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Thread: Government's mean spirited treatment of applications for citizenship and visas

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    Default Government's mean spirited treatment of applications for citizenship and visas

    On Newstalk Radio's Global Village today,a solicitor who specialises in immigration said that applications for citizenship can take as long as four years to process and that applications have been turned down for trivial driving offences,disrupting the entire lives of the applicants.

    As well,the government seems to regard student visas as a nice little earner,charging hundreds of euros for too frequent renewals according to an acquaintance who teaches ESL,English as a second language. Those fees amount to more than a month's wages in the home countries of many students,a point that wouldn't occur to our overpaid civil servants and politicians.

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    and?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patslatt View Post
    On Newstalk Radio's Global Village today,a solicitor who specialises in immigration said that applications for citizenship can take as long as four years to process and that applications have been turned down for trivial driving offences,disrupting the entire lives of the applicants.

    As well,the government seems to regard student visas as a nice little earner,charging hundreds of euros for too frequent renewals according to an acquaintance who teaches ESL,English as a second language. Those fees amount to more than a month's wages in the home countries of many students,a point that wouldn't occur to our overpaid civil servants and politicians.
    Why do you think student visas are issued? It is to bring in revenue, if you're worried about educating the poor in the 3rd world, join the missions

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat View Post
    Why do you think student visas are issued? It is to bring in revenue, if you're worried about educating the poor in the 3rd world, join the missions
    They are issued as proof of the right to study here. A charge to cover admin costs would be tolerable but not the shameless price gouging of many poor third world students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patslatt View Post
    On Newstalk Radio's Global Village today,a solicitor who specialises in immigration said that applications for citizenship can take as long as four years to process and that applications have been turned down for trivial driving offences,disrupting the entire lives of the applicants.

    As well,the government seems to regard student visas as a nice little earner,charging hundreds of euros for too frequent renewals according to an acquaintance who teaches ESL,English as a second language. Those fees amount to more than a month's wages in the home countries of many students,a point that wouldn't occur to our overpaid civil servants and politicians.
    Sounds out of date. I know from personal experience that the waiting time is under a year now.

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    They voluntarily chose to come to Ireland. Let them abide by the rules. If they don't like the system they can clear off.

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    As well,the government seems to regard student visas as a nice little earner,charging hundreds of euros for too frequent renewals according to an acquaintance who teaches ESL,English as a second language. Those fees amount to more than a month's wages in the home countries of many students,a point that wouldn't occur to our overpaid civil servants and politicians.
    Given that university tuition fees for non-EU residents are at least 15000 a year, I would imagine that any non-EU citizen who comes to Ireland as a full-time student either comes from a wealthy family or is being sponsored by their own government. It's highly unlikely that someone on an average wage in a third world country would be able to afford to send their son or daughter to study abroad in the first place, unless they're on a scholarship.

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    Why should foreigners not get shoddy treatment and be overcharged just like Irish citizens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by patslatt View Post
    On Newstalk Radio's Global Village today,a solicitor who specialises in immigration said that applications for citizenship can take as long as four years to process and that applications have been turned down for trivial driving offences,disrupting the entire lives of the applicants.

    As well,the government seems to regard student visas as a nice little earner,charging hundreds of euros for too frequent renewals according to an acquaintance who teaches ESL,English as a second language. Those fees amount to more than a month's wages in the home countries of many students,a point that wouldn't occur to our overpaid civil servants and politicians.
    If racism is ever obliterated that's one programme that will be out of production. Its sole task appears to be to scour Irish society for the merest hint of the 'r' word. It's very tiresome.
    But I laughed when I heard the presenter refer to 'us', meaning immigrants. If there's an us there must be a them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Pat View Post
    They voluntarily chose to come to Ireland. Let them abide by the rules. If they don't like the system they can clear off.
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