Updates and announcements 2014

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If you are a member of the media and have a query regarding the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), contact the Press Office.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in January 2015

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Friday 23rd January, 2015.

Candidates for Citizenship will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens. Invitations to attend the ceremonies will issue shortly.

111 Syrians admitted under sponsorship programme

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has announced that a total of 111 vulnerable people from Syria and the surrounding region have been granted admission to reside in Ireland following applications to her Department from relatives already resident here. See the Minister's Press Release.

Important Update for Re-entry visa applicants at Burgh Quay

7 January, 2015

It must be stressed that there is absolutely no need for anyone to queue outside the offices of the immigration services for re-entry visas.

In addition, the Immigration Service wish to again remind applicants to use the postal application service rather than having to attend in person. Even if applicants do decide to come to the office, where applications are being made on behalf of a family, it is not necessary for the entire family to turn up - one member of the family may present the necessary paperwork and receive the visas.

A major reform of the delivery of immigration services is underway including the transfer of registration functions from the Garda National Immigration Bureau to INIS. This presents opportunities to streamline both registration and visa re-entry services and INIS will be introducing an Online services as part of this process. The introduction of Online booking appointments will be prioritised with the aim of its introduction in the first quarter of 2015.

Important Update for Re-entry visa applicants at Burgh Quay

  • All postal applications on hand has now been fully cleared following the assignment of a large number of staff to process them over the weekend.
  • Postal applications are now being processed on the day of receipt.
  • We note and welcome the fact that the number of people queuing for personal service at the public office has significantly reduced since last week. Nevertheless, in relation to these applicants, we repeat our earnest request anyone intending to travel after Christmas not to attend the public office at this stage as it is creating additional difficulties for those who are planning to travel before Christmas. Please be assured that you will be dealt with in good time before your travel.
  • Thank you for your patience and be assured that we continue to monitor the cases on hand.

Note for information: The registration process with the Garda National Immigration Bureau which is co-located with the Re-entry Visa Office is operating normally. There is no need to queue before the Office opening hours and all applicants will be dealt with on the day.

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in University College Cork on Monday, 24 November, 2014.

Some 800 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

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Important Notice regarding the making of applications for Subsidiary Protection by Applicants for Refugee Status

1. In light of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the case of

H. N. v. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland and the Attorney General, the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) are to be amended.

2. Pending the coming into force of the amended Regulations, and with immediate effect, the following arrangements apply with a view to complying with the Court's ruling:

  • Any person who currently has an application for refugee status pending may also make an application for subsidiary protection in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC),
  • Any person who makes a new application for refugee status mayalsomake an application for subsidiary protection in ORAC.

3. Such applications for subsidiary protection will be determined by ORAC in accordance with the provisions of the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations, 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) and will be investigated should the person's application for refugee status be refused by the Minister for Justice and Equality.

4. In the case of the two categories of persons mentioned above, and pending the coming into force of the amended Regulations, an application for subsidiary protection can be made by submitting a completed ORACForm SP/01 (Application form for a subsidiary protection declaration under the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013), either

  • in person at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Timberlay House, 79 -83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2,

OR

  • by post to ORAC Customer Service Centre, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

5. A further update will be provided on both the INIS and the ORAC websites when the amended Regulations are finalised.

8 October 2014

Minister Fitzgerald and UK Home Secretary launch landmark British-Irish Visa Scheme

  • China and India first to benefit from new Scheme starting this month
  • Major boost to business visitors and tourism expected

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, together with the United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May, has today formally launched the British-Irish Visa Scheme at an event held at the Irish Embassy in London.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will facilitate nationals requiring a short-stay visa to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using a single visa issued by either Ireland or the UK.

This will mean that tourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors will be able, for the first time, to visit both the UK and Ireland, including moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland on a single visa. Read the Ministers Press Release.

Minister Fitzgerald announces major immigration civilianisation initiative

Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced a major programme to civilianise immigration functions currently undertaken by members of An Garda Síochána. The Minister made the announcement while visiting the immigration control facilities at Dublin Airport. Read the Ministers Press Release.

Ministers O'Sullivan and Fitzgerald launch major reform of student immigration and the international education sector

Minister Jan O'Sullivan and Minister Frances Fitzgerald have announced major reforms of the international education sector in response to issues raised by the closure of a number of private sector colleges this year.

The reforms are necessary to protect the consumer and educational interests of genuine international students, to tackle abuse of the labour market and the immigration regime, and to safeguard the strong international reputation of high-quality Irish education providers.

The two Ministers also published the final report of the Task Force established to help students affected by the college closures. Alternative educational accommodation has been put in place for affected students. Read the Ministers Press Release.

The Department of Justice and Equality understands that the college English in Dublin has now closed.

The Task Force established by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Justice and Equality has put in place alternative arrangements offered by high quality private sector providers which are open to students affected by college closures who have not yet completed their studies. These are available on the website www.studenttaskforce.ie. Students affected by the closures should check this website to understand the options which are available to them.

Notice re Student Probationary Extension – Next Steps

INIS is committed to making a final decision on all applications, in respect of students who were granted a 2 Year Student Probationary Extension during the period 28 August 2012 to 26 February 2013, by 31 March 2015. Prior to 31 October 2014. In the interim period, while the applications are being processed students resident on Stamp 2 under the terms of the Student Probationary Extension can attend for registration on temporary Stamp 4 conditions for a period of six months. Students are advised that they will only be issued with this temporary Stamp 4 permission upon the expiry of their current Stamp 2 permission. Students can only seek to renew this on the temporary Stamp 4 permission up to a maximum of one week prior to the expiry of their current permission. Eligible students should apply for this extension at their local registration office.

Eligible students will be required to pay the full registration fee of €300. Full details of the next steps in the 2004 Student Probationary Extension are detailed here.

Business and Computer Training Institute

Business and Computer Training Institute (BCT college) was one of the colleges which had been suspended by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) from registering new students from outside the EEA while INIS investigated irregularities which came to light regarding immigration compliance.

The Task Force established by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Justice and Equality has put in place alternative arrangements offered by high quality private sector providers which are open to students affected by college closures who have not yet completed their studies. These are available on the website www.studenttaskforce.ie. Students affected by the closures should check this website to understand the options which are available to them.

The two Ministers also intend putting in place a robust new regulatory regime to protect learners and drive up quality in the international education sector.

Dublin citizenship ceremony September 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 22nd September, 2014.

Some 3,100 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

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 TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, 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

Minister Fitzgerald announces launch of joint visa initiative between Ireland and the United Kingdom

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, today (16th June, 2014) announced that the 'British Irish Visa Scheme' between Ireland and the United Kingdom will commence this autumn starting with China and India.

The British Irish Visa Scheme will allow for travel to and around the Common Travel Area (CTA) on a single visa. As matters stand, many overseas tourists and business visitors who wish to visit both Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland, need separate Irish and UK visas. See the Ministers Ministers Press Release.

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

As a result of the recent establishment of the Residence Division within INIS, the following changes are taking place:

General Immigration and Immigration Services units ceased to exist from 14/04/14.

In addition to the EU Treaty Rights teams, the Residence Division will consist of 3 new units based in Burgh Quay which were established on 14/04/2014.

Residence Division Unit 1 will deal with the following case types: Spouse of an Irish national/Civil partnership with an Irish national, dependants of Irish nationals, travel documents and de facto relationships. Email queries can be sent to the appropriate email address for the relevant type of application: INISsinu@justice.ie, INIStravdoc@justice.ie and INISdefacto@justice.ie respectively

Residence Division Unit 2 will deal with the following case types: Change of status, extension of visit, Stamp 0 applications and Ministers of religion and lay volunteers. Email queries for any of the categories listed in the previous sentence only can be sent to: Unit2ResidenceDivision@justice.ie

Residence Division Unit 3 will deal with the following case types: Long term residency, Turkish association, Without conditions (Stamps 5 and 6), change of name licence, foreign adoption and business permission. Email queries can be sent to the appropriate email address for the relevant type of application: INISLongTermRes@justice.ie, INISTurkAssoc@justice.ie, INISStamp5and6@justice.ie, INISChangeofName@justice.ie, INISfadopt@justice.ie, and INISbper@justice.ie respectively

The General Immigration and Long Term Residency helplines are no longer operational but have been replaced with the dedicated email addresses above instead. It was felt by ourselves and clients alike that, due to the complexity of queries, a paper trail answering specific queries was better than a general helpline which only functioned for one half day per week.

Residence Division is not (as of 7th May ) taking over responsibility for applications based on IBC status or the 'Zambrano' judgment, which will continue to be dealt with by the specific teams currently dealing with them. In addition, responsibility for the investor and entrepreneur schemes and student schemes will remain with Immigration Policy Division.

Please take note of the above units and the areas of work they are responsible for and direct any post or emails to the correct unit to avoid unnecessary delays in processing applications.

Please see the below notice with information in English/Spanish/Portuguese regarding the closure of Irish Business 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.

Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme

Please note that the closing date for the receipt of SHAP applications is Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 5.00pm. The program details and application form can be found here.

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 course you are on (including an enrolment / acceptance letter from Eden College);

· 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

o 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.

English Language Education Visas and Residence Permissions

Following on from serious allegations regarding the practices of some Colleges which offer English language education to non-EEA national students, INIS and the GNIB have suspended the issuing of visas and residence permissions to non-EEA nationals seeking to enroll as new students with the following institutions.

  • Eden College

  • National Media College (formerly New Media College)

  • Millennium College

  • Business & Computer Training Institute

This suspension is pending further inquiries into the allegations of irregularities and further action may follow.

Changes to the Atypical Working Scheme

Some changes have been made to the Atypical Working Scheme. For the current information and the latest application form please see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines.

Notice | Notice to INIS Customers about possible fraud

It has come to our attention that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS.

The caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day. They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation.

This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.

This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.

Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are.

If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme

In response to the current humanitarian crisis in Syria the Minister for Justice and Equality is putting in place a humanitarian initiative - the Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme (SHAP). This Programme will allow naturalised Irish citizens of Syrian birth and Syrian nationals already lawfully resident in the State, to make an application for vulnerable close family members to join them in Ireland on a temporary basis for up to two years. Read the Minister's Press Release.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in March 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 31 March, 2014.

Some 3,900 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Notice | Notice to INIS Customers about possible fraud

It has come to our attention that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS.

The caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day. They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation.

This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.

This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.

Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are.

If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

Updated and revised - Arrangements for non-EEA doctors

Updated and revised: Arrangements for non-EEA doctors (including locum doctors) agreed between INIS, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. For full details see Non- EEA Doctors - Immigration Arrangements.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in January 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 20th January, 2014.
Some 3,120 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

New Addresses for Naturalisation Applications from 7 January 2014

Please note: The addresses to which applications for a Certificate of naturalisation should be sent have changed. For full details see New Addresses for Naturalisation Applications from 7 January 2014.

Immigration in Ireland – 2013 in Review

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published the annual review of immigration related activity in Ireland for 2013. Providing details of key immigration figures, Minister Shatter also reported on progress in 2013 in delivering his programme of reform in the immigration area and indicated some of his priorities for 2014. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

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