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Letter to the Minister for Justice, Minister Helen McEntee TD

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee

Department of Justice and Equality,

51 St. Stephens Green,

Dublin 2

28 September, 2020

Letter to the Minister for Justice, Minister Helen McEntee TD,

Dear Minister McEntee,

We hope this letter finds you well. We are contacting you in relation to the outgoing master’s cohort of international UCD students. As we are sure you know, these students have been left in limbo when it comes to the conversion of their Stamp 2 visas to Stamp 1G. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, UCD’s Academic Council took the decision to extend the deadline for minor theses by two weeks, which has pushed the release of provisional results out to the 14th of October. However, because of this extension, students are unable to apply for their 1G, as it requires proof that they have achieved the award for which they enrolled.

Many students are being faced with the possibility of losing multiple job offers because they will no longer be able to work full-time come September 30th. We ask that you remove the cap on working hours for outgoing students on Stamp 2 visas, as was done earlier this year for students whose programmes have gone fully online. In the same vein as your decision to extend all student visas into the new year, we believe that this would be a great boon to our students in a time of crisis.

These students have worked hard and paid large sums of money, only to find their future careers threatened by delays in the immigration process. We have been contacted by many such students, and we do not believe it is fair that they should lose out on the fruits of all their hard work. We are still living in exceptional circumstances. We call on you to recognize that fact, and to act.

UCD Students’ Union would be happy to meet with you to discuss this issue further, and we thank you for your time and consideration.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

UCD Students’ Union

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