Immigration FAQs update 21/05/20

The immigration office updated the FAQs in relation to international students. Main points can be found here:

Q 25. My permission was automatically renewed by two months; am I required to re-enroll in a new course, and if so, can I wait until the end of the two months before doing so?
A. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. For students, this means you will be able to continue to work if you so wish but you must also reenroll in a course of study. This must be done as soon as the previous course is completed and failure to do so will be considered a breach of the permission which may result in your future registration being refused.

Q 26. My current course/ new course has moved to online study due to COVID-19. I didn’t move to Ireland to do online study; can I pause my course until physical classes return or resume?
A. No. While it is appreciated that students have travelled to Ireland to avail of in-person classes, unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, this is not possible at this time. Anyone resident in Ireland with a student permission is required to attend scheduled classes and, in the current circumstances, this includes where classes are provided online.

Q 27. I am a non-EEA national and currently hold a student permission (Stamp 2) but want to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme. Due to the temporary closure of my local registration office, I was unable to avail of this Programme and receive a Stamp 1G before I returned to my home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How can I now avail of this Programme?
A. In light of the current COVID-1 pandemic, the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has introduced temporary arrangements for all non-EEA nationals who currently hold Stamp 2 permission and who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme including students who have returned to their home countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications can be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin at the following email address: – [email protected]
All required documentation should be scanned and included with your application. If permission is granted, you will still be required to register once the Registration Office or your local Registration Offices reopens when you have returned to Ireland.
This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 30 September 2020. All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply.

You can read the full FAQs here.

Temporary School Closure Until Further Notice (COVID -19)

The school 24 hour emergency contact number: +353 86 7900 860

All language schools are included in the Government Directive for school closures in a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The initial closure period has been extended until further notice.

All schools in Ireland will remain closed until the re-opening date is confirmed by government.

Reopening of Education Institutes

  • The Irish Government have included a reopening of some education institutes in Phase 5 (August 2020) of the published COVID 19 measures road map.
  • This may be in respect to Universities and primary & secondary schools as these education institutes usually reopen in September ever year after a summer closure period.
  • We are waiting for further clarification about English language schools in particular.
  • We will issue a further information notice to all students and agents once we receive more information from the Department of Education and member language school associations.

This is a Government directive and taken on the grounds of public health and safety.

Visa requiring/ILEP students:  This will not affect your attendance and you will not be required to have a medical certificate.

Important health notice with regards Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keep up to Date: www.hse.ie & www.hspc.ie.

General health measures should be followed to protect yourself and others.

  • Practice Social Distancing always.
  • If leaving home for grocery shop or exercise keep within 2km radius.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub
  • If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
  • Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;

You have been in an affected area where COVID-19 is circulating
OR – have been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus
OR – have attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated
AND – if you are unwell with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath follow this advice:

Source: hspc.ie

– Overview
– Protect yourself and others
– If you have been in an affected area
– Self-isolation and limited social interaction

Government Notice for English Language Students

The Covid-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and the welfare of all students is a priority for the Department of Education and Skills.

This is especially the case for those students from overseas who have travelled to Ireland to study English and who may be particularly vulnerable at this time.

Here is a useful information sheet for English language students which gives guidance on:

  • Health advice about Covid-19
  • Immigration Status
  • Information for Employees and the Self Employed

You can find this information in multiple languages here.

Published: 22 March 2020
From: Department of Education and Skills

Immigration Status

The Department of Justice and Equality has recently confirmed that everybody with immigration permissions which expire between 20 March 2020 and 20 May 2020 will be granted automatic extension.

The This extension is on the same basis as existing permissions and the same conditions will continue to apply.

Many international students have immigration permissions that are dependent on their attendance at language school. Where an English language education provider has closed due to Government advice regarding Covid-19, all international students will be considered to have met their attendance requirement for the shutdown period. All other rules will remain in place and students will be required to renew their registrations as usual.

