I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person mentioned by the Deputy applied for and was granted a visa in 2007 to allow him to enter the State for the purpose of Study. As the Deputy has not supplied details for the second person mentioned I can only answer in the case of the person whose details have been supplied.
The ‘New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA Students' was published in September 2010 and has been in operation since 1 January 2011. The New Regime introduced maximum periods for residence in the State on a student permission and provided for a differentiated approach between "Degree Programme" courses and those at the "Language or Non-Degree Programme" level. This person should be advised to make an application to the General Immigration Division of INIS giving details of his particular case and outlining the exceptional measures that may apply in his case.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process.The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.