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Securing an H-1B visa may be a lottery drawn process, but the prospect of winning the lottery looks more promising for applicants holding a master’s degree from US-based universities. In keeping with the current political regime’s diktat of 'Buy American and Hire American', the existing visa processing rules are likely to be tweaked, literally flipped, in the ensuing year (April 2019). The H-1B visa, which acts as the calling card for Indian software engineers to pursue their American dream, with the Indian IT workforce comprising 60% of the overall allocation of 85,000 H-1B visas, is likely to undergo the following administrative and procedural changes. Mandatory electronic preregistration with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) –for all H-1B visa applicants Reversion of the visa selection process (general quota, additional quota) Though the impending changes in the visa processing rules are aimed at promoting local employment, the proposed changes are likelyREAD MORE
The GRE Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section comprises two essay tasks: the Issue essay and the Argument essay. Test takers are allotted 30 minutes for each essay. The Issue essay asks you to respond to a statement or a claim that relates to politics, education, technology, or culture. Essentially, you have to take stance on the given claim and defend your stance. The Argument essay asks you to find the flaw in the logic behind an author’s position. The position is provided in a paragraph or “the argument” and thus requires a thorough reading of the given argument. How are the essays scored? Each essay receives a score by a human grader and an e-rater score on a scale of 0 to 6. If these scores differ by less than 0.5, the human score stands. If they differ by more than 0.5, a second human scores the essay, and theREAD MORE
No matter how your name is printed on your certificates or mark sheets, how your name appears in your passport matters the most when you want to register for the GRE. Let’s consider the following: Your name is Priti Maneklal Shah. Your name is Priti. Your father’s name is Maneklal. Your last name or surname is Shah. But, in many Indian passports, people have their father’s name in their first/given name. So, if your passport says: Surname: Shah. Given Name: Priti Maneklal then, in your GRE account, you will enter Priti Maneklal as the first/given name and NOT First name – Priti Middle name – M Last name – Shah To summarise: The first/given and last name/surname you use when you register — and the spelling of that name — must EXACTLY match (excluding accents) the name printed on the identification (ID) documents [ONLY a valid passport to be carriedREAD MORE
Undergraduate Programs: Scholarships for International Students in Singapore Just about a decade back, the US and the UK were the most sought after study abroad destinations for international students. But, given the visa policies in both these countries- some of the Asian countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are fast emerging as desirable study abroad destinations for international students, especially Indians. Fee Structure and Intakes for Undergraduates in Singapore Studying in Singapore can be quite expensive. While the average tuition fees for an undergraduate program in Singapore works out to around 12-20 lakhs per year, it can considerably go down in case you opt for serving the Singapore government (service years may vary from three to six), post course completion. In this case, the fees can be revised up to 7 lakhs per year. Nevertheless, the cost of education is comparatively less, as compared to the US and theREAD MORE
The US may be the most popular study abroad destination for international students, but it is also one of the most expensive places to study. Are you planning to pursue an undergraduate program in the US? Does the overall cost of education deter you from taking the next step considering the four-year duration of undergraduate programs? Well, this is a common dilemma faced by international students given the high cost of US education. There is no need to get disheartened though. Universities across the US maybe charging international students three times the tuition cost of domestic students, but US universities prioritize internationalization. As a result, more than 600 American universities offer scholarships worth $20,000 or more per year to international students. The scholarship eligibility is determined on the basis of academic merit, financial need and extracurricular contribution of applicants. US Scholarships can be broadly classified as follows: University Scholarships: MostREAD MORE
Now that you have taken admission to your desired program in a top university, it is time to decide on your accommodation before you fly off to study abroad. Student halls, living out and staying at home options abound and each one of these has their pros and cons. Living on your own You could play music as loudly as you want, keep your own hours, for you’ve left the chaperones and curfews back home with your overly protective parents. You would be forgiven for living it up king size for the first time until the novelty wears off. The first sign of independence becoming a drag are the realisations that – the dustbins do not empty themselves, drainage plugs do not self-unclog, and the fridge does not self-replicate delicious take-out food, which becomes obvious within the first month itself. The state of affairs, with the rent being foremost It’sREAD MORE
Applying to a university abroad, especially to the United States can be a daunting task. Every year, over 800, 000 graduate applications are received on an average for seats in the American universities, mostly covering STEM disciplines, pure sciences, and the humanities. Given that the United States is a global education destination for international graduates, globally; there is intense competition among the best of students as well as students with unique distinctions and contributions in their profile. Malala Yousafzai gained an admit to the prestigious Oxford university, as much for her excellence in her ‘O’ levels, as for being the ‘torchbearer of gender parity’ for Afghan women and other people, across the globe. Academic profile It is a well-known fact that students, who have consistently excelled in their academic curriculum also stand a better chance to gain admits to the choicest universities abroad and in the United States. However, itREAD MORE
The advent of the Information Age at the start of the millennium has seen the West become a hub for technology, with a focus on developing acute capabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This jumpstart has given the West an edge that other countries are yet to catch up with, naturally leading to advanced education systems and pedagogy in various universities. Another reason is the quality of research and peer review that lends credibility to the development work carried out in universities, through funding from strategic think-tanks as well as government. Also, a student with a degree from an accredited foreign university fares better, in terms of remuneration, corporate placement, work skills and has been historically known to have better employability values; as the university education in the West, focuses on the practical application of theories. At the end of the day, a degree must be monetised withREAD MORE
The UK is a hub for pursuing higher education and is renowned for its high standards of academic excellence. Students in the United Kingdom are encouraged to develop themselves to the best of their potential as well as enjoy a social life.   The UK is known all over the world for its history of warmth and welcomes to international students. Last year alone, Britain had over 1.5 million full-time undergraduate students in higher education, which also included over 104,000 international students. For student visa in the UK, the visa requirements and general immigration criteria are handled by UK Visas and Immigration.  If you are over 18 years of age and are planning on studying a short course in the UK, you may be eligible for the short-term study visa. The short-term study visa is valid for up to six months for most of the short courses, which can be extended for aREAD MORE
International students flock to the United States to study at the universities for their high standards in education and for their sheer brand value in the job market. Their course structure, course flexibility, credible research opportunities, high quality of life and a favourable exchange rate has made the United States the number one education destination for students across the globe. However, the fact remains that the cost of education in the US has escalated steadily over the past ten years, while the dollar has fared steadily in the world market. This means that while the U.S economy booms, the international students must have deep pockets to consider the U.S as a destination for higher education. However, this doesn’t have to be the case always. There are a number of institutions that provide a good education with reasonably low tuition cost. We have done a comparative study of universities based onREAD MORE