia.  Requirements for visa subclass 189 must be less than 45 years old, you need to score at least 65 points on your eligibility test. If you clear all the eligibility criteria,  you will get an invitation by the Department of Home Affairs to apply for your visa 189. 

    Skilled Nominated visa (subclass-190)

    The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) provides a pathway to permanent residency in Australia. This visa allows holders to live, work, and study in Australia permanently. Applicants need a minimum of 65 points, must be under 45 years old, and have an occupation on the skilled occupation list. If eligible, the Department of Home Affairs will invite you to apply. The visa costs AUD 4,115 for the primary applicant, with separate charges for dependents. It’s an exciting opportunity to build a new life in Australia.  

    Skilled Regional visa  (provision 491)

    Work up to 5 years in regional Australia, and after 3 years, apply for PR. State/territory nomination or relative sponsorship needed. Apply visa SkillSelect’s Expression of Interest, assessing your points. Job must be on a skilled list, positive skills assessment required. Health and character criteria apply. If eligible, Home Affairs sends an invite to apply for 491 visa.

    What is the easiest occupation to get PR in Australia?

    The candidates who are interested to study abroad will opt for a programme that secures a job and PR in their host country. Here are the list of of the easiest and the most lucrative occupation:

    • Accounting
    • Engineering
    • Nursing and Midwifery
    • Computer and Information Technology
    • Education and Teaching
    How long can I stay in Australia after getting PR?

    If you are granted your first permanent resident visa, you can usually allow for a 5 years commute facility. It means you are eligible to leave or re-enter Australia as much as you want. It starts from the day your permanent visa was issued till your visa expires.

    May 27, 2023

    In an exciting development, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently made an announcement that will greatly benefit international students aspiring to study in Canada. Effective from August 10, 2023, IRCC will start accepting language test results from four additional exams for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants. This decision by the Canadian government is a significant and necessary step that aims to simplify the process for international students and make their journey to studying in Canada much smoother.

    The four newly eligible language tests that IRCC will accept are CELPIP General, CAEL, PTE Academic, and TOEFL iBT Test. By expanding the range of recognized tests, the Canadian government has acknowledged the importance of accommodating the diverse backgrounds and experiences of international students. It also demonstrates their commitment to fostering a more inclusive and accessible educational environment.

    This decision is particularly commendable because it recognizes and acknowledges the global standards set by these four language tests. CELPIP General, CAEL, PTE Academic, and TOEFL iBT Test have gained international recognition for their accuracy, reliability, and validity in assessing English language proficiency. By accepting results from these reputable exams, Canada assures prospective students and the international community that it maintains rigorous evaluation processes and values fairness and transparency.

    One of the most significant benefits of this decision is the streamlining of the application process for international students. Previously, students had limited choices when it came to selecting a language test provider. This could be a source of stress and confusion for applicants, as they had to navigate through various requirements and test formats. However, by accepting test results from four different providers, the Canadian government has empowered students to choose the exam that aligns best with their abilities and preferences. This flexibility will undoubtedly reduce the burden on students and allow them to focus on their academic aspirations.

    The decision to accept language test results from CELPIP General, CAEL, PTE Academic, and TOEFL iBT Test also reflects Canada’s commitment to educational diversity and cultural exchange. Canada has long been celebrated for its multiculturalism and its openness to individuals from around the world. By embracing these four new language tests, the government ensures that it attracts a wide range of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. This commitment not only enriches the educational environment but also strengthens the cultural fabric of Canadian society.

    In conclusion, the Canadian government’s decision to accept language test results from CELPIP General, CAEL, PTE Academic, and TOEFL iBT Test for SDS applicants is a significant and necessary step towards facilitating international students’ aspirations to study in Canada. By making the application process easier and more inclusive, Canada demonstrates its commitment to welcoming global talent and promoting educational opportunities for students worldwide. This progressive move cements Canada’s position as a leading destination for international students seeking a high-quality education and a vibrant multicultural experience.

    March 25, 2023
    March 25, 2023

    It is the newest addition to the english language proficiency tests that are accepted in thousands of universities all around the globe. It is an online exam, that is, the candidate takes the exam on their computers anytime and anywhere they want to. The test when compared to other proficiency exams is very affordable.

    The pattern in this exam is pretty much the same, it has reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills assessments. The test is an adaptive test, which means the difficulty level increases every time you answer a question right. As mentioned, the test can be taken anytime and anywhere, which means that people can take the exams from their homes and take a video interview answering open-ended questions while recording themselves in the test for judging their speaking ability. 

