Tuesday, 29 September 2020
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE MISSING OUT ON GRADUATE JOBS DUE TO VISA ISSUE
UCD Students' Union is asking Minister McEntee to act quickly so students do not miss out.
President of UCD Students' Union, Conor Anderson delivered a letter to the Department of Justice, asking Minister McEntee to remove the 20-hour cap on working hours for students on a Stamp 2 visa.
President of UCD Students' Union, Conor Anderson said;
'UCD Students' Union is calling on Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, to remove the 20-hour per week cap on working hours for outgoing international students on a Stamp 2 visa employed in the Republic. These students have worked hard to complete their degrees and then to find jobs, but due to the delay in results caused by Covid-19, they are now facing the prospect of losing job offers. In order to upgrade their Stamp 2 visa to a Stamp 1G, these students need proof that they have completed the degree in which they enrolled, but those results have been delayed by two weeks due to the pandemic. On top of that, INIS is dealing with a backlog of applications, meaning that many students will be unable to attain their 1G, and therefore students will not be able to accept full-time offers of employment, until November at the earliest.
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice removed the 20-hour per week cap for Stamp 2 visa holders if their programmes had moved fully online. This decision was justified by citing the "exceptional circumstances" we find ourselves in. However, those exceptional circumstances have not changed, and UCD Students' Union is asking for the removal of the cap to be urgently reinstated so hard-working students are not deprived of the chance for full-time work due to administrative delays. We call on Minister McEntee to act quickly, before these students lose out.'