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Saturday 20 January 2018

Students lose €85,000 as college closes doors

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

STUDENTS from India, Pakistan and Nepal could be out of pocket by €85,000 after an Irish college for overseas students shut its doors.

Cork International College (CIC) ceased trading last year -- but it is thought 17 students who had each paid €5,000 deposits have been unable to secure their return.

In some cases, the students were not able to get their deposits back despite being denied visas to enter the country. One student, Vikram Paul Singh, told the Irish Independent that he -- along with several other students -- lodged formal complaints with the gardai and government departments.

He was refused a visa to travel to Ireland in 2010 -- but a number of other students were refused their visas in 2011.

Gardai have since decided the matter is strictly a civil issue between the students and CIC.

Government officials have also ruled out refunding students their deposits on the basis they had been refused visas to travel to Ireland.

That ruling came after officers met the CIC backers and their solicitor in February and April this year.

In correspondence -- seen by the Irish Independent -- the investors said CIC's cessation of trading had cost them a substantial amount of money and it was not now in a position to return deposits.

Irish Independent

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