    The exam has gained a lot of popularity in recent times due to the effect of covid 19 and everything being shifted online. 

    What is the use of the Duolingo exam?

    It serves the same purpose as other English language proficiency exams like IELTS, TOEFL, etc. The results of the same test can be used in different universities 

    Other uses of the exam may include

    1. Corporate verification
    2. Placement tests for international students.

    What are the parameters for the Duolingo English test?

    The test is basically managed by AI technology. The basic parameters of the adaptive exam are

    1. Grammatical skills
    2. Fluency in english
    3. Ability to deliver accurate answers
    4. Choice of words/ vocabulary
    5. Pronunciation 

    Just like every other proficiency exam, the Duolingo english test has the above-mentioned basic parameters.

    What is the qualifying score for the Duolingo English exam?

    In the end, the qualifying results depend on the institution. But a person should generally aim between 120 and 160. This will sit right in range with many institutions and is regarded as a good score.

    Is Duolingo easier than IELTS?

    No, the Duolingo test is not harder than the IELTS. It is an adaptive exam, which means that the level of questions will go up as soon as you mark a question right.

    Duolingo Exam Pattern

    The test, just like every other English language test, takes care of the 4 main attributes of one’s language proficiency, that is, listening, speaking, writing, and reading. The pattern of the Duolingo english exam is as follows

    • Introduction and Onboarding

    Duration: 5 minutes

    It is exactly what it sounds like, you will perform a microphone and camera check. Submit all the IDs and go through the regulations of the test. 

    • Adaptive test

    Duration: 45 minutes

    This is where the exam part starts. Keep in mind that as you answer the questions correctly, the difficulty level will also start increasing. The type of questions includes MCQs, fill in the blanks, match the following, and so on. The AI determines the scores based on other subscores like literacy, comprehension, conversation, and production. Questions are in the format of 

    • Read and complete
    • Read and select
    • Listen and select
    • Listen and type
    • Read aloud
    • Write about the photo
    • Speak about the photo
    • Read and write
    • Read and speak
    • Listen and speak
    • Writing and speaking sample

    Duration: 10 minutes

    It will be in the form of an upgraded video interview where your speaking and writing skills will be tested. You will be given 30 seconds to choose the question which can be either “describe the image” “speak about the topic” or even “ talk about the situation” for a few minutes. 

    The total duration of the test is approximately 1 hour, but you can complete it before that as well.

    What is the fee for the Duolingo exam?

    It is one of the cheaper options when it comes to English language proficiency tests. It costs around $49 (INR 4028).

    Can I take the Duolingo test for free?

    Only eligible students who come from low-income backgrounds can get a fee waiver to support themselves at the university. You need to show supporting documents to get the fee waiver.

    Is 75 a good score on the Duolingo English Test?

    It can be considered a good score at first sight but when compared to other test scores it is not a great score. 75 on Duolingo translates to approximately 5.0 bands in IELTS, which is not acceptable in any university around the world.

    What is the weightage of the Duolingo test?

    The test is marked on a scale of 10-160. The description of the marks is presented below. 

    • 10-55 or IELTS equivalent 0-4.0 means that the applicant can comprehend basic english but is not proficient
    • 60-85 or IELTS equivalent 4.5-5.0 means that the candidate is much more fluent in English, and can grasp many words but is not as proficient as they should be. 
    • 90-115 or IELTS equivalent 5.5-6.0 means that the applicant can speak the language effectively and has a very high degree of proficiency in writing and listening skills.
    • 120-160 or IELTS equivalent 6.5-9.0 means that the applicant is highly proficient with the language and can undertake difficult assessments. 

    The Duolingo exam is widely considered an option in many foreign universities to prove English language proficiency. There is a high chance that in the coming years, visa authorities might start considering this exam as well.

    To know more about Duolingo and other proficiency exams, drop us a query at Beyond Immigration

    March 24, 2023

    Many people view temporary immigration as a step to permanently settle in a country. Because developed countries receive the most amount of immigration numbers, they know that many people have the intention of staying permanently. This can many times lead to job deficiency for both applying citizens of the country. Which in turn puts a negative effect on the economy of a country. 

    As a result, measures are taken by the immigration authorities of a country to ensure that only genuine entrants enter the nation intending to leave. 

    When we talk of high living standards and an ever-growing booming economy, the first country that comes to mind is Australia. Probably the safest nation on the planet, Australia has ranked amongst the top countries for immigration numbers. People from southeast Asia, India, Canada, the UK, etc move to Australia to settle there permanently through the temporary student visa route. 

