Notice | COVID-19 Visa Arrangements for Non-EEA students
29 January 2021
As part of Government efforts to tackle the pandemic, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has signed an order that will impose new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries. This order and the associated measures came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 27th January 2021.
In addition to the new requirements above, they have also taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications. This is effective from close of business 29th of January 2021.
The situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks. The Irish immigration intends to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate.
If you are unsure as to whether you require a visa/preclearance to enter Ireland you can check here by entering your nationality.
As of midnight 27th January 2021, in addition to countries who were visa required prior to that date, passport holders of the following countries are now also required to apply for an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, before travelling to Ireland:
- Colombia (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- Ecuador (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- Peru (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- South Africa
- Suriname (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
More information: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visas-updates#:~:text=Abolition%20of%20adult%20re%2Dentry%20visas&text=Visa%20required%20nationals%20who%20hold,with%20other%20EU%20Member%20States.
In line with the Level 5 measures announced by the Irish Government, all lessons are now online.
This is a short-term arrangement and face-to-face lessons will begin again when Dublin returns to Level 3 or lower. Our primary concern is your health and safety during this period and as soon as the Government says it is safe to return to school, we will be back in the physical classroom.
The transition to remote learning will be straight-forward. We have done this before and we did it very well. Your teachers are experienced in delivering lessons online and we are 100% confident that you are going to continue to learn and progress just as normal.
There will be no change to the format of your lessons except that they will be streamed using Zoom. The syllabus and learning outcomes remain the same as in the physical classroom. Lesson-start, finish, and break times will remain the same.
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Non-EEA students (Stamp 2 visa):
Every day, log into Google Classroom at your usual start time to get the link to your live zoom lesson. It is essential that you keep your camera on for lessons because this is best for interaction and conversation with your classmates and teacher. The lesson will not be recorded.
All Stamp-2 students must attend virtual lessons for 15 hours a week. Your teacher will continue to take attendance in both classes each day. If you do not attend all lessons- using your camera and interacting, you will be marked absent.
There is no change to the hours a student may work and the standard ILEP criteria remain.
The online renewal system remains available in Dublin and students are required to register as usual.
Students who have booked a TIE Test will receive a new date for an online test. If you do not have the necessary technology to do the test online, a test will be arranged for when we return to Level 3 or lower. We are waiting for further information about IELTS and BEC exams and will tell you when we know more.
Prospective Non-EEA students:
Prospective students seeking to enter the State must wait until in-person tuition has been resumed. Students with existing bookings should postpone their travel plans until in-class tuition has resumed. Failure to do so may result in students being refused permission to land in Ireland and refused registration. More information can be found here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/pages/interim%20list%20of%20eligible%20programmes%20-%20ilep
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