Students

Students – I want to study in Ireland

 

 

Notice for students of Leinster College

Following the closure of Leinster College, all non-EEA national students who were enrolled on programmes with Leinster College are advised that your immigration permission to reside legally in the State requires you to be enrolled on an academic programme in an appropriate college.  The purpose of this note is to advise students on what you need to do next. 

 

Immigration permissions for current Leinster College students

All students of Leinster College will be regarded as being on academic holiday until 1 March 2015.  This is to allow you a period of time to address your education situation.

 

Students also need to be aware of important changes being made in the rules for international education and immigration. 

 

If your immigration permission expires before 1 March January 2015, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will consider that you have completed your programme in Leinster College and you are not required to attend classes up to the end of your immigration permission.  English language students wishing to attend classes for the remaining weeks of your immigration permission can avail of the Taskforce offer outlined on this website www.studenttaskforce.ie

 

You may renew your residency permission at its expiry in the normal manner. 

 

In what College/Course can I enrol?  You may enrol on any course that is listed on the Internationalisation Register (or Interim List of Eligible Programmes) at the time of enrolment between now and  1 March 2015 although you should take account of the fact that certain programmes on the Internationalisation  Register may not fulfil the criteria for inclusion on the ILEP in to the future.  This does not prevent you continuing to study on the programme but you should be aware than if a course is removed from the Register the provider may not be willing to continue to provide it for existing students.  Students are advised to exercise caution in choosing a programme and ensure that the provider is of high reputation in the industry.  You should ask the provider and your agent what learner protection is provided if the programme you enrol on, ceases prior to you completing the programme.

 

When do I have to enrol on a new course?  You must enrol on a new course in advance of renewing your registration.  Your residence permission will be renewed in the normal manner provided you do not exceed the time limits. 

 

 

If your immigration permission expires after 1 March 2015 you must transfer to another course for the remainder of your immigration permission.  You must have done this by 1 March 2015.  You will not be required to re-register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) when you transfer to another course.  However you are required to send an enrolment letter from your new college together with a completed copy of the College Transfer Form that can be downloaded here.   You may renew your immigration permission when it expires in 2015 in the normal manner and subject to the normal time limits for study permission in Ireland.  However it will be a condition of renewal that you have transferred to another course, submitted the College Transfer Form and have complied with all other immigration requirements for non-EEA national students. 

 

On what College/Course can I enrol?  If your permission expires after 1 March 2015 you are permitted to avail of the solution that has been established for students affected by College closures, which includes a discounted language course co-ordinated through Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).   Students wishing to avail of this solution should first consult the web-page www.studenttaskforce.ie and then contact the MEI office. 

Students who do not wish to avail of the Task Force offer may make alternative arrangements with other colleges entirely at your own risk.  You may enrol on any course that is listed on the Internationalisation Register (or Interim List of Eligible Programmes) at the time of enrolment.   You should enquire with the college as to the learner protection arrangements it has in place. 

 

When do I have to enrol on a new course?  You must enrol on an alternative course before 1 March 2015 and you must have submitted your College Transfer Form together with a college admission letter to INIS before 1 March 2015. 

 

When do I renew my permission? You can renew your permission when it expires in 2015 in the normal manner.  Your permission will not be renewed if you have not complied with the above conditions. 

 

 

If you had enrolled with Leinster College and have not yet received an immigration permission - Students who have enrolled in courses at Leinster College and have not yet received immigration permission cannot unfortunately be granted permission until such time as they have found another course.  The right to reside in Ireland and to work is dependent on pursuing an eligible education programme.  The recovery of fees from Leinster College is a matter that should be pursued with the liquidator. 

 

On what College/Course can I enrol?  You are permitted to avail of the solution that has been established for students affected by College closures, which includes a discounted language course co-ordinated through Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).   Students wishing to avail of this solution should first consult the web-page www.studenttaskforce.ie and then contact the MEI office. 

 

Students who do not wish to avail of the Task Force offer may make alternative arrangements with other colleges entirely at your own risk.  You may enrol on any course that is listed on the Internationalisation Register (or Interim List of Eligible Programmes) at the time of enrolment.   You should enquire with the college as to the learner protection arrangements it has in place. 

 

 

When do I have to enrol to a new course?  You must enrol on an alternative course before 1 March 2015.  You will not be issued with a student immigration permission unless you have enrolled on a course. 

 

All students affected by the closure of Leinster College should take the upcoming changes to the schedule of eligible academic programmes into consideration when deciding on an alternative education programme.  Not all of the programmes that are currently listed on the Internationalisation Register will be included on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).  Students who enrol on Internationalisation Register Programmes between now and 1 March 2015 will be permitted to complete that course.  However, if you choose to enrol on a programme that will not be included in the ILEP you must be aware that you do so at your own risk.  You must ask the provider and your agent what learner protection is provided if the programme you enrol on ceases prior to you completing the programme. Students pursuing this option should satisfy themselves that the college delivering your programme of choice is fully committed to delivering the programme to completion and has the proper capacity to do so. 

