Immigration FAQs update 21/05/2020

For students that have remained in Ireland during the Covid Pandemic crisis:

Please note that as of 20th May 2020, the INIS immigration office are now providing answers to the student’s main questions concerning attendance on online courses and dates of validity of their immigration permissions, the following information is taken from the INIS updated FAQ document (see below):

«Student Immigration Permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are now automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach «.

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?

A. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. For students, this means you 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.

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.

You can read the full FAQs here. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Immigration-Service-Delivery-Covid-19-FAQ4.pdf/Files/Immigration-Service-Delivery-Covid-19-FAQ4.pdf 

All Horner School of English students (remaining in Ireland) have previously been issued with login access to our Online Study Platform.  In addition we have invited all students to our online classes, which have been running since early April 2020.  It is vitally important that all students continue the study programmes, in order to remain in compliance with the above government guidelines.

If you would like to receive a new invite to the online classes please do not hesitate to contact us at admin@hornerschool.com. 

Update: Tuesday 5th May 2020

Re-opening Date Update: The Irish Government has published a road-map document which outlines the plan to lift restrictions and the key dates to re-open Ireland’s economy in a phased manner. The phases of the plan will be introduced in a slow, gradual, step-wise manner over 5 phases with 3 weeks between each phase, starting May 18th 2020.

Schools and colleges are included within phase 5 of this plan, phase 5 is due to commence on 10th August 2020.

The plan states:

The following educational institutions can open on a phased basis at the beginning of the academic year 2020/21:

• primary and secondary schools
• universities
• third level education centres
• adult education centres

Horner School are awaiting clarification from the Irish Government regarding an exact date for re-opening. We are also awaiting further details around any special requirements in relation to school premises, public transport, international travel, and business compliance in the period after the lock-down.

All further news and updates relating to this Covid-19 closure, will be posted on this page.

Update: Friday 17th April 2020:

We are introducing the option of Virtual Classes for prospective students and groups who are unable to travel to Dublin in person. Our highly trained team of teachers have created a NEW online English Programme. Delivered using the ZOOM platform and also incorporating our online Study System which includes lessons on General English, Business English, Academic English, Vocabulary Development, IELTS, & TOEIC Exam Skills.  All Horner Online Classes are taught by one of our friendly and experienced English language teachers using a wide selection of media and materials. Students booking these courses can take part in actual live English classes delivered over the Zoom platform. Click here for more details NEW online English Programme.

Update: Friday 10th April 2020

Reopening Date: The Irish Government announced this afternoon that restrictions on public movement and other measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 will remain in place, in Ireland, for the next three-and-a-half weeks. These restrictions are to remain in place now until Tuesday 5 May 2020.

It is possible that this date may be extended again.  All further news and updates relating to this Covid-19 closure, will be posted on this page.

Our NEW Digital learning Platform has now been provided to all enrolled students that were affected by these events. this new platform enables our students to continue their studies from home.  In addition we are offering some limited hours of online teaching every week to the small number of students that have remained in Dublin during this crisis.

Immigration Status: Some students have immigration permissions that are linked to their attendance at a language school. The Irish Government has advised that all international students will be considered to have met their attendance requirement during this shutdown period. Students with immigration permissions which expire between 20 March 2020 and 20 May 2020 are being automatically renewed for an additional period of 2 months.

Update: Tuesday 24 March 2020

Reopening Date: We have just been informed that the closure order for all Irish schools (including English language schools) is now being extended until 19th April 2020. It is possible that this date may need to be extended again.  All further news and updates relating to this closure, will be posted on this page.

Update: Monday 23 March 2020

We understand that everyone is experiencing extremely difficult circumstances now due to the Covid-19 virus situation. Our lives have been turned upside down and we are worried about our future. Our hearts and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

During this last week, we have been inundated by requests for assistance from students already attending a course and others soon to arrive. Many flights were cancelled and this resulted in stranded students requiring emergency assistance with accommodation. We have been working long hours every day to sort out the problems and thankfully we now feel that we are bringing the situation under control. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide support and assistance to the remaining students as best we can.

Ongoing Issues: Reopening Date

We are constantly asked when the school will re-open and if we have more information from the Irish Government.  At this moment (Monday 23rd March 2020) we have not received any new information from the Irish authorities. We are not in a position to say exactly when we will be allowed to reopen. The Covid-19 situation is changing daily, it is likely that the initial two week closure will be extended past 29th March 2020.

Ongoing Issues: Digital learning Package 

We are now contacting the enrolled students affected by this closure order to give them access to a New Digital Learning Platform. The new learning platform is a self study and diagnostic system. If you are currently enrolled and were attending classes at Horner School, you will be contacted by our Director of Studies, to give you login access to this new online system. We are working on this now as I speak.

We will share more detailed information with you as these events unfold and as we receive further updates from the government.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.

The Horner School Team.

Irish Government directive to delay the spread of Covid-19 virus in Ireland.

An announcement was made this morning (Thursday 12th March 2020) by the Prime Minister of Ireland (The Taoiseach) about the closure of schools and colleges, for a period from 13th March to 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All schools & colleges, MUST remain closed during this period 13th March to 29th March 2020. This closure enforcement order also applies to all English Language Schools.

Horner School apologises to all students for the inconvenience and disruption which will be caused.

We are planning to reopen our school on Monday 30th March 2020.

During this closure our administration office can be contacted by email only – Please do not visit the school in person during the closure period.

Contact Details: Email to: admin@hornerschool.ie – Telephone 00353 1 6622911

All further news and updates relating to this closure will be posted on this page.