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Monday, July 8, 2024

Student visas for USA, UK or Canada: what is the situation due to the pandemic?

It is positioned among the top favorite destinations for foreigners and is characterized, among many things, by its excellent pedagogy. According to official announcements by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service, the regulations for international students who register at American universities will remain the same during the first quarter of 2021.

This implies that, although normally international students must remain in the United States while studying to maintain their visa status, due to the pandemic, they have been allowed to continue their studies online at American universities, that is, those who have been admitted and have a valid visa will be able to register 100% online, but they must remain in the country where they are studying.

On the contrary, those interested who are outside the United States will not be able to take a full load, they will only be able to enter the country if they obtain a visa and enroll in at least one face-to-face course.

As for the documentation needed to enter an institution, first, both the applicant and the university must be registered in the Information System for Students and Beneficiaries of Exchange Programs (SEVIS); second, they must submit their form and application to the Embassy or Consulate for consideration; and third, they must comply with all the documentation and legal procedures necessary for people who wish to study in the USA… As well as the requirements established by the country to guarantee the well-being of citizens and avoid possible COVID-19 infections.

United Kingdom

In January 2021, a new era began between the United Kingdom and the European Union, with the free trade and cooperation agreement that will govern relations between the two territories coming into force, after four years of Brexit negotiations.

As for studies , any foreign student (including Spanish students) will need a visa to study in the United Kingdom. Those interested, who are over 16 years old, can apply for one if the accredited institution where they are going to start can act as a "sponsor".

For applications for courses of up to 6 months in length, English, business or other language training, a visa will not be required, provided that the student is studying at an accredited institution. In the specific case of English courses, there are short-term study visas of up to 11 months.

In short, the United Kingdom confirms its commitment to students , and if the course is less than six months, a visa will not generally be required. If it lasts more than six months, you will need to apply for a student visa, which will allow you to stay for the duration of your studies.

By clicking here you can find out what the current situation is regarding Brexit.


Canada is one of the most interesting countries that millions of foreigners dream of or have as a goal to start their studies. A place where the quality of life is at the top worldwide, characterized by high-level training and that has very favorable immigration policies... But, what is the visa process like if you want to study in this country? What is the current reality ?

Canada has made sure to provide protection to its students, so not all schools are in-person and many of them are teaching classes remotely. This is a plus, since if you want to live the experience of returning to school in person, you must make sure that your institute is included in the  DLI (Designated Learning Institutions) registry , which, so far, have been authorized to receive students.

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