Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Bruton Outline revised Graduate Programme aimed at non-EEA students studying in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, have today (Thursday) announced changes to the Third Level Graduate Programme, a key action under the International Education Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 June]

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President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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New Travel Ban Still Sows Chaos and Confusion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2017 by steve

“A long-anticipated executive order restricting travelers from a half-dozen predominantly Muslim countries is likely to bring little certainty to American college campuses. The new order, which replaces a measure put on hold by a federal appeals court nearly a month ago, imposes a 90-day ban on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens of six countries …” (more)

[Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 March]

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Students still keen on J1 opportunity despite Trump

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish students have vowed to press ahead with their J1 visits to the US despite many finding President Donald Trump’s policies ‘worrying’. Students said they were wary when Mr Trump threatened to ‘terminate’ the J1 programme that allows Irish students work in the US …” (more)

[Chai Brady, Independent, 17 February]

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Ireland extends post study rules for Indians

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has given the permission to double the ‘stay-back option’ for master’s and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. The government is making it easier for Indian students who have graduated in Ireland to stay-on after they finish studying …” (more)

[Hindustan Times, 14 February]

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Extension of ‘stay back option’ for international postgraduate students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has agreed to a policy which now allows international postgraduates to stay in the country for up to two years after finishing their degree. The policy extends the Third Level Graduate Scheme to non-EU/EEA residents who have studied in Ireland to be eligible to legally work for 40 hours per week …” (more)

[Maguire Sedgwick, University Oberver, 6 February]

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Trinity Scientist Opens Lab to Scientists Stranded by Trump’s Ban on Immigration

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A number of labs in Ireland, one in Trinity, are offering positions to scientists affected by President Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven, largely muslim countries, from entering the US. Many individuals enroute to the US were left stranded in the wake of the sudden and immediate executive order banning citizens from these countries …” (more)

[Jamie Sugrue, University Times, 3 February]

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US immigration ban impacts many students and academic travel from Ireland, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed grave concerns at the Executive order signed by new US President, Donald Trump, prohibiting citizens of seven countries from entering the USA. Mike Jennings said the ban has immediate implications for the entry of students and academic staff to the US, including people living in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 February]

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Trump Is Undermining Higher Education as a Global Enterprise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“There are many reasons to be outraged at President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily suspending refugee arrivals and barring individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States …” (more)

[Molly Land and Kathryn Libal, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 January]

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European universities call for immediate rethinking of Trump’s executive order

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“The European University Association (EUA) is deeply concerned by the executive order issued by US President Donald Trump and its immediate and unnecessary consequences on international researchers, university faculty and students …” (more)

[Trinity College, 31 January]

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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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 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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