Covid-19 Updates

21 May 2020

In light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties some people can encounter due to not having an IRP card, the INIS website has updated the information applicable for international students.

http://www.inis.gov.ie/

The statement released last week confirmed that all visa students should be enrolled in a language course to meet the criteria of their visa and immigration status. 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-enroll 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.

Read frequently asked questions here

7 May 2020

On the 1st of May 2020,  the Irish Government outlined a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of businesses and society on a phased basis between May 18th and August 10th. 

These measures are set to come into effect on 18th May. They are a part of the roadmap for reopening society and business and will only come into effect if the medical advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team says that it is right to do so.

According to announcement, language schools must remain closed to students until Stage 5 which sees the gradual re-opening of most businesses in Ireland.  These measures are part of the fifth phase of lifting the public health restrictions that were put in place to protect us all from COVID-19. This stage will commence on the 10th August 2020.

You can read full details here

While schools remain closed, we are continuing to run our range of online programmes for our students. 

We remain committed to providing excellent support, tuition and care for our students.

10 April 2020

The Irish government has just announced further measures for the containment of Covid-19.

Galway Cultural Institute has followed all health and safety guidelines as issued by the Irish Government since the beginning of the outbreak. In compliance with the directive of the Irish Government of Friday 10th April, the restrictions already in place have extended hence the school remains closed until 5th May 2020. 

For further information on the directive click here

Schools will now remain closed until further notice and all teaching has been moved online. 

Students currently attending a course at Galway Cultural Institute can continue to avail of our online material.

We remain committed to the delivery our online lessons and to provide any support you may need during this time. 

Our staff will get in touch with you directly if you or your students are due to start a course in the weeks between now and 5th May 2020. Alternatively, please contact us at info@gci.ie.

24 March 2020 

The Government of Ireland extended the school closures until 19th April. 

Students currently attending a course at Galway Cultural Institute can continue to avail of our online material.

For any questions please contact info@gci.ie  

For further information from the Department of Education click here.

20 March 2020

Immigration Permission

The Registration Office at Burgh Quay and all Registration Offices nationwide (including Galway Immigration Office) have closed as of the 20th of March 2020 until further notice. 

The Immigration Service Delivery website contains a notice setting out the measures for Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020.  

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/3/2020 to 20/5/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. 

This applies to:

  • Student permissions
  • Working Holiday Authorisation
  • Short-stay permission, for those who are unable to leave and return home due to the pandemic

http://www.inis.gov.ie/ 

(What this means in essence is that if an individual’s permission is due to expire between the 20/03/20 and the 20/05/20 then they will receive an automatic 2 month renewal of their current permission i.e. Person A has a Stamp 2 permission due to expire on the 10/04/2020 – their Stamp 2 permission is automatically renewed until the 10/06/2020 – they are not required to do anything (they do not need to attend a Registration Office to have their Passport stamped and they do not require a new IRP Card and there is no fee!).

We, at Galway Immigration Office, will try to keep you up to date on any further developments and feel free to contact us by e-mail.

Individuals affected should be advised to direct all queries to burghquayregoffice@justice.ie or you also may contact Gaillimh.Immigration@garda.ie.

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12 March 2020

School Closure - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Irish government emergency measures 12/03/20

The Prime Minister of Ireland this morning made an announcement regarding Covid-19:

“Our own National Public Health Emergency Team met last night and has issued new advice to Government. We are acting on that advice today. […] So, from 6pm today, the following measures are being put in place. They will stay in place until March 29th. Schools, colleges, and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow. Where possible, teaching will be done on-line or remotely. Cultural institutions will close.”

The “unprecedented measures to protect public health”, include the closure of language schools

All schools in Ireland (including English Language Schools) have been directed by the government to close starting from today, March 12th at 6pm. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD announced today the closure of schools, pre-schools and colleges to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March and it will remain valid until Sunday 29th March.This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them.

Covid -19

We are all concerned about the spread of the virus and are adhering to the guidelines set out by government concerning those areas that are within our control.  The situation is a concern, but it is important not to panic. 

At Galway Cultural Institute, our students' safety is extremely important to us. So, if you decide to return to your home country earlier than planned/ during the time of school closure, please inform us by email to info@gci.ie

Up to date health advice information & updates are available:

  1. World Health Organisation
  2. Irish Government (Ireland)
  3. Irish Health Service Executive (Ireland)

For further guidelines from the Irish Health Service Executive, see the following link:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html