Immigration and Visas

If you are thinking about coming to Ireland to study, you will need to know if you require a Student Visa or not. You will also need to know if you require a visa in order to travel to Ireland. 
  • If you are from a country which is part of the European Union (EU) or  the European Economic Area (EEA) & Switzerland, you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland.
  • If you are from a country which is not part of the EU, EEA & Switzerland, then you will need to check if you need a visa before travelling to Ireland.  
  • If you need a visa, you must apply for your visa before travelling to Ireland. You must register with immigration after you arrive to Ireland to be issued with your Student Visa.
  • If you do not need a visa to travel to Ireland, you will still need to register with immigration after you arrive to Ireland to be issued with your Student Visa.

 

Documents to support your Student Visa application

Here is a summary of some of the key requirements (the full list of requirements can be found here): NOTE: You need to check that the course you are interested in is on the ILEP. If you choose a course that is not on the ILEP your visa will be refused!
  • Evidence that you have paid the course fees (currently you an not expected to pay more than €6000 before your visa has been approved).
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. You will need to show that you or your sponsor have access to €7000 – the current estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year.
NOTE: You must explain where the money in your bank account has come from – personal savings, a loan, a sponsor etc.
  • Evidence of private medical insurance. Learn more 
  • A passport valid for at least 12 months after your proposed arrival date.

 

Registering with the Immigration Services

If you are not an EU/EEA/Swiss national and will be staying in Ireland to study for more than 90 days, you will need to register with the Irish immigration services.Here you will find useful information on how to register, and the requirements you will need to meet.
 
Immigration services in Ireland are managed by two government bodies; the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
 
DUBLIN
If you are living in Dublin you will register with the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) at Burgh Quay. To register you will need to make an appointment online at burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie.
 
It is recommended that you try to book your appointment in advance of your arrival in Ireland. On the day of your appointment, you will go to INIS’ office on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
 
OUTSIDE OF DUBLIN
If you are living outside of Dublin, you will register with your local Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
 
To register as a student and be issued with an Irish Residency Permit card, you will need to bring the following documentation:
  • Your passport.
  • An acceptance letter from your school / college confirming that you are a registered student and that you have paid your course fees.
  • Your student ID card, if applicable – a university or large college will provide you with one when you register as a full-time student; smaller schools and colleges may not issue student cards.
  • Your medical insurance policy.
  • Proof of finances if you did not require a visa to come to Ireland. Acceptable proofs include: an Irish bank statement showing that you have €3,000 or more in your bank account (or €500 per month for stays of less than 6 months); a foreign bank statement in your name showing access to equivalent funds; a pre-paid credit or debit card with a verification of the amount in credit. For more information, see INIS’ guidance notice
  • A €300 fee is also required. You must pay for this with a visa or debit card. Cash is not accepted.
  • Once you have registered, you will receive a stamp in your passport and your IRP card will posted to you. Immigration stamps and certificate of registration cards are issued for different lengths of time depending on the type of course being studied. 
 

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