The first petition for consideration is No. P00007/21, from Ms Nathalia Nogueira. which concerns the third level graduate programme, stamp 1G, visa extension. The petition states "As a result of the events of 2020, the year 2021 remains uncertain on a global scale." The petition seeks:
to extend the visa of all graduate students for one more year. This would give us a more realistic chance of successfully securing [or] seeking ... a sponsorship. This extension will not only be beneficial for students, but also for the Irish market for retaining a qualified workforce in the Country.
The reply from the Department of Justice in the advice note has been circulated to committee members. I propose that the petition and the reply from the Department are published, the departmental correspondence is sent to Ms Nogueira and she is asked if she is satisfied with the reply.
Do members have any views on that or is it agreed?