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News flash: Two-year ‘stay-back option’ for ‘postgraduate’ study in Ireland

Bulletin! Bulletin! Ireland extends its stay-back option from 12 to 24 months, for international postgraduates. This could be a big move in attracting more number of Indian students.

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The new scheme will attract more Indian students who are looking for stay-back options to seek employment or permanent resident after completing their studies in Ireland.

According to the PIE News report on 2 Feb 2017, the Irish government declared to extend the stay-back option for international students (non-EU/EEA) studying in Ireland. This scheme will be applicable for students studying postgraduate, postgraduate diploma, doctoral or higher doctorate as well – all of them being eligible for a 2-year stay-back option after their studies.

The policy is aimed at extending the Third Level Graduate Scheme for non-EU/EEA students studying in Ireland, who can apply for a permanent resident (or long-term residency) or work permit after 2 years. An excerpt from one of the official interviews: ‘The move will allow eligible graduates who have studied in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body at masters or PhD level to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment’.

This move was part of Ireland’s International Education Strategy that was launched last year, which has promised to increase Ireland’s revenue through international education from €1.58 billion to €2.1 billion by 2020.

Giles O’Neill, Manager, Education in Ireland said: ‘The extension of the post study work visa will benefit Indian students. We can foresee many bright students from India availing this opportunity and on completion of their education joining the Irish workforce and contributing to Ireland’s talent pool’.

Ireland has always remained a popular study abroad destination for Indian students. The stay-back option will be a shot in the arm for those keen to stay and work in Ireland for a few more years. Ireland’s sheer beauty, safe environment, quality of living and career opportunities already draw a lot of attention from students across the world, not to mention Dublin which is considered to be the hottest start-up hub in the world, densely populated with companies ranging from Engineering and Technology, Media, Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Retail services, Telecoms and Communications, Consumer Goods, to Banks and Financial Institutions.

According to the PIE News, Sinéad Ryan, director of internationalisation at the Office of the Vice-President for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin said: ‘We very much welcome this announcement, which follows on the commitment in the Government’s new international education strategy published last October’.

Since last year, the Irish government has been introducing new reforms – one of them being student immigration and quality assurance reforms.

If you are looking to study in Ireland, that’s a fantastic decision you have made. But to turn that decision into a rational one, you must speak to our study abroad experts and know more about how to apply at universities and colleges in Ireland.

Sources: the PIE news, DNA India and ICEF. 

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