Immigration Notice: Further 4 Week Extension

A further 4 weeks will be applied to visas and current extensions expiring within 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020.

Full Notice posted by Immigration on 18 August 2020:

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 and supplements the notice of 20th March, 13th May and the 16th July.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission that was renewed by the notices of 20th March 2020, 13th May 2020 and 16th July 2020 which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 1 month.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána will also close temporarily, to allow for revised public health guidance to be issued.  Appointments that have issued for 19th, 20th and 21st August will be rescheduled, and a further announcement in relation to the operation of the Registration Offices will issue before the end of this week.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Immigration Notice: 4 Week Extension

A further 4 weeks will be applied to visas and current extensions expiring within 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020.

Full Notice posted by Immigration on 16 July 2020:

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 and supplements the notice of 20th March and 13th May 2020.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following Notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission that was renewed by the notices of 20th March and 13th May 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 1 month.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document

Immigration Notice: Appointments Necessary

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.

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]

Immigration Notice: 8 Week Extension

A further 8 weeks will be applied to visas and current extensions expiring within 20th May and 20th July 2020.

Notice issued by 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.