UK considers plans to nearly halve international student visas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

“The Home Office is considering cutting international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, Education Guardian can reveal. The threat is being greeted with dismay by university heads, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on spurious grounds …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 12 December]

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Trump and the J-1 Visa: Is it going to be abolished?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

USA“In August 2015, Donald Trump declared that if he were to be elected as president, the J-1 Visa would be terminated. The billionaire businessman described the scheme as a jobs programme for ‘foreign youths’ and wanted it replaced with a scheme which created jobs for young people in US inner cities …” (more)

[Amy Molloy, Independent, 9 November]

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Russia tops league for number of visas to study in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. India had the highest number of visas refused for an individual country …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Changes in the J1 VISA Programme Will Ruin a Tradition for Irish Students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Last week, after months of speculation, the US State Department confirmed sweeping changes to the J1 VISA programme, meaning that from next year young Irish people will need pre-arranged employment before heading to the US …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 17 November]

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Students and J-1 visas

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am somewhat amused by the negative reaction from Irish politicians on all sides to the US decision that Irish students must have a job already lined up in the US before being awarded a student working visa there …” (more)

[Sean O Sullivan, Irish Times, 18 November]

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New J1 rule to get US job before travel means fewer students will travel on visa, says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fewer people will apply for J1 visas after changes to the programme, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The union added it was very disappointed with new rules which mean students will have to have been offered a job before they leave Ireland in order to gain entry to the US …” (more)

[, 12 November]

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Students warned they must find jobs before getting J1s

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students could lose out on summer trips to the United States next year after the American government changed the terms of the J1 visa programme. Under new rules for 2016, all Irish students must obtain work before they travel to the States, and have those jobs vetted by American authorities …” (more)

[Greg Harkin, Independent, 12 November]

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English-language schools shouldn’t help facilitate illegal immigration

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is finally attempting to clampdown on rogue English-language schools by introducing a raft of new regulations. The recent review of the language school sector made the Department of Justice conclude that while most colleges were reputable educators …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 27 May]

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Language school reforms to eliminate ‘visa factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Reforms welcomed by bodies representing students and regulated private colleges. Reforms to the immigration system for private colleges and English language schools will eliminate rogue operators and ‘blatant abuses’, the Government has said …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 25 May]

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London’s international students prove lucrative for UK economy, claims study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“International students in London contribute net gains of £2.3bn a year towards the UK economy, yet many of them say Britain’s immigration system has negatively affected their experience of studying here, according to a study …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 18 May]

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Students told to get guarantee before paying language schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students who want to study at private language schools in the State should seek a written guarantee that their fees will be protected before handing over any money, the Department of Justice has said. In a statement, the department acknowledged the escalating concern over the lack of regulation in the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Student immigration reforms promised

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A package of reforms concerning student immigration system for international education is to be brought to Cabinet in the next two weeks. The Department of Education has admitted that the recent closures of some private language colleges have highlighted what it calls ‘concerning practices’ in parts of the sector …” (more)

[, 5 May]

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Limerick City College has ‘nothing to hide’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A private college in Limerick has ‘nothing to hide’ arising from an investigation by immigration officials that has seen restrictions imposed on overseas students, its owner has said. Glen Anderson said Limerick City College was appealing a decision by the Department of Justice to suspend its non-EU students from registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 28 April]

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2,500 students owed millions in college closures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At least 2,500 foreign students are each owed refunds of between €600 and €6,000 by 10 private colleges which have closed down over the past year. A Sunday Independent investigation today reveals the extent of the student visa controversy …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 25 January]

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Meanwhile, In The High Court

Posted in Legal issues on January 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘High Court has declared new Dept of Justice regulations for language schools illegal. Rules would have forced closure of many schools.’ Two English language schools in Dublin, Academic Bridge and the National Employee Development Training Centre, had taken proceedings against the Department of Justice in the High Court …” (more)

[, 13 January]

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Theresa May’s overseas students plan ‘blocked’ by Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2015 by steve

UK“Plan to force overseas students to leave the UK after graduation appears to have been blocked by George Osborne …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 7 January]

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Theresa May defends student immigration policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2015 by steve

UK“Home secretary says overseas student numbers could hit 600,000 by 2020 if unchecked after criticism from James Dyson. The home secretary, Theresa May, has defended her plan to expel international students from Britain after graduation …” (more)

[Alan Travis, Guardian, 5 January]

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No Theresa May, we need those foreign graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sending students home on qualification is shortsighted vote-chasing. Companies such as Dyson could use these bright sparks …” (more)

[James Dyson, Guardian, 4 January]

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Former Tory universities minister slams Theresa May’s plan to curb overseas student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, blasts the Home Secretary’s proposal for a student visa overhaul …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 23 December]

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English language schools take legal action against Department of Justice

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dublin-based English language schools Academic Bridge and NED Training Centre have issued proceedings against the Department of Justice in the High Court today following the department’s decision to introduce new accreditation requirements for English language courses this year …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 10 November]

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