COVID-19 Update: Latest Travel Restriction for Viet Nam-Bound Travelers

Viet Nam is doing what it has to do to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is at a very modest 49 cases, as of this writing, including 16 patients who have long since recovered. Isn't it ironic that Viet Nam is placing restrictions on UK and other European travelers? Another graphic example of how … Continue reading COVID-19 Update: Latest Travel Restriction for Viet Nam-Bound Travelers

Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

The Vietnamese government, i.e., the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), has become increasingly sophisticated regarding the establishment of foreign campuses in Viet Nam. Reprinted below is an English translation of the text of Decree 99, courtesy of Tilleke & Gibbins, which will take effect next month. Shalom (שלום), MAA  On December 30, 2019, the government … Continue reading Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

Tier 4 Visa Issuance Data: Update for Study Abroad Market Stakeholders

Below is a copy/paste from a recent StudyUK/British Council update, very good news for UK educational institutions and those, consultants and education agents, who help promote and facilitate study in the UK.  (I wish the US government were as efficient, detailed, and timely with its updates.  I and many others also wish that the F-1 … Continue reading Tier 4 Visa Issuance Data: Update for Study Abroad Market Stakeholders

May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

Modest Upward Trend Continues I have some good news for those of you who are involved in the recruitment of US-bound Vietnamese students.  Since this is International Education Week (IEW) in the US, this is a fitting time to upload this post!   Interest in study in the USA among Vietnamese parents and students remains high, … Continue reading May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

The adjusted refusal rate for B (tourist/business) visas issued to Vietnamese citizens in 2018 was 26.2%, which means the issuance rate was 73.8%. I wish we had access to the same information for F-1 (student) visas broken down by state and even institution and type of institution.   Student visa issuance rates are generally quite a … Continue reading B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018

As US international student recruiters know all too well, these are tough times for most institutions for a variety of social, political, and economic reasons.  Viet Nam, however, remains a bright spot on the recruitment horizon.  As of March 2019, there were 30,684 young Vietnamese studying in the US at all levels, most in higher … Continue reading US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018