The Irish Government has made a concession for international students in Ireland to allow them access to job opportunities in the country, even if they have been studying remotely in the second semester. A temporary concession has been introduced to its Third-Level Graduate Program to encourage students to stay in their home countries and still apply for the scheme.
The Third-Level Graduate Program allows non-EEA graduates holding a recognized Irish award body to stay in Ireland after their studies and to apply for job opportunities. In order to minimize the number of students arriving in Ireland, and to protect public health, the Department of Justice reviewed the eligibility criteria for the third-level graduate permission scheme (1G),” a spokesperson from The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science. However, students were confused about whether they’d still be eligible for the scheme if they were studying in their home country. In order to be eligible for the concession, students must meet a range of existing and new criteria.
Students who are currently studying remotely can apply for the scheme when they complete their course in the summer 2021 if they provide a letter from their higher education institution stating that they were a student for the academic year 2020/2021.
They must also provide a letter from their institution stating that their course was taught 100% remotely and that they were not required to attend classes in person.
The new criteria mean they must provide a letter from the relevant awarding body or institution saying that they have achieved the award for which they were enrolled as a student.
Students who have completed a one-year master’s degree with an Irish higher education institution and who have not been able to travel to Ireland to register their permission as a student in the state (for the 2020/2021 academic year) will have to travel to Ireland before their final results are given in order to register their permission and apply for the Third Graduate Permission Scheme.
The Department of Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science is currently in the process of creating a new plan for international education and research.
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