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.
For information regarding evidence of finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011 please click on the following link: Student Finances: Notice Regarding Evidence of Finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011
For information regarding the requirement to hold private medical insurance please read the following notice
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
The following supplementary notice clarifies the position regarding the status of certain vocational and other programmes offered by providers regarding their eligibility for inclusion in the Internationalisation Register.