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Post-Study Work Eligibility gets extended in Ireland for students studying remotely due to COVID

May 06, 2021

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Has Ireland extended Post-Study Work Eligibility for international students who have been studying remotely due to COVID-19 impact? Is this a fact? 

Yes, it is and a ray of hope to international students. 

Owing to the impact of Covid-19 worldwide, Ireland is allowing international students who are at present in their second semester of programmes in Irish higher education institutions but studying remotely outside of Ireland, to remain eligible for post-study work rights. 

Isn’t this a great news for all those who would like to study in Ireland.

The best part is that the temporary flexibility is comparable to that in Australia, Canada, and the UK and in fact this is more generous than current rules in the US and New Zealand. 


Is this a temporary or permanent policy? 

Though this is temporarily adjusted it is no doubt a key immigration policy which will have substantial impact on international students in light of COVID. Ireland has brought this policy into effect as an effort not only to protect students’ ability to stay in Ireland after their studies to work but also to discourage students from travelling back to Ireland during COVID. So, this policy would be in the best of the interests of international students as well as the Irish citizens in these testing times. 


For how long will this policy last? 

International students studying online and/or remotely in their second semester of an Irish higher education programme will remain eligible for the Third Level Graduate Programme (1G) for a short time. 


Benefits of Third Level Graduate Programme 

  • As per this programme, non-EU/EEA students graduating with a degree from a recognised Irish awarding body can remain in Ireland to look for graduate-level employment for up to 24 months depending on their level of schooling attained. 
  • These students will be allowed to apply for a Green Card (work permit) after 24 months. *Students studying remotely in Irish ‘Level 8 or 9’ programmes (including honours bachelor’s, master’s, and post-graduate) can apply until 31st May 2021. 


How to apply? 

International Students who have returned to their home countries due to the pandemic or those who have not been able to obtain an appointment because of COVID restrictions can submit their applications, along with scan copies of required documents, electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin. Students have to register in Ireland when they are able to return to the country. 


Eligibility Criteria: 

The applicants need to submit a letter from their higher education institution stating that: 

  • they were enrolled as a student for the academic year 2020/2021
  • this course was taught 100% remotely, and
  • it was not essential for them to attend in-person classes

Apart from the above-mentioned criteria, they also have to submit a letter from the relevant awarding body or institution to prove that they have achieved the award for which they were enrolled as a student. 


Further Info 

Connect to KC’s Ireland Admission Experts and get more information about this policy if you have been studying remotely. You need to hurry up and apply as the last date is 31st May 2021. 

For further queries related to Study in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, you can connect to our respective country admission experts. 

You can also connect to our Europe Admission Experts in person or online depending on the place you are in India or beyond India be it in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, or Vietnam and get information regarding study in Sweden, Switzerland, or France. 

KC Overseas Education has been assisting study abroad aspirants in fulfilling their study abroad dreams for 25 years and we have been trying our level best in giving updated information to international education aspirants during this Covid-19 impact since 2020. Even now we are trying to give authentic, verified and latest information so that students can take the right decision at the right time. 

KC Overseas Education is one of the best study abroad consultants in India, spreading across Asia now with its presence in 4 countries other than India. 

We not only do counselling but also help in application and Visa Processing. We are experts in Standardized Test coaching and w have been offering Online coaching as well so that you prepare for your tests from the comfort and safety of your home. 

We have an exclusive window of E’LAN Loans through which we assist students in availing study abroad loans. 

So, in short KC Overseas Education offers all the required services under one roof. 

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