    Hence, the immigration authorities of Australia to control these immigration numbers through temporary routes, especially the student route, came up with GTE or Genuine Temporary Entrant. It is by far the most important and often described as one of the most difficult steps when it comes to immigration in Australia. 

    GTE is mandatory for all foreign students who wish to gain quality higher education in Australia and in no way maintain ongoing residency in the country. As the name suggests, the country wants people who are genuine entrants, as a result, the GTE assessment is not intended to exclude students who, after studying in Australia, develop skills Australia needs and who then go on to apply for permanent residence.

    What is GTE for Australia?

    According to the Australian Authorities, while applying for an Australian Student visa online, you need to provide a GTE assessment statement. The word limit to addressing this GTE requirement statement is 300 words (2000 words). After this, an interview will be conducted online with Australian Authorities where they’ll ask you similar questions as mentioned below to assess your eligibility. 

    This statement must include all the following information and pieces of evidence supporting the same

    1. Personal circumstances for undertaking study in Australia
    2. The previous study (academic transcripts showing qualifications achieved, name of the education provider(s), length of study, certificates of attainment)
    3. Justification of study Gap (if there is any)
    4. Current Employer (Details of the employer, address, period of employment, position details)
    5. Ties to the home country (evidence of strong ties to the home/native country)
    6. The economic situation in the home country (bank statements, ITRs, documents showing employment or business activities for 12 months before applying,
    7. Potential employment offers including salary and other benefits, After course completion
    8. Employment in a third country

    What the authorities want to gather from all this information is if the international student, who wants to study in Australia has valid reasons to do so, if the student is qualified to gain the particular degree/diploma, if the student has enough money to sustain themself in Australia, and most importantly, if the student has job opportunities in the native country upon completion of the program studied in Australia. 

    They want to make sure that the student after gaining the respective higher education in Australia will leave the country and not overstay their welcome. 

    They consider: 

    1. Your reasons for not choosing your home country for a similar education, 
    2. Ties to home country to support your intention to return,
    3. Economic situations
    4. Military service commitments,
    5. Political or economical unrest in your home country,
    6. Previous study and experience,
    7. Ties to Australia,
    8. Financial Stability,
    9. Planned living arrangements,
    10. The value of your course in the future, and most importantly, its value in your home country,
    11. Proposed future employment opportunities you can get through this course,
    12. Expected salary and benefits that you will get from a similar course in your home country, 
    13. And your previous immigration history. 

    How do you prepare for GTE Australia?

    You must make sure that whatever you are speaking in the interview and whatever you have written in the statement has genuine proof. If the officials find anything shady in the statement, they’ll reject your candidature and you will not be allowed for further consideration. 

    You need to make sure you have answers for all the things that they consider while considering your eligibility. 

    How do I clear my GTE for an Australian student visa?

    To clear the GTE assessment smoothly, you should provide valid pieces of evidence for your claims. Everything that is said in the statement must have proper stature. Make your claims return as strong as possible.

    Make sure that at the time of your interview, you say everything truthfully. There should be no one in the room. 

    To get more insights on interview questions and statement formation, contact us at Beyond Immigration. Our consultants will provide candidates with proper interview guidance and prepare a GTE statement.

    How to write a strong GTE for an Australian Student Visa?

    Write your GTE assessment in the form of a letter. Give your greetings and introduction. Then only start your case for why you should be given an Australian Student Visa. Write the statement in English or another language (do give a translated copy as well). Make sure you have evidence for everything that you are writing for. Finish the letter with formal salutations, your address, and your phone number. Make sure the whole statement has a polite tone. 

    To write a perfect GTE assessment statement, get help from Beyond Immigration. 

    How can you show strong ties in the home country?

    There are many ways you can show strong ties in your home country. 

    1. Assets

    You can show that you have assets, bank accounts, and businesses running in the home country that you would want to come back and take care of. 

    2. Family 

    If all of your family (spouse, children, mother, and father) is present in the home country along with your friends, it would be a strong case to show that you want to return to the family as soon as your program is done. 

    3. Job opportunities

    You can provide pieces of evidence stating that there are multiple job opportunities that will be available to you in the home country after acquiring this degree/diploma.

    Are GTE and SOP the same thing?

    Both SOP and GTE serve pretty much the same purpose of showing the intent of studying in Australia. GTE on the other hand is a much broader term than SOP. You can make a case to say that the SOP is one of the requirements of the Australian GTE assessment.

    How long does GTE approval take?

    There is no upper limit, but the GTE approval takes a minimum of 10 days. Make sure all the important pieces of evidence are provided and carefully assess your statements to receive a result early. 

