Cork Immigration Update

Cork Immigration Update issued 15.07.20

All students needing to register with Immigration in Cork City are required to arrange an appointment.

Make your appointment by emailing your Name and Date of Birth to [email protected].

Appointment Rules

  • One person per appointment
  • Only Arrive 5 minutes prior to appointment time
  • Strictly No queuing is permitted

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Passport
  • Fully completed IRP Form
  • Appointment Confirmation Email
  • Original school letter
  • Insurance document

Each Student must request their own appointment using their own email address, Block Booking of appointments is strictly forbidden.

Registration Payment

Students should use their Debit/Credit Card to pay the regsitrtaion fee.

If a student is using another person’s debit/credit card, the cardholder must be present with Photo I.D., they should remain outside the Garda Station until they are called by the student and asked to present at the registration desk.

Renewal Offer

Join our Live Online/Virtual Classes with CEA teachers.

Current, new and renewal students are welcome to join.

These are temporary measures and prices to assist international language students during COVID-19. Latest renewal course start date is 31 August to avail of the offer.

Students will transfer to face-to face classes as soon as the school reopens (date yet to be confirmed by Government)

Live Online/Virtual Classes

  • Level-specific, group classes with CEA teachers will be delivered on Zoom
  • Preparatory work prior to the live lessons (email with assignments, readings, videos for example)
  • Homework assignments with teacher correction and feedback
  • Guided self-study assignments
  • 15 hours per week
  • Schedule: 3 hours per day Monday to Friday

Special Renewal Academic Year Details:

8 month stay including 25 week course + 2 month holiday period. 

15 Hour per Week Morning
25 weeks Course €1650
General English Textbook €45
School Registration Fee €0
Medical Insurance €100
Total €1795

OR

15 Hour per Week Afternoon
25 weeks Course €1400
General English Textbook €45
School Registration Fee €0
Medical Insurance €100
Total Gross €1545


Exam

New Immigration rule: Students are not required to be registered for an exam while
exam centres are closed. However, if Immigration decide students need to take an
exam at anytime during their course then they must book and pay for exam as per
immigration rule.

Options if Immigration enforce an exam at a later date:

TIE Exam €130
IELTS Exam €200
IELTS Textbook €45
FCE Exam €180
FCE Textbook €45

  • Terms and Conditions
  • Latest renewal course start date is 31 August to avail of the offer.
  • All students need to complete an online test before booking can be confirmed.
  • Students will change from online classes to classes in school as soon as the school reopens.
  • Morning and afternoon schedules apply to both online and in school classes.
  • Preferred schedule will be assigned on a first come first serve basis and is dependent on level testing as standard.
  • All students must have a course textbook for class.
  • General Terms and Conditions at www.corkenglishacademy.com/terms-and-conditions apply.
  • Payment
  • Invoices must be at paid for at least 14 days before course start date.
  • In exceptional circumstances where a 14 day period does not exist and at the discretion of the school permitted invoices must be paid within 24 hours of being issued. If not course space will be released.

If you would like to make a booking please send the following to [email protected]:

  • First Name
  • Family Names
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address
  • Address in Cork
  • Morning or Afternoon Preference
  • Photo Scan of your passport
  • Photo/scan of your current IRP card

All courses are subject to availability at time of booking. 

Live Online /Virtual Classes

Since the closure of schools due to COVID-19 Government measures, Cork English Academy’s current students were invited to register for level-specific, self-guided language exercises using our Online Learning Platform.

From Monday June 15th we will be launching our Live Online/Virtual Classes with CEA teachers.

Courses will start Monday June 15th and can be joined any Monday throughout the year.

Students will transfer to face-to face classes as soon as the school reopens (date yet to be confirmed by Government)

Live Online/Virtual Classes

  • Level-specific, group classes with CEA teachers will be delivered on Zoom
  • Preparatory work prior to the live lessons (email with assignments, readings, videos for example)
  • Homework assignments with teacher correction and feedback
  • Guided self-study assignments
  • 15 hours per week
  • Schedule: 3 hours per day Monday to Friday

Who are the Live Online/Virtual Classes for?

  • Current Students – Any student currently enrolled in CEA.
  • Current Students with Stamp 2 Status: Attending Live Online/Virtual Classes is now mandatory for students outside of the EU currently on Stamp 2 status.
  • Past Students: Students who requested to cancel the remainder of their course who were issued a course voucher for remaining weeks. You can choose to use this voucher now rather than waiting for the school to reopen if you wish.
  • Renewal Students: Past Stamp 2 status students (CEA or students from other schools in Ireland) who want renew a course and stay in Ireland for a further 8 months. (Renewal Special Offer Price)
  • Third time Renewal Extensions: Students who have finished their third 8 month period (2 years) who have now been granted permission to stay in Ireland up until 31 December maximum (Special Offer Price). Remember you must by Immigration rule book course weeks from 15th June or your visa expiry date until your flight departure home or maximum December 18th when the school closes for Christmas.
  • New Students: Students abroad who for travel or budget constraints cannot travel to Cork for an immersive language programme, who are available for and could benefit from 3 hours per day Live Online/Virtual Classes.

