English Language ‘Visa Factories’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor has said that more monitoring and stronger regulation is needed in the privately delivered English language sector. Disingenuous schools are using the current student visa rules for non-EEA Nationals to setup unsustainable businesses. The standard visa for pursuing an English language programme on the Interim list of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) is 8 months allowing students work up to 20hrs per week and up to 40hrs during the summer months …” (more)

[Senator Anthony Lawlor, 6 December]

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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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‘A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom’

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: International students have not traditionally been the focus of labour law scholarship, in part because their central purpose in a foreign country is to study rather than work. It is also generally accepted that there is no special reason to focus on international students as a distinct category of workers. This article attests to the particular vulnerability of international students in domestic labour markets, drawing on a comparative study of government policy and practice in relation to international students in Australia and the UK. Immigration rules in both jurisdictions frame the manner in which international students engage in the labour market during their studies. These rules restrict the hours in which international students can engage in paid work during semester, and if breached can result in the international students being deported from the host country. This has the effect of limiting the job market for international students, increasing the power of employers and reducing the likelihood international students will report exploitative work. Instead of strict work hour limits and deportation for breach, governments should rely on other regulatory mechanisms for ensuring international students are present in the host country for the purpose of education rather than work.

Joanna Howe, A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom, Industrial Law Journal, https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy021. Published: 24 October 2018.

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DCU student Shepherd Machaya’s deportation order extended following extensive campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The deportation order for DCU student Shepherd Machaya has been extended until February, according to Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) President Vito Moloney-Burke. Machaya received the news today at a meeting with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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DCU president adds voice to calls on Justice Minister for review of deportation case of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has added his voice to the calls on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for a review of the case of a Zimbabwean student under deportation order. Shepherd Machaya is a second year student on a degree programme in management of information technology and information systems at DCU …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and David Fleming, Independent, 19 October]

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DCU students campaign against deportation of ‘model citizen’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University are campaigning to prevent the deportation of a scholarship student who is mid-way through his college degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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International students and the GNIB

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – The thousands of international research students at UCD share the frustration of scheduling an appointment with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The only option is to go through the online system, entering name, purpose for stay (study), nationality, and passport number …” (more)

[Carl Bindenagel, Irish Times, 2 October]

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For International Students, the Recent Re-Entry Visa Reform Is an Unnecessary Stress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent change to Ireland’s re-entry visa process, namely the discontinuation of the online appointment system, unnecessarily re-complicates a system that until now, was moving in the right direction. It reflects a fundamental misjudgement on the part of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), and could have a knock-on effect for Ireland’s recruitment capabilities …” (more)

[Jake Gilchrist, University Times, 1 October]

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US gov denies that Irish J-1 year long visa will be nixed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“US State Department denies rumors the year-long J-1 visa for Irish university students is being discontinued. The State Department has strongly denied rumors that the year-long J-1 visa which allows Irish university students and recent graduates to spend a year working in the US is being discontinued …” (more)

[Debbie McGoldrick, IrishCentral, 19 April]

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Closure of Limerick language school affects 150 foreign students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 150 foreign students and 10 staff members have been affected by the closure of a Limerick language school which lost its accreditation following an inspection by immigration authorities. Trade union Unite, which represents English language teachers, said staff at LanLearn had been left without wages, while it has expressed concern for students left ‘stranded’ by the closure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Student visa delays could cost UCD millions in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious delays for international students acquiring visas could cost UCD €8.4 million worth of fees, the college’s president Andrew Deeks has told the Department of Justice. Mr Deeks said if international students did not receive visas in time to start their studies in September millions of euros in fees would be lost, causing major ‘reputational damage’ to Ireland’s universities internationally …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 August]

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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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