Tue, May 26, 2020 -SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES

SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES

Dear SEDA Students,

We hope that you are all keeping well? We hope you that family and friends back home are also well and that this global pandemic will soon be under control. Here are some updates that affect your status as the holder of an International Student Visa.

As well as this, here is some good news from SEDA… We are now offering a credit note to all our students who have remained in Ireland. This is to compensate for the loss of up to 12 weeks of face-to-face tuition, missed due to COVID-19 .

SEDA COURSE CREDITS

SEDA is very aware that the decision to temporarily close English Language schools has brought hardship to many of our students. Given the current situation, SEDA wants to support students as much as possible and wishes to reduce the impact caused by these challenging times. SEDA is therefore now offering a credit note to all students who remained in Ireland to cover up to a maximum of 12 weeks of the tuition missed due to COVID-19 .

For more details please go to this link:

Credit Note Request SEDA College

COURSE RENEWAL

The Irish Immigration Authorities recently (21 May 2020) published a document of Frequently Asked Questions to clarify the temporary conditions put in place during the COVID-19 Emergency.

Of significance to International Students is the confirmation that STUDENTS MUST RE-ENROLL INTO CLASSES AS SOON AS THEIR COURSE IS FINISHED (AT THE END OF THEIR HOLIDAY). The two-month extensions that the GNIB are providing are a measure to keep people safe so that they do not need to queue in the Immigration Office. They are not extensions to the length of your course. This is the exact wording from Immigration:

Q 25. My permission was automatically renewed by two months; am I required to re-enrol in a new course, and if so, can I wait until the end of the two months before doing so?

The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. For students, this means you will be able to continue to work if you so wish but you must also re-enrol in a course of study. This must be done as soon as the previous course is completed and failure to do so will be considered a breach of the permission which may result in your future registration being refused.

You can read more about this at this link:

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Immigration-Service-Delivery-Covid-19-FAQ4.pdf/Files/Immigration-Service-Delivery-Covid-19-FAQ4.pdf

TEMPORARY PERMISSION TO ENROL ON 4th RENEWAL

The Irish Immigration Authorities today (26 May 2020) published a statement to confirm that English Language students may enrol for a 4th time if they are currently livening in Ireland. The course duration will be from the time of enrolment until 31 December 2020:

Students who have completed the maximum 2 years English language study

Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year. For these students, the duration of a course shall be from the date of enrolment to 31 December 2020.

FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON IMMIGRATION RULES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

· Exams

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions , it is understood that in-person exams are not possible at this time. As an exceptional, short term and temporary measure, and in the absence of online exams being available, ISD will accept a teacher’s assessment in lieu of the exam for Registration purposes. The exam shall be completed by students when available.

· First time registration

As registration offices are currently closed and in light of the difficulties some students may encounter due to not having an IRP card, as a temporary measure between now and 20th July 2020 prospective students can apply to the Registration Office to request a letter confirming their permission to remain in the State and the conditions attached.

· Students who have left the State

Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed.

· Students who have completed the maximum 2 years

English language study Language students with a current, valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year. For these students, the duration of a course shall be from the date of enrolment to 31 December 2020.

· Permission to work

Students who hold Stamp 2 permissions and who attend colleges which have physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may in these exceptional circumstances work 40

hours a week. This is conditional on the student completing their course online if this service is provided by their college and represents a short term and temporary measure.

· Breaches of Permission

If a student does not complete an online English Language Programme, where provided by the college concerned, then they will be considered to have breached the conditions of their permission by both failing to attend classes and, where applicable, working in excess of the permitted 20 hours and this may result in future registration being refused.

Students, including those who have completed 2 years study and who wish to remain in the State as students, are required to re-enrol in a course of study as soon as the previous course has been completed with no gaps between courses allowed. Failure to do so will also be considered a breach of the permission and may result in future registration being refused.

· Registration

Once the Registration Offices reopen all students are expected to register as normal.

 

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Fri, May 22, 2020 - IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION UPDATE

INIS has announced the following for English language students:

1. English language students must enrol in a new course as soon as their previous course has finished.

2. English language students are not permitted to freeze their course until the lockdown ends. They must enrol in an online course.

See page 6 of INIS FAQ document for full details of INIS announcement:

 

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Tue, May 12, 2020 - CREDIT NOTE

What should I do to get my credit note?

  • Students can attend online classes if they wish to continue their course.
  • If the student wishes to return home or pause their course, we will issue a credit note (official voucher of the college) for the full length of the course missed while the school is closed.
  • Students can also use this credit note to extend their course length paying the difference for the extra duration they are applying or they can use it in a future booking.

* The credit note can be used till 31.12.2021

Please click ​here​ to fill the form and get your credit note.

Mon, May 11, 2020 - We are here for you!

In response to student feedback, we are changing the format our online teaching to include live interactive classes.

