Company behind Shelbourne College listed for strike-off by CRO

Watson College Limited, the company that traded as Shelbourne College, has been listed for strike off by the Companies Registration Office (CRO). This usually happens when a company has not filed annual returns (accounts) for a long period, as in this case; Watson College Limited’s last filing was at the end of 2013. There is a short period during which directors of a company can resolve the situation but that would appear unlikely in this instance. After strike off, a company ceases to exist as a legal entity.

Strike-off is an expected step for all colleges which have ceased trading without going into liquidation. The company being listed for strike-off does not make any change to the overall situation for anyone who lost money to this college.


Update 12/4/16 – Allied Irish College Ltd, the Cork-based tie in with Millennium College and the 5th college to close in 2014, has also been listed for strike-off.

Update 18/4/16 – Watson College Limited has been struck off the register of companies and is now dissolved.

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More closures expected with launch of ILEP

As reported in The Sunday Independent, further closures are expected after English language school rules to come into force on Wednesday 20th January. This is the date for publication of the new ILEP visa list which will show only those courses and colleges which have met stricter immigration requirements.

ICOS advises students planning to buy a course to wait until the new list is published on 20th January before making a decision. From the date of publication, immigration permissions will only be issued for courses and colleges appearing on the new list. See more

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