Is Ireland’s International Student Bubble About to Burst?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The interruption of lectures twinned with a sharp decline in international students has precipitated a cash flow problem for the majority of Irish universities, Trinity not least among them. With Queen’s College Belfast chartering literal planes to fly in foreign students and societies seeing corporate sponsorship dry up, the business model by which Irish universities have coasted on appears to be hitting a fork in the road …” (more)

[Ciaran Brennan, The Burkean, 18 October]

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Major Changes to Student Visa Rules Proposed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration is set to publish a new proposed rule today that would set fixed terms of up to four years for student visas and establish procedures for international students to apply to extend their stay and continue studying in the United States …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]

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JI visa rite of passage falls by wayside in Covid-restricted US

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

“Nestled on a cove in the pretty New England state of Rhode Island, Newport has long been a destination for wealthy American holidaymakers. Edith Wharton, the incisive chronicler of New York high society, bought an oceanfront property in the town in 1893 …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 25 July]

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Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule Amid Widespread Pushback

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration has rescinded guidance that would have prohibited international students from studying at campuses offering online-only instruction this fall. The move came on Tuesday amid widespread pushback from the higher-education community that included multiple lawsuits and a near-unanimous chorus of protest …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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Harvard, MIT sue over ICE policy to expel foreign students amid online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Harvard University, along with MIT, has filed suit to block a Trump Administration policy banning international students at colleges and universities conducting classes online from staying in the United States. ‘We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal’, said Harvard President Lawrence Bacow in a message to the university community Wednesday morning …” (more)

[Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald, 8 July]

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Irish Exchange Students Face US Deportation Amid Transition To Online Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Monday 6 July, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that any exchange students that are currently studying or beginning to study for Autumn in America must leave the country or risk deportation. The ruling states that any colleges that are to run exclusively online learning from now and in the upcoming semester cannot take any exchange students …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 7 July]

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US to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Foreign students in the United States – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online this autumn or if they transfer to another school with in-person instruction, a government agency has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 July]

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Trump has just made it harder to attract academic talent

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 20 June the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting entry to the United States under H-1B visas and several categories of the J-1 exchange visitor programme. Both are fundamental for the operation of United States colleges and universities …” (more)

[Gerardo Blanco, University World News, 4 July]

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60-day pause placed on J-1 visa programme over coronavirus concerns will not impact students travelling this summer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

“A 60-day temporary pause has been placed on J-1 visa programmes in response to coronavirus concerns, but students looking to travel Stateside this summer are currently unaffected by the measure. The US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) on Thursday announced it is temporarily pausing all ECA-funded programs, including the J-1 visa, for 60 days …” (more)

[Aoife Walsh, Independent, 14 March]

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Dramatic decline in J1 visa popularity prompts calls for government action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students flying over to the US on a J1 visa is in decline – but the companies that sponsor travelling students say they’re committed to the programme …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, TheJournal.ie, 7 January]

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Number of Students Participating in J1 Visa Programme Declining – Haughey

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign and European Affairs Seán Haughey TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined steadily since 2013. The information was released to Deputy Haughey by way of parliamentary questions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 6 January]

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New immigrant registration system for students introduced

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from outside Europe who live in the greater Dublin area will be able to renew their immigration registration through a new online system from August 26th. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan announced plans on Monday to replace the current system which requires Dublin-based non-EEA students to present in person at the Burgh Quay Registration Office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Fresh hope visa scheme will be extended to Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is renewed hope that a special US visa scheme will be extended to Irish citizens who want to work in the US. Irish-American congressman Richard Neal is set to reintroduce a bill that could see around 5,000 work visas made available to Irish people under the E3 programme …” (more)

[Independent, 15 March]

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Eight undocumented Leaving Cert students face ‘limbo’ after exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Eight undocumented Leaving Certificate pupils in a Co Galway school will not be eligible to go college or university due to their legal status. The students, all Brazilian, arrived in Ireland as children during the economic boom years and have spent a decade or more at primary and secondary level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Undocumented Galway student appeals for help to get university place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Leaving Cert student from Galway has appealed for help with her legal status so she can attend university …” (more)

[Steve Neville, Irish Examiner, 5 March]

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US visa bill for Irish graduates scuppered by single US senator

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“New efforts will have to be made to secure thousands of potential new US working visas for Irish people after the deadline passed for it to be approved in the US Senate …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 January]

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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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