In line with the Government decision of 19 May 2015 a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education, in response to concerning practices within certain parts of the sector, is now being implemented.
The reforms are designed to drive real, lasting change in the sector and will tackle abuse of the immigration regime and labour market, improve the overall quality of offering to international students, and improve protection for learners, whilst safeguarding the strong international reputation of high-quality Irish education providers in line with the goals of Ireland’s International Education Strategy.
The first change to be implemented under this reform programme is the introduction of the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) in relation to certain higher education and professional courses. The ILEP is to be introduced on 20 January 2016.
After this date visa requiring students will only be allowed to enrol on a course that is registered on the ILEP. See further details here