Visa Process for Ireland

Students from within the EU, EEA or Switzerland do not need a visa to study in Ireland. There are also a number of other countries whose citizens do not need a visa – a full list is provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Students from countries exempt from visas should bring proof of acceptance onto a course when entering the country, and register with immigration authorities if intending to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days. Those who need to apply for a visa should do so online, via the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service. The process requires students to submit:

  • A letter of acceptance onto a course offered by a recognized institution
  • Evidence that fees have been paid (though not more than $7,000 before the visa is issued)
  • Evidence of medical insurance
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expenses – currently set at a minimum of $7,000 per year
  • Passport which is valid for at least six months after the course will end

Extending a student visa for Ireland The local immigration officer in your area (Garda National Immigration Bureau if in Dublin) can advise you on any application forms you will need to complete to extend your student visa. Your application to extend your visa should contain the following information:

  • Details of and proof of payment of course/study fees
  • Details of the course of study
  • Information on where you will live
  • Evidence that you are self-sufficient
  • Copy of your passport with your original study visa
  • Visa reference number and your nationality
  • Details of attendance if this is a further education course.

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