The Irish government has given the permission to double the ‘stay-back option’ for master’s and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months.
The 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 master’s or PhD level, to remain in Ireland for two years to seek graduate jobs and employment.
Giles O’Neill, manager, Education in Ireland, said, “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.”
This new scheme will be applicable to the non-European Union/ European Economic Area students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. 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.
From February 18 until 26, 16 of Ireland’s top institutions will participate in the Education in Ireland student fairs across five cities in India; Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi, which will give potential students an opportunity to interact with the Irish institutes.