As a response to the closure of a number of schools offering courses to non EEA students, the Department of Justice and Equality has introduced new guidelines to protect foreign students studying in Ireland. As part of this new regime, it was proposed that only students of those colleges with English language courses approved by ACELS would be considered for Stamp 2 status (i.e. with permission to work part time during term time and 40 hours per week during academic holidays). The manner in which this new regulatory scheme was set up was challenged in the High Court and found wanting and there is now a lacuna in the regulations. At present, it seems that students of bona fide colleges are permitted to register with GNIB on the usual Stamp 2 basis, even where they are not ACELS approved.
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