- 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 applicationHere is a summary of some of the key requirements (the full list of requirements can be found here):
- You must provide a letter of acceptance from a school, college or university which has courses on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)
- 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.
- 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 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.
If you are living outside of Dublin, you will register with your local Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
- 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.