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What is the ILEP

The Interim List of Eligible Programmes for Student Immigration Permission (ILEP) replaces the previous Internationalisation Register with effect from 21 January 2015.

Regulatory Reform of the International Education Sector and the Student Immigration Regime was published in September 2014. It contains a number of changes, adopted by Government, to previous immigration policy that governs the recruitment of international students by providers. These reforms are designed to enhance Ireland’s reputation as a high quality destination for international students and will align student immigration policy more closely with national strategic objectives for the international education sector and the implementation of the International Education Mark (IEM).

The ILEP includes information on education and training programmes which meet specified criteria. It is a reference point primarily for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality, in considering visa and residency applications from non-EEA applicants wishing to study on a full-time basis in Ireland and to avail of a concession to take up casual employment in the State with certain restrictions. The Department of Education and Skills has an advisory role in identifying appropriate criteria for the inclusion of programmes in the Interim List. The ILEP is administered by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) on behalf of both Departments.

It is important to note that inclusion of a programme in the ILEP does not confer any further status on the programme, award, or provider, other than to confirm that they meet the criteria for inclusion in the ILEP.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

QQI was established in 2012. QQI will authorise the use of an International Education Mark (IEM) by providers offering education and training to international learners, as defined under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012. Applicant providers will be required to demonstrate a capacity for quality assurance and improvement that is appropriate to their provision. Providers will also be required to demonstrate their compliance with a code of practice relating to the pastoral care and protection of international students. Attainment of IEM authorisation is not the sole requirement for recruiting non-EEA students; programmes must also comply with the immigration regime of the State.

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