STARTING ON MONDAY 11 MAY

The SEDA ONLINE Learning programme:

  • Live classes each day
  • Learning consolidation through practice exercises
  • Communicative activities to interact with classmates
  • Reading, Writing and Listening material to practice language skills
  • Teacher correction of student submissions
  • Personalised feedback on writing
  • Self-study material
  • Weekly Tests

EXPECTED DAILY WORKLOAD 3+HOURS

 

Access your class through the SEDA Google Classrooms.

For help or more information, please contact learning@seda.ie

Mon, May 5, 2020 - SEDA News - Leo Varadkar addressing the nation on Friday 1 May, 2020

Students

I am attaching a link to the National Address that was made the leader of the Irish government. It is about the lifting of government restrictions in response to the COVID-10 pandemic.
We were all hoping that the government would reopen schools and colleges on 5 May, but sadly this is not being allowed.  Health experts, guided by the World Health Organization, recommend against this.  The government is taking the approach that Ireland must reopen slowly in order to protect  both human health and the country’s long-term economic outlook.
As the online teaching will continue in the absence of permission to resume normal classes, we are adapting our programme to include live, interactive classes. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your teacher and talk to him or her on a daily basis. Our decision to do this is based on student feedback.
Live classes will begin on Monday 11 May.  They will be run in conjunction with the SEDA Google Classroom support classes. We will continue to follow our online teaching programme, but instead of delivering it through the SEDA Online Platform, we will now be delivering it through Google Meet.  We will continue to set weekly tests and to provide practice exercises for you to do in the Google Classrooms. We will continue to give you personalised feedback on your learning.
We are getting a lot of questions about attendance.  The government understands that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. It is not their intention to add to this stress. Their request is that you comply with your International Student visa by continuing to engage with online learning to the best of your ability. At SEDA, we are asking you to do the Friday test each week as evidence that you are engaging with our learning programme. You are not compelled to log on the live class for attendance reasons.
In order to further improve our online offering, your Google Classroom will be supported by a team of teachers. Each class will have a dedicated teacher, a support teacher (me) and a video content supplier. We will work together to provide:
  • Engaging interactive live lessons on a daily basis
  • A Friday test each week
  • Practice material that helps you to prepare for the Friday test
  • Ppersonalised feedback on writing exercises
  • Additional video content for extra learning
Please let me know if you have any questions on this?
Best regards
Jane

Sat, Apr 24, 2020 - SEDA News — Letter for the students

SEDA Students,

We hope you are managing alright in the difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in.  We hope that you are staying safe and that your friends and families back home are also comfortable and well.
We are looking forward to getting back to normal classes as soon as the government allows this. In the meantime, we would like to update you on what is happening in the English Language Education sector in Ireland.
Before we do that,  we would like to thank all of you for the commitment and hard work that you are putting into online classes. The attendance on our online learning platform, SEDA Online, is fantastic.  Each day we are broadcasting live classes at all levels, which are then available to watch on demand.
We have also had a great response to the SEDA Google Classroom support classes which provide learning support at all levels. These classes follow the syllabus that is presented by the online teachers, and offer the opportunity for you to ask questions and get feedback.  You can access learning material and you are required to do a weekly test to confirm your progress.  If you have not yet joined up to a Google Classroom, please would you email learning@seda.ie to request access.
So in terms of the bigger picture for all language schools, the government has established what they call a  “Covid-19 Working Group for the English Language Education Sector”.  This includes representatives of relevant government departments, students and the English Language schools. QQI’s (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) commitment is that both they and the Department of Education & Skills  are actively engaging with key stakeholders to ensure that issues of primary concern to international students are addressed as a priority. They assure us that the  Covid-19 Working Group  will continue to meet on an ongoing basis to provide further support to students and providers in this sector.
In the meantime, the Immigration authorities have recently sent an open letter to all English language schools clarifying their requirements for International visa students.  (We have attached the letter.) The main point is that, according to government policy all schools and colleges – including English Language schools – should continue their teaching programme and should provide their students with online access.   Students are required to engage with this online teaching and do not have the option to pause their courses.
The new information contained within this letter is that if you have an International Student visa and you are working full time you must  attend online classes. If you don’t attend your online classes, you will be in breach of your  visa conditions.  This is a new condition, in place alongside the allowance to work full time which was introduced since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
So how do you prove that you are attending online classes?  Every Friday we set a test in the Google classroom classes. This is to confirm the learning around the SEDA Online live classes. Signing into a Google Classroom class and doing the weekly test will confirm that you are keeping up with the learning requirement.  If you have any questions on this, please email learning@seda.ie.
As a final point, we would just like to be sure that you know these things:
1. Students who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic are eligible to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Further details can be found here.
2. The Department of Justice and Equality has confirmed that immigration permissions which expire between 20 March and 20 May 2020 will be automatically renewed for a period of 2 months. This renewal is on the same basis as existing permissions and the same conditions will continue to apply.
We are here to help you. If you need anything, please let us know.
Kind regards
Jane Langley

Fri, Apr 23, 2020 - JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

During this difficult time, we are here to bring good news.

