Student Guidelines - New Immigration Regime for Full Time non-EEA Students

The Final Report and Recommendations of the Interdepartmental Committee to oversee reform of the non-EEA student immigration regime was published on 22 September 2010. The Report entitled 'New Immigration Regime for Full Time non-EEA Students' contains more than 20 recommendations designed to reform the student immigration regime in a manner that is better integrated with Ireland's immigration policy generally while providing a stronger regulatory framework for the sustainable development of the international education sector.

A number of the recommendations contained in the Report will now come into effect from 1 January 2011. These recommendations include the introduction of maximum periods of residence in the State on foot of a student permission and the introduction of a differentiated approach as between "Degree Programme" courses and those at the "Language or Non Degree Programme" level.

In order to ensure a smooth transition from the old regime to the new, special transitional arrangements have been set for those students already in the State who will be affected by the changes.

Set out below are clear guidelines regarding the operation of the new regime for Full Time non-EEA Students

These guidelines will be of benefit to students currently in Ireland as well as to students who wish to travel to Ireland in the future for the purpose of pursuing a course of study.

New ImmigrationáRegime for Full Time Non-EEA Students (Size 728KB)á This document is a pdf

Guidelines for Degree Programme Students (Size 205KB)á This document is a pdf

Guidelines for Language and Non-Degree Programme Students (Size 199KB)á This document is a pdfá

Guidelines for Non-EEA Students coming to Ireland to study for a Semester (Size 62KB)á This document is a pdfá

Guidelines for Non-EEA Students Registered in Irelandábefore 1 January 2011 (Size 177KB)á This document is a pdfá

Notice regarding Short Term Language Students (Size 44KB)á This document is a pdfá

Transitional Arrangements regarding the placement in schools of non-EEA Children not accompanied by parents and of children (Size 76KB)á This document is a pdf

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For informationáregarding evidence of finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011 please click on the following link:áStudent Finances: Notice Regarding Evidence of Finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011

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For information regarding the requirement to hold private medical insurance please read the following notice

Private Medical Insurance for full-time Non-EEA Students (Size 22KB)á This document is a pdf

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The following clarifies the implications of the new immigration regime for Non-EEA Students, for the administration of the Internationalisation Register from 01 January 2011

Internationalisation Register Criteria 01.01.11 (Size 134KB)á This document is a pdfá

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The following supplementary notice clarifies the position regarding the status of certain vocational and other programmes offered by providersáregarding their eligibility for inclusion in the Internationalisation Register.

Notice on the Status of Vocational, Business and Other Courses from 1 July 2011 (Size 18KB) This document is a pdf