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The government has relaxed the requirements for Irish citizenship for students studying in Ireland

Dublin: The government has eased the procedures for granting citizenship to those who come to study or work in Ireland. The Department of Justice has confirmed that their involvement in Stamp 1G and Stamp 0 will be taken into account when applying for Irish citizenship.

This measure will encourage the arrival of citizens of non-European countries, including India, and especially students, to Ireland.

For students who come for study, they get visa stamp 1G during their stay-back period of two years. The new system is unique in that they can apply for citizenship after three years if they get a job in any organisation. No other country in Europe has made it so simple to obtain citizenship.

According to Leo O’Brien, Managing Director of O’Brien India Associates, over 33,000 students from Ireland have already entered the workforce in the last five years. This figure excludes temporary jobs obtained by those who remain in the stay-back period.

Last year, Indians received 25,000 of the 40,000 work permits issued in Ireland. Almost half of them are students. Post-Covid, Ireland has received the largest number of workers from India. Ireland will select the best jobs for those who arrive with a work permit and those who arrive on a spouse visa.

They stated that the majority of those who have completed courses in finance, accounting, nursing, pharmacy, hotel management, engineering, and computing have already obtained work permits, which is a promising achievement.

Business and social sciences are among the most popular courses among Indian students. Ireland offers international students a two-year stay-back option, which encourages many students to come to Ireland. Recently, there has been an increase in interest in technical courses such as AI, Agri-Tech, Data Analytics, Fin-Tech, and Cyber Security.

O’Brien Associates, a leading Irish education consultancy that has re-opened its operations in India, is providing facilities for those who wish to study in Ireland. They accepted and facilitated the greatest number of students to study in Ireland and are now active in India after a brief break during the Covid period.

O’Brien Associates is also credited with bringing the first nursing students from India to Ireland.

It is one of the few agencies that has direct links with all educational institutions in Ireland.

Please contact O’Brien Associates at [email protected] for information on study facilities in Ireland, course fee structure, scholarships, accommodations, cost of living, and so on for courses beginning in September 2023, January, and September 2024.

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