Ph.D and post-graduate students get an extension for stay-back option in Ireland
Minister for Education and skills of Ireland has granted permission to lengthen the duration for Post graduate and Ph.D students. Previously, the extension period for Masters and Ph.D students was for 12 months but now it has become 24 months.
Ireland is a country where there are chances of acquiring work experience after completing your studies. This makes Ireland a very convincing option for students from India as there is an additional advantage of a world class education that offers better value for money. This will bring some relief for the Indian students as the Irish government is making it easier for these students who have done their graduation in Ireland and can now stay-on for an extended period of time after their studies. This move by the Irish government will permit qualified graduates who have completed their studies in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is approved by a recognised Irish awarding body at PhD or Masters Level. This will enable the students to stay back at Ireland for period of two years and look for jobs and employment.
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Manager for Education in Ireland, Giles O’ Neill said that the post study work visa getting extended will surely be an added advantage for Indian students and this is will bring in more bright students from India to grab the opportunity to complete their education in Ireland and can later contribute to Ireland’s talent pool by joining the Irish workforce. Rory Power, Director – India & South Asia, Enterprise Ireland says that the Irish institutions have been welcoming students from India for more than 100 years. Many Indian students from all those years have played a vital part in contributing to Ireland’s success globally. This will also give more opportunities for Indian students who can start their careers in dynamic sectors like ICT, engineering, medical devices, bio-pharma, financial services and food science.
This move by the Irish government, which in this case, is the time period being extended to 24 months, will apply to the non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. Previously, Indian students have seen great opportunities which they were able to avail because of the 1 year stay-back option. Therefore, Indian students, have a lot of opportunities for post study work experience in Ireland.