Covid-19 response: New Zealand allows international students, temporary visa-holders working in supermarkets to work full-time

30 March 2020 | The Indian Weekender

Action: Changes have been made to immigration instructions to relax visa restrictions for two groups of current supermarket employees for a period of 30 days.

In a major move to ramp-up the shortage of work-force in the supermarkets, the Immigration New Zealand has just now issued a relaxation allowing international students to work full-time as a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus: Indian students stranded in UK urge Modi for rescue flight

29 March 2020 | Livemint

Action: A group of at least 380 students from India has started a data chain with their passport details to create a collective voice to lobby the Indian government for action.

Hundreds of Indian students stranded in the UK have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to organise a rescue flight amid the ongoing travel ban enforced by India to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Kyrgyzstan medical school says Indian students safe

29 March 2020 | Times of India

Action: All the students are in sound mental and physical health and the entire campus is sealed for the external world and any entry from outside is prohibited.

Amid concern over safety of Indian students in Kyrgyzstan, including 450 from Chhattisgarh, International School of Medicine (ISM) at Biskek has maintained that all possible measures to ensure safety of the students in view of prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Government set to cap university admissions amid Covid-19 chaos

29 March 2020 | The Guardian

Action: Strict limits on the number of students that each university in England can recruit are set to be imposed by the government in an effort to avoid a free-for-all on admissions.

British universities faced a black hole of hundreds of millions of pounds in tuition fees as international students from China and other countries severely affected by coronavirus are forced to cancel or postpone enrolments.

Indian-Americans Offer Free Accommodation to Stranded Indian Students

28 March 2020 | NDTV India

Action: The Indian–American community is giving some ray of hope to the Indian students who are stranded in the United States due to a lockdown imposed in countries to contain coronavirus or COVID-19.

A group of hoteliers and small business owners of Indian heritage have offered free accommodation in their hotels and homes to those Indian students stranded in the US, in the aftermath of the lockdown measures undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the spread of the contagious infection.

295 Students Stranded in Russia

28 March 2020 | NDTV India

Action: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh has urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to ensure that the 295 Indian students stranded in Russia are taken care of.

In a letter to the Union minister on Friday, Mr Singh said he knew the parents of the students and that they had asked him to take up their case. These students are in Kalbardino-Balkar State University in Russia’s Nalchik and they want to come back to India.

Indian students of US in the soup over getting temporary jobs

27 March 2020 | The Hindu

Action: The US government is likely to give several concessions to OPT students once it overcomes the epidemic and there will be several legal protections as well.

Indian students, who are about to complete their Masters in the United States are facing a huge crisis fearing their future over the Optional Practical Training Programme (OPT) that allows international students to temporarily work in the United States once they graduate.

Coping strategies: Indian students under Swiss lockdown

27 March 2020 | Swiss Info

Action: Unable to return home to India due to coronavirus-related flight restrictions, students studying in Switzerland are showing their resilience and inventiveness.

Given the trying circumstances, the students seem satisfied with how Swiss universities have responded. Many of the schools offer online courses and help students remotely by providing them licensed versions of video conferencing tools like Zoom.

Indian students can return to India after travel ban is lifted: Embassy

26 March 2020 | India Today

Action: Hundreds of Indian students, stranded in the Philippines, can fly back to India when the temporary travel ban is lifted, the Indian embassy said.

Embassy is in regular contact with students in Perpetual Help. Shops & essential stores in area open. Indian restaurants are ready to deliver. 16,000 Indian students in Philippines are advised-can travel to India when temporary ban is lifted.

Coronavirus: Plea in HC for evacuation of students stranded in Bangladesh

26 March 2020 | India Today

Action: A plea was moved in the Delhi High Court on seeking direction to the Centre to evacuate around 580 Indian medical students stranded in Bangladesh due to coronavirus pandemic.

The plea sought direction to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to forthwith take steps for safe and secure return on Indian citizens who are stuck in Bangladesh. Most of the students are residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

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