Where to study Ireland International Students Get to Stay More in Ireland after Graduation

International Students Get to Stay More in Ireland after Graduation

The Irish government has some great news for all non-EU/EEA students who are currently completing their masters or doctoral studies: from now on, non-EU/EEA students studying in Ireland are entitled to stay for up to 24 months in the country to get employment or apply for work permit/green card.

“Graduates of masters and doctoral programmes will have up to 24 months to look for a job and apply for work permits in Ireland.”

Up until now, non-EU/EEA graduates of masters and doctoral programmes were allowed to stay in Ireland for a maximum of 12 months after their graduation. With this new expansion programme, they have up to 24 months to look for a job and apply for work permits. However, this regulation doesn’t apply to non-EU/EEA students completing honours undergraduate degrees.

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“The Irish Government aims to increase the international enrolment in higher education in Ireland by 33% and boost the enrolment in ELT programmes by 25%.”

The main reason why this option has been introduced is due to a broader and more ambitious plan coming from the Irish government, which aims to increase the international enrolment in higher education in Ireland by 33% and boost the enrolment in ELT programmes (English Language teaching) by 25% – reaching 132,500 students in the first half on 2020.

Although these programmes have seen great improvements in 2015, the Italian and Spanish education markets were accounted for 73% of all enrolments. This new regulation would boost the Irish economy to US $2.34 billion in less than 3-4 years (from US $1.67 billion at the moment).

Read more about this “stay-back option” for international students studying in Ireland on ICEF Monitor’s website.