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Immigration for full time non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss students

The Final Report and Recommendations of the Interdepartmental Committee to oversee reform of the non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss 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-EU/EEA and non-Swiss Students.



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Updated: 16 November 2017

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