Covid-19 Updates

(21/05/2020)

Immigration FAQs update 21/05/20

Yesterday the immigration office updated the FAQs and gave some strong response to the student’s main questions:

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

Q 26. My current course/ new course has moved to online study due to COVID-19. I didn’t move to Ireland to do online study; can I pause my course until physical classes return or resume?
A. No. While it is appreciated that students have travelled to Ireland to avail of in-person classes, unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, this is not possible at this time. Anyone resident in Ireland with a student permission is required to attend scheduled classes and, in the current circumstances, this includes where classes are provided online.

Q 27. I am a non-EEA national and currently hold a student permission (Stamp 2) but want to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme. Due to the temporary closure of my local registration office, I was unable to avail of this Programme and receive a Stamp 1G before I returned to my home country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How can I now avail of this Programme?
A. In light of the current COVID-1 pandemic, the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has introduced temporary arrangements for all non-EEA nationals who currently hold Stamp 2 permission and who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme including students who have returned to their home countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications can be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin at the following email address: – burghquayregoffice@justice.ie
All required documentation should be scanned and included with your application. If permission is granted, you will still be required to register once the Registration Office or your local Registration Offices reopens when you have returned to Ireland.
This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 30 September 2020. All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply.

You can read the full FAQs here.

If you have any questions about how this affects you, contact contact@atlantic.ac.  Please include your student ID number. Or, join our online student services meeting on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm Irish time.

(14/05/2020)

Important Visa Update for Non-EEA students

The Irish government has announced a temporary extension to visa permissions. 

Visas that are due to expire between 20 May 2020 and 20 July 2020 will be automatically extended for 2 months. This also applies to visas that had already been temporarily extended in March and April.  All visa conditions remain the same.

International English language students can continue to work but must be enrolled on an online course of study to adhere to  work/study visa requirements

Immigration registration offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. When offices re-open, priority appointments will be given to those who need to register for the first time

You can read the announcement in full here.

If you have any questions about how this affects you,  contact@atlantic.ac.  Please include your student ID number. Or, join our online student services meeting on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm Irish time.

(06/05/2020)

Message from John Daly, CEO

Dear All,

On 1st May the Irish Government announced new guidelines in relation to the COVID 19 crisis. The effect of these is that Atlantic Language School will not be allowed to reopen until 10 August 2020.

We will continue to offer a range of courses ONLINE and students who are currently attending online classes will have the option to continue throughout the summer.

If you have questions about courses booked for June, July or August, please contact us at contact@atlantic.ac and we will get back to you directly.  

We look forward to welcoming students back to our classrooms in mid-August when we will be offering our full range of English language and Educational Training courses.

Yours sincerely,

John Daly,
CEO Atlantic Language

NON-EEA students:
Important update in relation to attendance and working hours during COVID 19

We have recently received an update from the Irish immigration authority in relation to student attendance and working hours during the COVID 19 pandemic. It states that

1) If a school is offering online classes, students are expected to complete their course.
2) Students with stamp 2 visas can temporarily work up to 40 hours on condition they complete their online course.
3) Students who work in excess of 20 hours per week and do not complete their online course will be in breach of visa conditions

If you have any questions about how this affects you, please get in touch: contact@atlantic.ac

Read the full statement here.

Atlantic Online

Academic Provision

  • Atlantic Language will be providing lessons online using Zoom videoconferencing software
  • We are upholding our certification and accreditation of courses, so students are joining classes at the same level as their original classes and with the same material and content.
    We are using the various tools and resources available online to continue delivering classes based on a communicative methodology – to ensure our classes remain interactive, dynamic and focused on student skill development
  • Students can access their virtual classroom for up to 15 hours per week

Timetable:  9.00 – 12.30 Mon – Fri

  • As of next week, we will be providing students with digital coursebook resources, and piloting an integrated Moodle-based platform to allow for ongoing project work, written work and additional tuition, with a view to a full e-learning experience being made available to all students as soon as possible.
  • Additional out-of-class support will also be provided to allow for guided student work with the real-time availability of teachers to help and provide feedback.

Student Support

Students who are using the Online Platform will be able to contact members of the Atlantic Support team via our WhatsApp Number+ 353 87 3598689 or online@atlantic.ac during normal opening hours: 9 – 5 pm.

Accommodation

Rest assured that those students who are staying in residence will be able to continue living there as per usual. As for those students staying with host families, the Atlantic Language Accommodation team is in constant communication with our hosts to ensure that the necessary support is given. The Student Support Team will continue to work as normal to provide the usual level of support.

You will be able to contact our Accommodation Team via: +353 87 412 7456 or  contact@atlantic.ac

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Advice

Overview
The situation is a concern, but it is important not to over-react or panic. At Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin we are closely following recommendations and guidelines from the government, the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control which are accessible here:

If you are preparing to start a course with us, please contact us as soon as possible at contact@atlantic.ac if:

  • You are from a high-risk area
  • You visited a high-risk area in the past 14 days

We will change your course to a new date with no extra cost.

We are publishing regular information updates on the situation. Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin is following best practice recommendations to minimise the spread of Coronavirus. This includes HSE Guidelines which are regularly updated, and refer to WHO directives.

The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to a specific will be communicated widely.

Contact us for support during this time by email at: contact@atlantic.ac