Minister for Education and Skills of Ireland has agreed to double the 'stay-back option' for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months.
Time Period Extended
The Irish government is making it easier for Indian students who have graduated in Ireland to stay on after they finish studying. This new scheme 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 graduate jobs and employment.
What Management has to Say
Giles O'Neill, Manager, Education in Ireland commented, "The extension of the post-study work visa will benefit Indian students considerably. We can foresee many bright students from India availing of this opportunity and on completion of their education joining the Irish workforce and contributing to Ireland's talent pool."
Rory Power, Director - India & South Asia, Enterprise Ireland said, "Irish institutions have been welcoming Indian students for over 100 years many of whom have made an important contribution to Ireland's global success. This new scheme will give Indian students, even more, an opportunity to launch their careers in dynamic sectors such as ICT, bio-pharma, engineering, medical devices, food science and financial services".
This new scheme will be applicable to the non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications.
Why should Indians study in Ireland?
In the past, Indian students in Ireland have seen attractive opportunities that they were able to avail due to the one-year stay back option. The possibility of gaining valuable post-study work experience makes Ireland a very compelling option for Indian students with the added advantage of a world-class education that offers better value for money. Indian students in Ireland have a lot of exposure to companies for internships and later for job opportunities.
Education in Ireland Fair
From February 18th until 26th, sixteen of Ireland's top institutions will participate in the 'Education in Ireland' student fairs across five cities in India; Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune & New Delhi, which will give potential students and their parents an opportunity to meet and interact with the Irish institutes in person and gain valuable information about courses, admission procedures and insights to career opportunities. At this student fair, Ireland's visa officer will be present to guide students through the information on 2-years stay back options.
About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, it supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the Education in Ireland brand that promotes the international marketing and promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions.