Work Permission Update

Working hours

In March 2020, as part of the Governments response to the covid-19 pandemic, students who hold Stamp 2 permissions and who attended colleges which had physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were allowed in those exceptional circumstances to work 40 hours a week. This was conditional on the student completing their course online if this service was provided by their college and represented a short term and temporary measure. This exceptional, short term and temporary measure will now cease.

-> The standard criteria will now apply as follows:

Students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission are permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. 

At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

Requirement to be enrolled on a course of study and register

By notice of 18 September, all permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 – 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021.

In order for students to maintain their permission, including the right to work, they must re-enrol in a course of study in accordance with the terms and conditions of the ILEP.

In summary, all students on a stamp 2 permission are required to be currently enrolled on a course of study and be either registered or have applied to do so. Failure to adhere to these conditions will result in future registration applications being refused.




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