Information for Employees and the Self Employed

Students who have lost their job as a result of the current pandemic, are eligible to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The quickest way to apply is online via MyWelfare.ie.

The Covid-19 Working Group for the English language education sector will continue to meet on an ongoing basis to provide further support to students and providers in this sector.

Excerpt from the Departure of Education press release:

The Department is actively engaging with key stakeholders to ensure that issues of primary concern to these students are addressed as a priority. It has established a new Covid-19 Working Group for the English language education sector, including representatives of relevant Government Departments and representatives of both students and English language education providers.

The Department has issued guidance for all students in this sector, which is available here This guidance will be available in multiple languages and distributed through the English language providers to their students using relevant channels. 

For more information and guidelines for students: HERE

Temporary School Closure Cancellations & Postponement Policy

All language schools are included in the Irish Government Directive for school closures in a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With effect from 18.00 Thursday, 12 March 2020 all schools will close and remain closed until the further notice.

This is a Government directive and taken on the grounds of public health and safety.

Visa requiring/ILEP students:  This will not affect your attendance and you will not be required to have a medical certificate for the weeks the school is closed due to the Government Directive School Closure.

Cancellations & Postponement Policy
(Temporary Policy due to Covid-19 Government Directive)

Current Students (Students who started their courses on or before 9th March)

  • For course weeks affected by the Government Directive School Closure students can request a course voucher. Applies to full course weeks only (based on Monday to Friday). 
  • The course voucher will allow students return anytime within a 12-month period and rebook those weeks.
  • Course voucher is for named student only and non-transferable.
  • Rebooking of course weeks is subject to availability for preferred dates.
  • Visa requiring/ILEP students: Rebooking of weeks is subject to being within current IRP card/visa expiry date.
  • Visa requiring/ILEP students: Course voucher weeks cannot be carried over into a new Academic Year renewal booking

    Accommodation
  • No accommodation weeks booked can be refunded.
  • Apartment bookings: You can stay in the accommodation until your original booking end date.
  • Host Family bookings: If the host family needs to stop hosting for any reason, we will make every effort to find alternative accommodation for the remainder of the accommodation weeks booked.


Postponements: Courses that have not started yet
(Temporary Policy due to Covid-19 Government Directive)
 

  • All booking postponements (course and accommodation), made with at least 8 working days’ notice will be facilitated with no charges. As standard, course and accommodation are subject to availability for new preferred dates.

Cancellations: Courses that have not started yet

(Temporary Policy due to Covid-19 Government Directive)

  • All cancellations made with at least 8 working days’ notice (course and accommodation will be subject to a full refund).
  • Notice of cancellation must be provided in writing and applies from the date it is received by Cork English Academy.
  • If you cancel your course and/or accommodation later than 8 days before the arrival date a full refund is due subject to a €200 cancellation charge.
  • If you cancel your course and/or accommodation after arrival, leave it early or miss any lessons, including in case of sickness, refund is not given.
  • The school will process the refund within 15 working days of receiving written cancellation notice.

This is a Temporary Policy change to our General Terms & Conditions in response to the Government Directive. We will publish a notification on our website when General Terms & Conditions come back into force.

Health Notice

Important health notice with regards Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keep up to Date: www.hse.ie & www.hspc.ie.

Please remember Cork English Academy has flexible rebooking and refund options.

Advice for visitors/students and workers returning to Ireland If you;

  • have not been in an affected area where COVID-19 is circulating in the last 14 days AND
  • have not been in contact with a person with novel coronavirus AND
  • have not attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated in another country Then no specific measures are needed.

Then no specific measures are needed.

General health measures should be followed to protect yourself and others.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub
  • If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
  • Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;

You have been in an affected area where COVID-19 is circulating
OR – have been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus
OR – have attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated
AND – if you are unwell with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath follow this advice:

Source: hspc.ie

– Overview
– Protect yourself and others
– If you have been in an affected area
– Self-isolation and limited social interaction