    GTE assessment is quite a difficult process to understand at times. The statement has regulations and the interviews require practice. To have ease in these processes and get proper guidance, choose Beyond Immigration as your partner. Our professionals will provide you with interview guidance and will help you form that GTE statement

    March 24, 2023
    March 24, 2023

    The land of the free, United States of America is also known as the immigration capital of the world. It is described as the place where all dreams come true. Rightly so, the country is known for its extravagant living standards, its openness to everyone, scientific research, businesses, and the part we will be covering today, education.

    The United States is by far the best country when it comes to higher education. The number of courses and research projects there are in American universities and institutions is nowhere in the entire world. For higher studies, America is regarded as one of the best nations to choose from. American education is liberalistic in view and highly effective to the dynamic nature of the world. Top companies in the entire world will prefer a person who has studied at an American institution over anything else. 

    A Master’s in America is probably the best a person can go for. There are thousands of courses in thousands of institutions. Let’s understand why exactly American Master’s is better than every other nation and why you should choose the USA as the top priority while considering a master’s degree. 

    • Excellence in Academics

    The USA has one of the most robust higher education systems in the world. This goes back to 1800 as well, hence making the US universities one of the oldest in the business. The US universities and colleges have consistently ranked high in the world university ranking, currently, 6 of the best 15 educational institutions in the world are US universities. MIT, Stanford, Harvard, the University of Chicago, and all the Ivy-league colleges of the USA are consistently ranked in the top 50 universities of the world

    Dating back to its ages of independence, these universities provide a system where a student can explore themselves and become a resource for themselves and ultimately, the nation. The US institutes focus more on the practical usage of the courses rather than just theory. For a person who is pursuing a Master’s, the institutes serve as a research center. 

    • Research Institutes

    The US is heaven for information-hungry people. All the master’s level courses are designed in a way where the person has to perform certain research to form their thesis upon. Through the libraries of US universities and colleges, you can get access to over 200 years of research in thousands of domains like space adventure, advanced biotech, nuclear research, and more. 

    • Validity in other nations

    The US master’s courses are designed in a way that applies to the entire world. A graduate from a US institution will easily score a job in any country around the world as the curriculum is designed to counter the dynamic nature of the environment. 

    • Learning Structure

    The US is so highly ranked in the education sector because of a simple reason, and that is Advancement. Universities in the States saw that the people are growing and are neglecting the old standard way of teaching. Hence, they adapted. They brought out advanced learning strategies which make the students learn through workshops, simulations, practical exercises, research-oriented studies, etc. 

     This made sure that the student had to put in the effort to score something, ultimately making their entire course structure an exercise for students up until they form their thesis. They integrated technology into their systems and have been improving since. Universities in the USA do not seem to stop anytime soon with these enhancements.

    • Opportunities

    Well, with the robust system of education, rich history, and studies being valid worldwide, it is no doubt that American Universities will then provide you with better career options. Especially in the STEM courses, US university degrees will provide you with so many high-paying career options all around the globe, including the USA. 

    The demand for computer science, medicine, business administration, etc post grads in the USA is at an all-time high. The entry-level pay scale in these domains after getting a US postgraduate degree is way beyond what you expect. In approximately 3-4 years you get all the money you invested in education back.

    • Acceptance of International students

    The USA, being the hub of immigration has an excellent system for international students to get support/help from. They provide you with incredible guidance, face any level of difficulty, and even help you get accustomed to their customs to fit in better with other international and US students. 

    • Diversity

    As mentioned, being the hub of immigration, millions of students come to the United States to seek quality education. Hence, the country has become incredibly diverse. People from all around the globe bring in their culture, festivals, and experiences. Through your university life, you can experience the culture of the entire world. This enhances your own experiences and makes you a rational person. In turn, you gain a lot of connections around the globe. 

    The USA is a dream destination for all, but there is another country that has a similar to the USA, rich history and consistency when it comes to providing quality education to the entire world. Both of these countries have contributed so much research to the world, that they are now considered on the top pedestal when it comes to higher studies. The country that gives the major competition to the United States is none other than the United Kingdom. 

    So let’s study why the UK can be a better option for international students than the USA.

    Why choose the UK over the USA for Masters?

    Almost all the reasons that make the USA MS courses incredible are applicable to the UK. The UK also has a fair share of institutions in the top 15 like Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, and UCL. Don’t get us wrong, it’s up to people’s preference to choose, but choosing the UK can be a better idea for your career and your pocket. Let’s see how.

