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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Call for action to ease plight of displaced students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Student representatives say Government plans to enforce standards in English language schools will not be enough to ease the plight of hundreds of overseas students affected by recent college closures …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 May]

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Task force to ‘accommodate’ language students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“An interdepartmental task force has been set up to manage the fallout from the recent closure of a number of private language colleges. The task force, which will be jointly chaired by officials from the Departments of Education and Justice, said it had set itself a number of ‘urgent’ goals …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Language schools sector to be reformed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Some English language schools have abused their status to act as fronts for people seeking work in Ireland, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned. He said he and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald brought the matter to Cabinet yesterday and will now move to reform the sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Laos student visas approved

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2011 by steve

“Sir, – With reference to a letter regarding a group of visa applicants from Laos (‘Students’ visas refused’, Seamus O’Grady, July 10th), I am happy to say that their visas have now been approved by INIS (Irish Naturalisation Immigration Service) …” (more)

[Colm Breathnach, Irish Times, 14 July]

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Foreign students should be encouraged

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2011 by steve

“It is difficult to fathom the reason why the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) recently refused visa applications for 11 young overseas students who wanted to study the English language here for a month, at a time when Ireland needs all the foreign income, and goodwill, it can get …” (more)

[Edward Morris, Independent, 12 July]

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