The Return of Erasmus in the US and J1s as Biden is Set to Lift Travel Ban

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On the 20th of September, the Biden administration announced they would be lifting the travel ban instated at the outset of the pandemic. For over 18 months, 33 countries including the members of the European Union, India, Iran and China amongst others have faced a blanket travel ban from the US …” (more)

[Rory Fleming, College Tribune, 10 October]

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Exchange Students – USA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that exchange students who will be studying in the coming academic year in the USA cannot sit visa interviews due to Covid-19 restrictions; the steps he is taking to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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International students call for visa extension to mitigate Covid impact

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students are calling for their visas to be extended because they have not been able to fullfil ‘a vital part’ of their reason for studying in Ireland – the chance to work in graduate level employment. The Third Level Graduate Programme allows Irish educated non-EEA graduates remain here after their studies, for the purpose of seeking graduate level employment. The graduates are generally permitted to work here for between one and two years …” (more)

[Sharon Tobin, RTÉ News, 15 June]

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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,, 7 January]

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Decline In J1 Students Needs To Be Addressed – Collins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Niall Collins TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined in recent years. The figures released to Deputy Collins reveal that the number of students heading to the US on the J1 Visa has declined from 4,347 in 2016 to 4,190 in 2017 to 3,522 in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 July]

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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)

[, 3 January]

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US visa bill for Irish graduates set to be casualty of ‘mayhem and crisis’ in Washington

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hopes for thousands of new US working visas for Irish people look to have been scuppered by a last-minute objection by a single US Senator. The bill sought to allow Irish citizens avail of surplus E-3 visas that are specifically for Australians …” (more)

[, 21 December]

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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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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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For some, borders are now an insurmountable barrier to attending international academic conferences

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2018 by steve

International“Conference attendance is an important part of an academic’s work, offering opportunities to present and receive feedback on recent research, and also to make new connections and expand professional networks. When deciding whether or not to attend an event, the cost of travel or having an abstract accepted remain the determining factors to many. But for some, as Donald Nicolson writes, more restrictive border policies have meant securing a visa and obtaining clearance to attend international events can be difficult or even impossible …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 28 August]

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J-1 agencies’ hidden fees and strict rules lead to student frustration

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Travelling to the US on a working holiday has been a rite of passage for Irish third-level students for generations but an absence of both choice and transparency when arranging the necessary visas has led many to ask if the price they pay is just too high. Every summer up to 7,000 Irish students head off across the Atlantic …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, Irish Times, 4 December]

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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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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)

[, 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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