Every one of us has been affected in some way and most of our costumers that are students become unemployed.

Due to this situation, Leevin Ireland has partnered with companies that are contracting at the moment and don’t need to be worried about English level and documents we will help if you have the profile to the position.

Look how to participate in this opportunity.

https://leevinireland.com/work

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - ABOUT STUDENT VISA STAMP 2 - STATUS

All student visas due to expire between 20th of March and the 20th of May 2020 will be extended following the Irish government measures. These student visas will be extended for two months from the original expiry date. For more information: ​https://bit.ly/3cyWupT

In the event that normal business has resumed by then, the permissions to remain renewal application will be processed in the usual way and it will be issued with a written response. If, however, normal business has not resumed by the end of that period, a further extension of permission may have to be facilitated.

Students ‘Stamp 2’ permissions apply to Non-EEA students (Degree programme, Non-Degree programme and Language students) currently residing in the State under Ministerial permission for the purpose of study on a programme listed on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

All schools and colleges have now closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The following questions arise in the context of non-EEA nationals who attend these colleges and are who hold Stamp 2 permission that allows them to work 20 hours a week.

How many hours can I work each week while my school/college is closed due to COVID -19?
In these circumstances, you can work 40 hours a week. This is conditional on you completing your course online if this service is provided by your school/college and represents a short term and temporary measure.

I lost my part-time job; can I access the COVID- 19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

Students who were in employment and lost their employment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic can apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP). Students will be required to demonstrate that they have been in employment, that their employment has been terminated because of COVID-19 and that they are experiencing financial hardship as a consequence. Receipt of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will not constitute a breach of the conditions of the student’s immigration permission.

Do students whose permission has expired, or whose permission is due to expire shortly, need to register with a new course/college, pay fees etc. at this time when colleges are closed?

Student permissions are being extended in line with the current notice of 20th March. Developments in relation to these schools and colleges in the future cannot be known at this stage and ISD is not in a position to give any commitments in relation to future courses.

 


 

You can also check all of this information in the links below: Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), Ireland.

https://www.internationalstudents.ie/information-international-students-covid-19

GOV.IE

https://www.gov.ie/en/

Department of Education & Skills

https://www.education.ie/en/

Immigration Service (INIS)

http://inis.gov.ie/

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

https://www.qqi.ie/

Health Service Executive (HSE)

https://www.hse.ie/eng/

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Beginner Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Beginner Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started?  These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes.  This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Beginner level Google Classroom classes. To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions.  You should join the class by entering the class code.
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
Best regards,
Jane

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Elementary Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Elementary Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started?  These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes.  This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Elementary level Google Classroom classes. To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions.  You should join the class by entering the class code.
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
Best regards,
Jane

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Pre-Intermediate Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Pre-Intermediate Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started?  These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes.  This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Pre-Intermediate level Google Classroom classes. To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions.  You should join the class by entering the class code.
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
Best regards,
Jane

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Intermediate Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Intermediate Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started?  These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes.  This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Intermediate level Google Classroom classes. To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions.  You should join the class by entering the class code.
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
Best regards,
Jane

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Upper Intermediate Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Upper-Intermediate Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started?  These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes.  This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Upper-Intermediate level Google Classroom classes. To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions.  You should join the class by entering the class code.
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
Best regards,
Jane

Thur, Apr 2, 2020 - SEDA Advanced Students - Invitation to online classroom support

Advanced Students,

I hope that you are enjoying the SEDA Online classes that have been running since the Government shutdown started? These can be accessed through this link:
In response to student feedback, we are now offering online classroom support for these SEDA Online classes. This is being provided through Google Classroom and is organised by level.
You are invited to attend the Advanced level Google Classroom classes which are intended for students studying both General English and in Intensive IELTS classes . To join you must have a gmail account and login through Chrome.
The link below gives your more detail on this if you need it. Please follow Part 1 and Part 2 of the instructions. You should join the class by entering the class code.
 
If you have any problems accessing the classroom, please let us know by emailing learning@seda.ie
 
See you in the online SEDA classroom…
 
Best regards,
Jane

Sat, Mar 13, 2020 - LIVE CLASSES

These classes are designed as support material, so that students can continue their studies from the safety of their own homes.

It will continue until such a time that we can reopen our classrooms and welcome students in person once again.

VIDEOS STORAGE

For all students who cannot attend the live class, we have created a place where they can watch the last class taught on our elearning platform: ​https://app.sedacollegeonline.com/p/seda-live Each class will be available for 24 hours.

To access the class, students will be ask to enter a password that is nedtc (with no capital letters).

Leo Varadkar - Address to nation (1 May 2020) - Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

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