 

New website www.studenttaskforce.ie launched to assist students affected by College Closures

International students affected by the recent closure of several private colleges are to be offered alternative courses in high-quality, approved English language schools at a heavily discounted rate.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., are announcing the new initiative as part of the response to the private college closures which have seen hundreds of students left without a place to study English.

This offer will be coordinated by Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), an industry body for approved English Language Schools. The courses will be offered through MEI at a cost of €60 per week which represents a discount of approximately 70%. The new courses which are being specially created for the affected students will operate to the highest standards, including small class sizes, and will be covered by MEI learner protection arrangements. Applications for these courses from the affected students will be taken from Monday 23rdJune.

Full details for students can be found at the website below

WEBSITE – www.studenttaskforce.ie

 

Please see the below information in English/Spanish/Portuguese regarding the closure of Millenium College Dublin.

Millennium College Dublin – Note for Non EEA Students

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that Millennium College Dublin has closed with immediate effect.

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Millennium College Dublin students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to millenniumcollegestudents@justice.ie.

It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status. A more detailed information note will be made available by INIS regarding students of Millennium College Dublin in the coming days. 

NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Millennium College Dublin are now deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

 

Immigration and Citizenship Policy

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

 

 

Millennium College - Nota para os estudantes não EEE
 

Naturalização da Irlanda e Serviço de Imigração ( INIS ) tomou conhecimento de que Millinneum College fechou com efeito imediato.


Não há ameaça imediata para a situação de imigração dos alunos. Todas as permissões atuais permanecem intactos.


Estudantes do Millinneum College que procuram informações sobre seu status de imigração são convidados a escrever para millinneum college students@justice.ie .


É importante que os alunos são informados sobre a forma como isso impacta fechamento sobre seu status de imigração . Uma informações mais detalhadas serão disponibilizados pelo INIS sobre estudantes da Millinneum College nos próximos dias .


NOTA : Quando entrar em contato com este endereço de e-mail os alunos são obrigados a fornecer seu nome completo , número de referência e número INIS e GNIB o que pode ser encontrado no cartão de inscrição GNIB .


Os alunos não devem comparecer na sede GNIB / INIS


Todos os alunos atuais da Millinneum College são agora considerados em férias acadêmica, até 01 de setembro de 2014 (NOTA : Refere-se aos alunos de fora do EEE/ Espaço Económico Europeu cujo permissão do aluno Imigração é actualmente em vigor) . De acordo com as condições de períodos de férias estudante,  os alunos não são obrigados a assistir às aulas durante este período e pode trabalhar até 40 horas por semana. Não há necessidade imediata para os alunos de fora do EEE a buscar um novo curso e os alunos devem ter tempo para considerar suas opções.

Imigração e Cidadania Política
Naturalização e Imigração Serviço Irlandês

 

 

Millennium College - Nota para Estudiantes No EEE
 

La naturalización de Irlanda y el Servicio de Inmigración ( INIS) se ha hecho consciente de que la Escuela de Negocios de Irlanda de Dublín ha cerrado con efecto inmediato.


No hay una amenaza inmediata a la situación de inmigración de los estudiantes.

 

Todos los permisos actuales se mantienen intactos.


Se pide a los estudiantes de Millennium College que buscan información sobre su estado migratorio a escribir a millenniumcollegestudents@justice.ie.


Es importante que los estudiantes estén informados de cómo funciona este cierre impactos sobre su estatus migratorio. Una información más detallada será puesto a disposición por el INIS respecto a los estudiantes de Millennium College en los próximos días.


NOTA : Cuando se comunique con esta dirección de correo electrónico los estudiantes están obligados a dar su nombre completo , número de referencia y número de INIS y GNIB ambos de los cuales se pueden encontrar en la tarjeta de registro GNIB .


Los estudiantes no deben asistir a las oficinas GNIB / INIS


Todos los estudiantes actuales del Millennium College Dublin están consideradas en las vacaciones académicas, hasta el 1 de septiembre 2014 ( NOTA : Esto se refiere a los estudiantes fuera del EEE/ Espacio Económico Europeo cuya permiso de estudiante Inmigración está vigente ) . En línea con las condiciones de los períodos de vacaciones para los estudiantes, no se les exige a los estudiantes a asistir a clase durante este período y pueden trabajar hasta 40 horas por semana. No hay ninguna necesidad inmediata para los estudiantes de fuera del EEE para buscar un nuevo curso y los estudiantes deben tomar el tiempo para considerar sus opciones.

