The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.
What's really great about studying in Ireland is that the government adheres to a National Framework of Qualifications or NFQ. With NFQ education standards in place, you acquire a degree that would most likely be recognized in countries belonging to the EEA and beyond!
So, if you are planning to study in Ireland and you are required to have a visa, you must apply for a study visa first before you travel.
In addition, if you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area or EEA, your course of study must also be listed on Ireland's Interim List of Eligible Programmes or ILEP. The fees you pay to the academic provider are protected since courses listed on the ILEP have "learner protection for enrolled non-EAA students."
As an English-speaking country in the Eurozone, Ireland Institutes of Technology or IoTs, private colleges and universities also offer English language courses to international students. If you have difficulty meeting the minimum English language requirement of your course, you mahy want to enrol in an English language course first. Just ensure though that the course meets the following conditions:
Ireland Naturalization and Immigration Service (or INIS) announced changes regarding evidence of finances for all Non EEA students on first registration:
Check with your academic institution first and verify whether they accept split-tuition fee payments.
If you decide to use the Education Bond Ireland facilities, your funds will be released immediately once you arrive in Ireland and you provide a copy of your visa to the bank where your funds have been deposited.
In addition to your course being full-time and listed in the ILEP, you also have to satisfy normal immigration controls.
Remember, in case your application is successful, it does not mean that family members can join or visit you while you are studying.
Authors & Contributors
Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.
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