Category Archives: immigration

Closed colleges: The Sunday Times on what inspectors found when visiting

The Sunday Times has used Freedom of Information rules to obtain inspection reports on a number of closed colleges. It is a remarkable read. Here are just some of the revelations… Continue reading

20th January 2016 confirmed as date for new ILEP and 8 month English visas

BIG changes for English language students from 20th January 2016

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Department of Education and Skills releases statement on International Education Reforms

Following today’s protest by students and staff hit by college closures, the Department of Education has released a joint statement with the Department of Justice. It commits the government to signing off on reform plans ‘in the next two weeks’.

“The two Departments have … produced a package of reforms to the student immigration system for international education which will be brought to Government for its approval in the next two weeks. These reforms will drive a restructuring in the sector which will improve the overall quality of offering to international students, improve protection for learners, enhance Ireland’s reputation and diminish negative impacts on the Irish labour market and social protection costs, strongly in line with the goals of Ireland’s international education strategy.”

Changes to visa policy – advice guides

All non-EEA students looking to buy a course at present should check our advice on upcoming changes to student visa policy in Ireland. We have a guide for English language students and one for non-English language students. EEA nationals should also take note of possible impacts.