Inmigración y Política de Ciudadanía
Naturalización e Inmigración Irlandes

 

 

Please see the below information in English/Spanish/Portuguese regarding the closure of Irish Busines School Dublin.


 

Irish Business School Dublin – Note for Non EEA Students

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that Irish Business School Dublin has closed with immediate effect.

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Irish Business School Dublin students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status. A more detailed information note will be made available by INIS regarding students of Irish Business School Dublin in the coming days.

NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Irish Business School Dublin are now deemed to be on academic holiday.  up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

 

Immigration and Citizenship Policy

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

 

Irlanda Dublin Business School - Nota para Estudiantes No EEE
 

La naturalización de Irlanda y el Servicio de Inmigración ( INIS) se ha hecho consciente de que la Escuela de Negocios de Irlanda de Dublín ha cerrado con efecto inmediato.


No hay una amenaza inmediata a la situación de inmigración de los estudiantes.

 

Todos los permisos actuales se mantienen intactos.


Se pide a los estudiantes de Dublín Irish Business School que buscan información sobre su estado migratorio a escribir a edencollegestudents@justice.ie .


Es importante que los estudiantes estén informados de cómo funciona este cierre impactos sobre su situación migratoria. Una información más detallada será puesto a disposición por el INIS respecto a los estudiantes de Irish Business School en los próximos días.


NOTA : Cuando se comunique con esta dirección de correo electrónico los estudiantes están obligados a dar su nombre completo , número de referencia y número de INIS y GNIB ambos de los cuales se pueden encontrar en la tarjeta de registro GNIB .


Los estudiantes no deben asistir a las oficinas GNIB / INIS


Todos los estudiantes actuales del Irish Business School Dublin están consideradas en las vacaciones académicas, hasta el 1 de septiembre 2014 ( NOTA : Esto se refiere a los estudiantes fuera del EEE/ Espacio Económico Europeo cuya permiso de estudiante Inmigración está vigente ) . En línea con las condiciones de los períodos de vacaciones para los estudiantes, no se les exige a los estudiantes a asistir a clase durante este período y pueden trabajar hasta 40 horas por semana. No hay ninguna necesidad inmediata para los estudiantes de fuera del EEE para buscar un nuevo curso y los estudiantes deben tomar el tiempo para considerar sus opciones.

Inmigración y Política de Ciudadanía
Naturalización e Inmigración Irlandes

 

 

Irish Business School Dublin - Nota para os estudantes não EEE
 

Naturalização da Irlanda e Serviço de Imigração ( INIS ) tomou conhecimento de que Irish Business School Dublin fechou com efeito imediato.


Não há ameaça imediata para a situação de imigração dos alunos. Todas as permissões atuais permanecem intactos.


Estudantes do Irish Business School de Dublin que procuram informações sobre seu status de imigração são convidados a escrever para edencollegestudents@justice.ie .


É importante que os alunos são informados sobre a forma como isso impacta fechamento sobre seu status de imigração . Uma informações mais detalhadas serão disponibilizados pelo INIS sobre estudantes da Irish Business School Dublin nos próximos dias .


NOTA : Quando entrar em contato com este endereço de e -mail os alunos são obrigados a fornecer seu nome completo , número de referência e número INIS e GNIB o que pode ser encontrado no cartão de inscrição GNIB .


Os alunos não devem comparecer na sede GNIB / INIS


Todos os alunos atuais da Irish Business School Dublin são agora considerados em férias acadêmica, até 01 de setembro de 2014 (NOTA : Refere-se aos alunos de fora do EEE/ Espaço Económico Europeu cujo permissão do aluno Imigração é actualmente em vigor) . De acordo com as condições de períodos de férias estudante,  os alunos não são obrigados a assistir às aulas durante este período e pode trabalhar até 40 horas por semana. Não há necessidade imediata para os alunos de fora do EEE a buscar um novo curso e os alunos devem ter tempo para considerar suas opções.

Imigração e Cidadania Política
Naturalização e Imigração Serviço Irlandês

 

 

 

Eden College Closure – Note for Students

NOTE: Following the closure of Eden College students are advised that INIS has not agreed to any bilateral arrangements with Eden College regarding the direct transferral of students. The normal non-EEA student immigration registration requirements will apply. Students are advised not to pay any money to or enrol with another college without first contacting INIS at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

The arrangements set out below have been put in place in order to facilitate students affected by the closure of Eden College.

 

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) notes that Eden College has closed with immediate effect. It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status.  INIS is also in discussions with the education sector as regards the options available to students who wish to complete their courses. 

