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The India Times Features Article Highlighting Trinity and Ireland’s Two Year Stay Back Visa

Posted on 13 February 2017

The India Times has featured a story on Ireland’s recently announced Two Year Stay Back Visa.  The article comes amid a sense of unease amongst Indian students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects who are planning an overseas higher education. There is growing concern over reports that US President Donald Trump may roll back the extension of optional practical training (OPT), which allows them to work on a student visa.  Currently, in America, STEM students are allowed to stay on for up to three years, after they graduate, to work or look for jobs. 

The article reports that “Thousands of kilometres away, one country, Ireland, has slightly different plans from those of Trump. Last week it announced a decision to double the "stay back option" for master’s and PhD students from 12 months to 24”.

“There are many attractive job opportunities in Ireland, and the Irish government is of the view that many bright Indian students will now find a compelling option to gain post-study work experience and join the diverse workforce in Ireland in sectors such as software, biopharma, engineering, ICT and finance," Rory Power, Director, India & South Asia of Enterprise Ireland, an economic development agency, told ET Magazine. 

In 2015, over 2,000 Indian students chose Ireland for higher education; with the figure increasing by at least 10 per cent in 2016. Declan Coogan, International Student Recruitment Manager at Trinity, states in the article that the announcement of the two-year stay back graduate visa will reinforce Ireland in the minds of Indian students as a welcome destination for world-class education and research along with career opportunities. 

The new stay-back option in Ireland allows Masters’ and PhD students from India and other non-EU countries to stay back to look for graduate jobs in Ireland for up to two years.   As Ireland will soon be the only English-speaking education destination in the European Union, this may result in increased numbers studying in Ireland.

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