    • Majors

    In the United Kingdom, you can pick your majors in the very first year, instead of the USA’s sophomore year system. Through this, you can devote more time to the majors than usual and get to know more about the field of your study. 

    • Length of MS

    The UK offers 1 year MS programs to students which are as valid as the 2-year programs in the USA. This helps the student to learn more in a shorter frame of time. 

    • Opportunities

    The USA has one of the best work opportunities for international students, but the silver lining is that it is good for only STEM courses. Students with STEM courses can stay and work in the US for up to 3 years, non-STEM courses students are not allowed this extension (also known as OPT).

    The UK on the other hand does not have regulations on STEM and non-STEM. Everyone who has a valid job offer can stay and gain experience for up to 2 years in the UK. 

    • Cost of Education

    The quality of education in the USA comes at a huge cost. The same level of education, MS, in the UK is will cost you half as much because of some 1-year degrees. Overall, the UK is less costly than the USA. 
    The choice is yours now, both are incredible countries with the best and most robust education systems ever seen. To get yourselves enrolled into either of the countries, or to know more about the Study in USA, the UK, STEM and non-STEM, and whatnot, contact Beyond Immigration.

    March 22, 2023

    Many of us while researching institutions, colleges, and universities in Canada have come across the term DLI. It’s used in the Student Direct System and even in the general category. It still is causing a lot of confusion for people who are interested in Canadian Immigration and let me tell you something, DLI is a really important concept. So, let’s learn more about that.

    What is a Designated Learning Institutions List (DLI) in Canada?

    A DLI or Designated Learning Institution is a college or university that is approved by the provincial government or the national government to allow international students. All primary and secondary schools are considered DLIs but when it comes to post-secondary education or higher studies, you should check if the college or university you are interested in is on the DLI list. 

    Hence, if you want a study permit, you need to apply for a DLI. If the school you’re studying at loses its DLI status while you’re studying, you can keep studying until your study permit expires. You may need to apply to a new DLI in other circumstances.

    Some DLIs will provide you with a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which a person can apply for within 6 months of completing their studies. 

    Designated Learning Institution List

    Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s website is very easily accessible. You can choose the province of your choice and you will see the entire list of colleges and universities available for foreign students, or are listed as DLIs. DLI list.

    How can I get admission to a DLI in Canada?

    DLIs, basically a college or a university, have similar procedures for admissions to other universities in the world. If you have the required excellence in academic background, a strong statement of purpose, required work experience, and other requirements that a DLI might ask for, then you will receive an offer letter from a DLI. 

    Through DLI’s offer letter, you can apply for a study permit in Canada and can start studying in the institution.

    What does DLI approved mean?

    DLI-approved or governmentapproved means that the provincial or the national government has approved the particular higher studies institution to host international students.

    Why is DLI important in Canada?

    The DLIs are incredibly important in Canada. The reason for the same is that one can only apply for a study permit once they have received an offer letter from a Designated Learning Institution.

    What are the advantages of DLIs in Canada?

    Apart from being solely responsible for issuing a study permit, some DLIs play an important role in providing foreign students with PGWP. Post Graduate Work Permit or PGWP is a permit for the graduates of some Canadian DLIs can apply for PGWP so that they can gain experience in Canada while simultaneously living and working in the country without any time restrictions. 

    Some things to be noted are that not all DLIs will help you get a PGWP, you have to apply for a PGWP within 6 months of the completion of your studies, and the length of the PGWP’s tenure depends on the duration of your course. The standard length of PGWP concerning the program length is as follows

    Less than 8 months: Not eligible for PGWP

    At least 8 months, but less than 2 years: Same duration as the length of your program (13-month program will give 13-month long PGWP.)

    2 years or more: 3 years long PGWP

    Can I change my DLI after entering Canada?

    Yes, you can easily change your DLI even after entering Canada as long as you are meeting the conditions of your study permit. The necessary information and documents that you would need are An online account, study permit number, your new school’s DLI number, your new student ID number, and your start date at your new school.

    Then you need to follow the following process

    1. Sign in to your account and click Designated Learning Institution Student Transfer  then select Transfer from the DLI number.
    2. Enter the study permit application number and click search my application
    3. Fill in all the necessary information, then put your new school’s DLI number, your new student ID number, and your start date at your new school. Submit Transfer.
    4. Confirm transfer after thoroughly rechecking everything. You will then receive a notification about your wish to change the DLI from Canadian Authorities.

    Beyond Immigration is here to streamline your study process in Canada. Our expert team of professionals will make sure all your applications and submissions go smoothly and you the DLI of your choice. 

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