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Eden College students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to edencollegestudents@justice.ie. NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Eden College are now deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

NOTE: Other than English Language students transferring to another course recognised by ACELS (see below), all transfers from Eden College students will need to be approved in principle by INIS and no fees should be paid to another institution in advance of this approval. This applies until further notice.

Non-EEA students whose permission expires prior to 1 September 2014 should contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie in relation to their immigration status.

 

English Language Students at Eden College

Following discussions with Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing a programme previously recognised by ACELS may be in a position to complete the balance of their programme with another ACELS recognised English Language school. Where the fees of the new school exceed those of Eden College, the student may be in a position to receive a discount in respect of fees already paid  to Eden. To potentially avail of any discount, and to establish the amount (in a limited number of cases the student may not incur any further costs), students will be required to provide a dated receipt for fees paid to Eden, or where fees were paid by electronic transfer, a bank statement providing this information.

Non-EEA students seeking to avail of this option to complete their studies are required to contact the MEI in the first instance by e-mail outlining:

  •  
  •  the dates on which you began your course; and
  •  the expected completion date of your course.

Students should contact MEI at info@mei.ie

This information should also be provided to the immigration authorities at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

MEI will deal with each case individually and will then contact students with details of their placement. Non-EEA students who do not avail of this option will be deemed to be on academic holiday.

Non-EEA students who have paid for and have registered for an external examination should be in a position to complete those exams in the normal way.

FETAC Non-EEA Students at Eden College

Non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing a FETAC accredited programme at Eden College are required to contact Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) directly in relation to their course of studies. Please go to the QQI website: www.qqi.ie for further information. QQI will respond to student queries on a case-by-case basis.

Non-EEA students will be required to provide information to QQI which includes

  •  your contact details, including email address and telephone number
  • o        PPS Number and date of birth
  • o        the course on which you are on (including an enrolment / acceptance letter from Eden College); 
  • o        the dates on which you began your course; and
  • o        the expected completion date of your course.

This information should also be provided to the immigration authorities at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

Students should not attend at the QQI offices

 

Australian Institute of Business Non-EEA Students at Eden College

For non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing an Australian Institute of Business-accredited programme at Eden College the following applies:

In line with the Australian Institute of Business policy where a teaching centre loses accreditation, students of this centre can independently pursue their course of study. Therefore no further immigration permission will be issued in respect of Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration students at Eden College. INIS understands that students can pursue these courses by distance with the Australian Institute of Business.

Non-EEA students pursuing the AIB BBA or MBA at Eden College should contact  the Australian Institute of Business directly in relation to their status and for information regarding the possibility of continuing their course following their return to their home country. Information for students can be found at the following links:

http://e-study.aib.edu.au/students/index.php

http://www.aib.edu.au/study-via-distance-learning/12-month-mba-dl.html

If students have further queries they can contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie 

Other Accrediting Bodies

Non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing courses accredited by bodies other than those set out above are required to contact their accrediting body directly.

Students may also contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie in relation to their status. Each case will be dealt with on its own merits.

 

NOTE:

A fee of €300 is charged in respect of each immigration certificate of registration issued to a non-EEA national with effect from 19 November 2012.

This applies to non-EEA students.

The student guideline documents were issued in 2011 and will be updated shortly.

 

Since 1 January 2011 a ‘New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students has been introduced. This sets out new rules regarding studying in Ireland for non-EEA students.

International students are welcome in Ireland to pursue a course of studies. In general long term non-EEA students who come to Ireland or who wish to come to Ireland do so to pursue courses which are Language Courses, Further Education Courses or Degree Programme courses. There are other types of student such as short term language students and information for those students can be found via the ‘Other Types of Student link below.

To assist students in understanding the rules regarding the different category of student the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has developed guidelines for students.

This section of the INIS website, by way of these guidelines, explains the conditions for being in Ireland as a non-EEA student. In that regard the conditions of study you choose will depend on the level of the course that you want to study.

The guideline notes on this page provide detailed information on the different level of study, and will help you to choose the correct route for you.

For students registered in Ireland since before 1 January 2011, guideline notes are also available in order to explain what the ‘New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA Students’ means to you.

Please select a topic from the table below for more detailed information.

I want to study a degree programme course

I want to study a language or non-degree course

Other Types of Students

I am a student who has been in Ireland since before 1st January 2011

Student Pathway

Internationalisation Register of Courses

 

Students – Guidelines for Colleges

Whilst the above guidelines set out the rules for an individual student INIS has also put in place guidelines for colleges who are offering courses to full time non – EEA students.

Colleges are required to abide by the rules set out in these guidelines. Colleges should also be familiar with the rules set out for individual students.  Students should also familiarise themselves with guidelines for colleges

Guidelines for Colleges (Size 1565KB)  This document is a pdf

Additional links

For details on the various topics available in this section, please select from the links below