Special Discounted Prices:

  • Renewal Price Special Offer :(Renewal Special Offer Price)
    (Academic Year / Study & Work Programme of 25 weeks course/ 8 month stay in Ireland)
  • Weekly Price List for new or third time extension students. (Special Offer Price)
  • Special Offer No registration fee (usually €65)

Students will need access to a laptop/desktop or mobile phone with internet access.

Please contact us today for more information or booking confirmation.

Email: [email protected]

Notice from Immigration 26 May 2020

On May 13, The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., announced that immigration permissions, due to expire between 20 May and 20 July 2020, will be automatically extended for two months. Any permission which was renewed by the earlier notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is automatically renewed again by this notice.

The Minister made clear that for international English Language Students, the extensions mean that they may continue to work if they wish, but must also re-enroll in an on-line course of study to adhere to the conditions of their permission.

On May 26, the following further guidelines and explanations were issued:


Stamp 2 Permission & Online Courses

  • To be eligible for Stamp 2 permission, students must be enrolled in a course listed on the ILEP, and if re-enrolling, students must re-enroll on a course where classes are actually being provided. (Cork English Academy Online Course)
  • Where a college is providing courses online, then students are required to enroll and ‘virtually’ attend in the same way as if they were physically present in the classroom.
  • While permissions have been renewed for 2 months, students are still required to re-enroll in courses of standard duration (Cork English Academy Online Course).

Exams

  • Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is understood that in-person exams are not possible at this time. As an exceptional, short term and temporary measure, and in the absence of online exams being available, Immigration will accept a teacher’s assessment in lieu of the exam for Registration purposes. The exam shall be completed by students when available.

    First time registration
  • As registration offices are currently closed and in light of the difficulties some students may encounter due to not having an IRP card, as a temporary measure between now and 20th July 2020 prospective students can apply to the Registration Office to request a letter confirming their permission to remain in the State and the conditions attached.

    Students who have left the State
  • Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed.

    Students who have completed the maximum 2 years English language study
  • Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year. For these students, the duration of a course shall be from the date of enrollment to 31 December 2020 (Cork English Academy Online Course).

    Permission to Work
  • Students who hold Stamp 2 permissions and who attend colleges which have physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may in these exceptional circumstances work 40 hours a week. This is conditional on the student completing their course online if this service is provided by their college and represents a short term and temporary measure.

    Breaches of Permission
  • If a student does not complete an online English Language Programme, where provided by the college concerned, then they will be considered to have breached the conditions of their permission by both failing to attend classes and, where applicable, working in excess of the permitted 20 hours and this may result in future registration being refused.
  • Students, including those who have completed 2 years study and who wish to remain in the State as students, are required to re-enroll in a course of study as soon as the previous course has been completed with no gaps between courses allowed. Failure to do so will also be considered a breach of the permission and may result in future registration being refused.

    Registration

  • Once the Registration Offices reopen all students are expected to register as normal.
  • As the situation develops further updates will be issued.

Please view here for Cork English Academy’s Live Online/ Virtual Course.

Government Notice for Students

Minister Flanagan announces further temporary measures to assist international language students.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today announced further measures to assist international students studying English in Ireland who have been impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new measures are as follows:

1) Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed;

2) Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year.

Announcing these measures, Minister Flanagan reassured those who are worried about their status in the State, saying:

I understand and recognise the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all immigrants, and in particular our international student population. I’m therefore pleased to be able to announce these new measures to support students which I hope will provide some welcome assurance and certainty for the coming months. We will continue to keep the situation under active review as matters evolve in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The requirement to register remains for those students who have completed their maximum two years and wish to take up the option of re-enrolling in an online course of study until the end of the year. These students must re-register once the Registration Offices reopen.

The Department of Justice and Equality have engaged with MEI (Marketing English in Ireland), the representative body for the majority of language schools in Ireland. MEI have confirmed that most colleges are now offering on-line courses, and students should contact their college directly to make any necessary arrangements.

The Minister has previously announced the automatic renewal of immigration permissions due to expire between 20 May 2020 and 20 July by 2 months. For international English Language Students, the extension means that they may continue to work if they wish, but must also re-enrol in an on-line course of study to adhere to the conditions of their permission.

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