All-Ireland Work Visa for Graduates is Needed to Cope with Brexit, says Ulster University Head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, Paddy Nixon, has called for the introduction of an all-Ireland work visa for students after they graduate, adding to calls for Irish and UK governments to address the challenges facing universities post-Brexit …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 May]

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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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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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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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Irish J1 students denied housing in Berkeley because of nationality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students working in Berkeley, California on a J1 visa say they have encountered difficulties in securing accommodation because they are Irish. One young woman told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk that she was advised to ‘stay off balconies’, almost a year since six students died in a balcony collapse in the city …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 31 May]

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J1 visa would continue if Trump elected, says US law lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An American law lecturer says that the J1 scheme will continue even if Donald Trump is elected as President of the United States …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 23 May]

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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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Profits halved at student travel specialists USIT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“USIT, the student travel company that specialises in J1 work visas, has seen its profits halved after a rise in administration costs …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Independent, 16 September]

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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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Universities being used as proxy border police, say academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Academics accuse UK Visas and Immigration of undermining trust between universities and students in crackdown …” (more)

[Alexandra Topping, Guardian, 2 March]

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Visa reform needed to attract investment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland’s visa regime must become more streamlined to attract investment, students and tourists, business chiefs have warned …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 24 January]

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Some employers are reluctant to hire students, this will make it even tougher

Posted in Legal issues on May 21st, 2013 by steve

“A student who spent last summer living and working in the US believes the proposed new system is ‘totally unfeasible’ and will make it almost impossible for many students to avail of the J1 visa …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 21 May]

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Fears for future of J1 programme as sponsors hit with €500 levy

Posted in Legal issues on May 21st, 2013 by steve

“The future of the J1 visa that allows thousands of Irish students to travel and work in the United States each summer is under threat in the new immigration reform bill going through the US senate …” (more)

[Bette Brown, Independent, 21 May]

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Fast-Track ‘Scientific Visa’ attracts talented researchers to Ireland to boost innovation

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland’s reputation as an innovation hub has been given a boost by the introduction of a fast-track scientific visa, a new survey of internationally mobile researchers reveals. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science launched the findings of the survey …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 May]

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Fast-track visa is key to attracting researchers

Posted in Research on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland’s streamlined work visa system is a strong factor in getting top scientists to locate here. Ireland has been operating a fast-track immigration scheme for non-EU researchers since 2007 …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Anti-Immigrant Photobomb

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2013 by steve

“Outside Leinster House, Dublin, this morning. Aine Ni Chonaill, founder of the Immigration Control Platform (ICP), protests the issuing of student visas to foreign students …” (more, photo)

[Broadsheet.ie, 16 January]

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Student Visas

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made in achieving the goal, as set out in the Programme for Government, to overhaul the student visa system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 24 October]

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The challenge of academic visas: are restrictive rules and processes holding back good research?

Posted in Legal issues on January 12th, 2012 by steve

“Research fellow Sarah Emily Duff describes the impact applying for visas for conferences and work overseas has on her role as an academic in a developing nation …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 January]

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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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