Student Visa

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Student Visa

Student Visa

STUDY & WORK IN IRELAND

The Right to Work & Study in Ireland:

As and from 20th January 2016, the Irish Government have introduced new rules and regulations regarding how long students from outside the EU/EEA area can study English in Ireland. Any student wishing to choose Ireland as a study destination and arriving on or after 20th January 2016 will receive an eight month visa which consists of 25 weeks study and 8 weeks holiday. Students can work up to 20 hours per week during the eight month period, and up to 40 hours per week in May, June, July or August, or between 15th December- 15th January, each year. they As a visa student in Ireland, you must register as a full-time student with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB – The Irish Police) You must study for a minimum of 15 hours per week during daytime hours and have 85% attendance at the end of your study programme. It is also mandatory to sit an external proficiency exam such as TIE, Cambridge FCE, CAE, IELTS etc. This exam is not included in your course fees and must be prepaid prior to the commencement of your course.

For more information see: www.inis.gov.ie. Our administration team can assist you with the visa process including how to open an Irish bank account, acquiring a PPS number (tax number for employment purposes), medical insurance and the steps needed for the actual registration process in the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

EU/EEA Students:

Please note that students from the EU/EEA and various other countries listed in the table below do not require a pre-approved visa to study English in Ireland. If your Country is not listed on this table you will need to pre-apply for a Student Visa to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Holidays must be requested in advance of course commencement and cannot be granted until at least eight weeks of your course has been completed. The minimum holiday period allowed by ELA is four weeks.

Students cannot change their class times during their course.

Classes are divided into two segments. If a student arrives into class more than 15 minutes late, they will be marked absent for the first full segment of class. Similarly, if students depart class more than 15 minutes before the end of that class, they will be marked absent for the full second segment of the class.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
International Students are legally allowed to work while they study in Ireland

Documents Required for Irish Visa Application:
If you require a visa to study in Ireland, here is a list of the documents that you need to present to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate with your visa application.

A Letter of Acceptance from English Language Academy (ELA) confirming that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study lasting an academic year on a Course, approved by the Minister for Education and Science (please contact us for more details) for the purpose of access to employment by students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland:

Documentary Evidence i.e. a receipt from ELA that the fees for the course have been paid in full. (Should your study visa not be granted, ELA will return your fees in full except for 20% which we will retain for administration fees.

You must produce evidence that you have enough funds to maintain yourself for at least the initial part of your stay in Ireland i.e. a bank account statement showing €3,000. Copies of your educational qualifications if any. Evidence that you have Medical Insurance. ELA can arrange medical insurance for you.

Check if you require a visa for entering Ireland:
Citizens of an EU/EEA member State or from any Country listed below do not require a pre-approved visa to study in Ireland. For further information visit www.inis.gov.ie

Andorra Guyana
Romania
Antigua Guatemala
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Argentina Honduras
Saint Lucia
Austria
Hong Kong*
Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
Australia Hungary
Sanoa
Bahamas Iceland
San Marino
Barbados Israel
Seychelles
Barbuda
Italy
Singapore
Belgium
Japan
Slovakia
Belize
Kribati
Slovenia
Bolivia
Latvia
Solomon Islands
Botswana
Lesotho
South Africa
Brazil
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Brunei
Lithuania
Spain
Bugaria
Luxembourg
Swaziland
Canada
Macau(Special Admin. Region)
Sweden
Chile
Malaysia
Switzerland
Croatia
Malta
Taiwan
Czech Republic
Maldives
Tonga
Denmark
Mexico
Tuvala
Dominican Republic
 Monaco
United Kingdom
El Salvador
Naura
Uruguay
 Estonia Netherlands
United States of America
 Finland New Zealand
Vanuata
 Fiji  Nicaragua Vatican City
 France  Norway  
Germany 
 Panama  
Grenada
 Paraguay  
Greece
 Poland  


 

Visa Applications and Visa Refusals (Work & Study):

Students from outside the European Area, may be required to obtain a visa to enter Ireland. At least 8 weeks are needed to process visa applications. Cancellations are not permitted after the visa supporting documentation has been issued by the school. Students who fail to obtain their visas will be refunded all fees paid, less a school processing fee of €300 euro.

Written proof of the visa refusal must be supplied to the School by email to info@elaireland.com. Fees will be returned within 20 working days of the visa refusal being received and verified by English Language Academy (ELA). The refund will be be lodged directly into the student's back account.

P.P.S Number

Under normal circumstances non-EU/EEA students are unable to apply for a PPS number ( which is a designated tax number for employment purposes) until after they have secured employment in Ireland. At that point, your employer will have to supply you with a letter of employment. Take this to the PPS Section, Social Welfare Office at 22 Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1 (just a 3 minute walk from the School together with proof of your living address and a copy of your passport.

Medical Insurance

It is mandatory for all non EU/EEA students from outside the European Economic Area to have evidence of medical insurance when arriving at Dublin Airport & registering with Irish Immigration (GNIB). This insurance policy covers students for medical costs in Irish hospitals and also medical repatriation back to their home country, in the event of a serious accident . The Insurance is underwritten by ACE Medicover. ACE medicover provide sthe support directly to the student in the event of an accident. The student isissued with a policy document with all the relevant contact details, on arrival in Ireland at the school Reception. The policy is valid in Ireland only but does cover the student for up to 14 days travel (14 days max) to any country within Europe or the European Economic Area. A copy of the policy document and cover available is available on request by emailing info@elaireland.com

 

ELA Attendance Policy for Non-EU Students

Attendance at class is compulsory. There is a specific policy for dealing with non-attendance. Under the rules of your Student Visa you are obliged to attend 85% of your Course and we implement this rule strictly.

