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ICOS statement on reform of the student immigration system for international education


25/5/15

Following today's release of a new government policy statement 'Reform of the International Education Sector and Student Immigration System', Director of the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), Sheila Power, commented:

“ICOS very much welcomes tighter regulation of the private college sector, the raising of quality standards and significant progress toward the protection of learners and their course fees. International students need to feel absolutely confident their money will be kept secure from the moment it's paid and this must be the ultimate goal of further reform.”

“Time is fast running out for rogue operators but it will be important that everything possible is done to keep students safe until reforms are fully in place. Similarly, students who have been recently displaced and who may have no current immigration permission also need sympathetic attention and ICOS hopes to work with the authorities on these issues.”

“These are significant changes and, in particular, will pose a challenge to English language students who chose Ireland because of the generous scope to work to raise their college fees. Inevitably, some will now choose other destinations.”