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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 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)

[Broadsheet.ie, 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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Don’t let immigration policy push students and academics away from the UK

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

UK“The UK has taken a bad turn in its attitude towards foreigners. I am a Portuguese national doing biomedical research for the NHS and King’s College London in collaboration with very talented staff from all over the world …” (more)

[Filipe Gracio, The Conversation, 23 October]

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Students and workers queue overnight in search of visas

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Foreign students and workers are facing a winter of shivering overnight queues in Dublin to have visas renewed. Students financially crippled by the closures of seven English language schools this year are being doubly punished as they have been told they have to pay fees to new schools if they want their visas renewed …” (more)

[Jim Cusack, Independent, 28 September]

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Some foreign language schools were ‘visa factories’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Another sector governed by light touch regulation; another mopping up exercise. Two Ministers stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday and assured international students that the ‘necessary’ level of inspections would be put in place to guarantee they would no longer be prey to rogue foreign language schools …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Students from closed colleges must be in education for immigration reasons – Minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“International students affected by college closures must now be in full-time study to comply with their immigration requirements the Minister for Justice has said today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 September]

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Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A tighter regime for the issuing of student visas is the cornerstone of the Government’s new plan for regulation of the international education sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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State targets operation of English schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The Government will today outline measures to prevent abuse of the student immigration regime which was highlighted by the abrupt closure of several English language colleges this year …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Universities lack the lobbying clout to exempt students from migration target

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“A recent joint report by British Future and Universities UK has criticised the Coalition for imposing unnecessary limits on the numbers of foreign students allowed into the country …” (more)

[Tim Bale, The Conversation, 27 August]

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