The policy for non-attendees at ELA is:

a) A qualified doctor’s certificate is required from students for non-attendance on medical grounds;

b) Failure to attend classes for more than one week results in a student’s name being removed from the Class list, along with telephone and/or email contact from the School seeking a valid reason for non-attendance.

c) After another week has elapsed with no contact from the student, an Official letter is sent to the student’s address. If the student concerned fails to contact the School within seven days of the issue date of this letter and/or fails to provide a Medical Certificate for non-attendance, they will be issued with a final warning letter. After one month from this date, if no contact is received from the student, an expulsion letter will be issued. A copy of this letter will be forwarded to the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

d) Teachers record attendance in class every morning at 09.00am and then again at 10.45 am (after the break). Attendance is also recorded in the afternoon sessions at 1.30pm and after the break at 3.15pm. All students should maintain at least an 85% attendance record at all times. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late will be marked on the attendance register as a latecomer. The same rule applies to students who leave class early. They will be recorded on the class register as having left early. Consistent abuse of ELA's attendance policy may lead to serious repercussions, such as expulsion.

e) No credit is given for individual days missed. Holiday leave is granted at the discretion of the Academic Manager and must be applied in advance of starting the course, and applies only to students who are on a Student Visa programme.

Attendance Policy for Non-EU/EEA Students on Visa Programmes

We want you to enjoy your time experience studying with English at English Language Academy (ELA). We would however like to point out some rules and regulations that you must adhere to while you are a student with us.

Please read these rules carefully as they are most important:

Attendance in class is compulsory. Teachers record attendance in class every morning at 09.00am and then again at 10.45 am (after the break). Attendance is also recorded in the afternoon sessions at 1.30pm and after the break at 3.15pm. All students are advised that they should maintain at least an 85% attendance record at all times. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late are marked absent for the whole first segment of the class on the attendance register. The same rule applies to students who leave class more than 15 minutes early. They are recorded as absent for the full second segment of class on the attendance register.

Consistent abuse of ELA's attendance policy may lead to serious repercussions, not least being reported to GNIB. If a student misses class for three or more classes in one week, or if a student misses classes for a full week, their name will be removed from the class list and they must re-apply for a seat. All students are expected to take responsibility for their own attendance. There are specific procedures for dealing with non-attendance and how ELA implement same. No study credit will apply for classes missed. A weekly spreadsheet is sent to GNIB which contains the updated weekly attendance for all students.

Procedures for dealing with non-attendance

a) Students who miss class will be marked absent on the class register. If a student misses classes due to illness he/she must present a qualified doctor’s certificate for non-attendance on medical grounds. Students are also advised to keep a copy of same so that they can submit it to GNIB upon renewal of their visa, to explain their absence from class.

b) if a student misses more than three classes per week or if a student fails to attend classes for more than one full week this will result in a student’s name being removed from the Class

List, along and they will have to re-apply for a seat. If students do not make contact with ELA by the following Monday in person or by email/telephone, they will be contacted by the Academci Manager and required to attend a meeting with her to discuss the student's absence and the implications this may have on their overall attendance.

c) Students who are not attending classes for less than three days a week, will be contacted by the Academic Manager as well as those with consistent lateness and absenteeism and will be required asked to come and speak with the Academic Manager, to explain why this is happening and to seek remedies. Failure to attend classes five days a weekfor 15 hours per week is a breach of your Student visa and will be reported to GNIB.

Once a student misses a week of classes and another week elapses with no contact from the student, an email is sent to the student by email. If the student concerned fails to contact the School within seven days of the issue date of this email and/or fails to provide a Medical Certificate for non-attendance, they will be contacted again in writing and informed that the Garda National Immigration Burea (GNIB) has been notified of their absence through the weekly attendance sheet and that this may affect their student visa status in Ireland. If no contact is received by the School at this point an Expulsion Letter will issue and a copy of same will be sent to GNIB. No study credit will apply to students who miss classes or who are expelled.

Taking holidays during the school term:

Holiday (breaks from class) may be taken during long stay courses only, that is, on full-time courses of 25 weeks or more. Unfortunately no holiday time can be taken on shorter courses. Holidays must be requested in advance at the beginning of your course. A minimum of 4 weeks holidays can only be taken. No shorter holiday periods are allowed. All holidays must be taken over the period of a full calendar week, i.e. Monday to Friday. The school will normally close for 2 weeks Christmas holiday and this time must be considered as part of the allowed holiday period.

Up to eight weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 25 weeks or longer (Academic Year Courses / ILEP Courses)

Holiday periods cannot exceed 1/3 of the already completed studied weeks, at any time. Students on 25 week courses must have completed eight weeks of their study programme before they can request holidays.

No unscheduled breaks are permitted unless permission is obtained in writing from the Immigration authorities.
Requests of this nature will only be considered in very special circumstances such as close family bereavement 

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