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Irish student visas may be granted for the duration of the student's course in Ireland although it is important to ensure that you apply for the right type of study visa. In Ireland, study visas are issued in two categories, the 'C visa', and the 'D visa'. The former is designed for those who will be studying in Ireland on a very short-term course of less than three months; the latter is for those who need to study in Ireland for three months or more.
Study visas are not intended as a route to living and working in Ireland per se, however, they do permit the applicant to engage in a limited amount of work in Ireland to supplement their income. Students may work part time in Ireland for a maximum of 20 hours per week. However, visa applicants will be expected to be able to support themselves and any dependents during their time in Ireland and this must not be based upon the ability to work once they arrive in Ireland.
One of the key benefits of an Irish study visa is that students graduating from Irish institutions may be able to participate in the graduate program. The graduate scheme applies to all students who successfully obtain a tertiary qualification from an Irish institution and allows the candidate to remain in Ireland for an additional six months during which time they may seek full time employment. If a candidate secures a position of employment they may be able to remain in Ireland through an Irish work permit or by making a green card application.
Student Supplementary Form
The latest version of this questionnaire is always on the Study In Ireland Site. You must fill out all sections and state “not applicable” to any section that does not apply to you. You must provide details of your parent’s income, employment status and details of their finances even if they are not your sponsors. Insert this information at part 16 as sponsor 1. Failure to fully complete the student questionnaire will result in an application being returned or refused as incomplete.
Submission of Documentation
All required documentation listed on our website. To view all required documentation click here. All documents must be submitted with the application. The Visa Office will NOT contact students for missing documents.
Application Filing Timeline
Visa applications can be lodged up to 4 months prior to proposed course start date. Students should apply at least 8 weeks prior to the proposed course date so the VISA OFFICE can issue a study visa 3 weeks before the proposed course start date. Applications lodged 3 weeks or less before the proposed start date may be returned without processing or refused.
If visa is refused within the processing times, there is no guarantee that appeal will be processed in time for the mentioned course date. Therefore, application should be filed well in time and not just 3-4 weeks before the course start date, as appeal for such refusal might not be dealt in due time of the course.
Please log into https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/india/visas/applying-for-irish-visa/ for any queries pertaining to Visa applications.
Visa Status Update
Please log into https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/india/visas/applying-for-irish-visa/ for Visa status update.
Under this scheme, applicants for a study visa from India, who have been accepted on to an approved course (the educational institution can advise if the course is approved), can apply for a study visa without having final results.
The AIP scheme will only operate for students who are attending universities in India and are awaiting to receive their results in late July/Early August. You must provide a letter from your university confirming this.
The length of time needed to process a visa varies from country to country. Applicants should note that visa applications can take time to be processed and that this time period can vary from a few weeks to, in some cases, six months. The average processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks.
The applicant must provide evidences of deposits, registration, tuition fees already paid and evidence of source of funds used to pay them.
The applicant must provide evidence of access to sufficient funds to cover full tuition fees and cost of living in Ireland during the course of study. The source of funds must be accounted for.
For FD’s or similar products if shown as fund, the source of funds used to purchase/ invest must be disclosed.
Most of the refusal cases happen due to inadequate evidence to demonstrate access to sufficient funds required or the source of funds already used.
Anyone offering material support to the applicant must be considered as the sponsor and must be included in the supplementary form.
The details of sponsors include ITR/Salary slips, Savings (Bank Statements), ID Proof, Employment status, address proof and original copies of FD and other similar savings must be demonstrated.
The main condition for a visa to be granted is that the applicant must have paid at least 6000 Euros as tuition fees with evidence that there are sufficient finances to cover remaining fees. Study Bonds and Pay to Study are acceptable as long as the source of funds to repay them is accounted for.
Documents for loans must be adequately demonstrated like sale of an asset (House/Land) if is the source of fund.
Any guarantor on the loan must be treated as the sponsor and their details must be added in the supplementary form.
The principle amount of the loan must be consistent with the availability to be repaid based on the existing income levels. Future income levels cannot be considered for the availability to repay the loan.
If your study visa application is refused, you have the right to a visa appeal. If you wish to proceed with a visa appeal, and if the college considers it feasible, it will write this appeal for you and submit it directly to the Department of Justice. A visa appeal generally takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
Right of Appeal
Will I get a refund of fees if my visa is refused?
If your visa is refused you will receive a full refund of fees. No part of your fee will be retained. To apply for your refund you should post a copy of your visa refusal letter to the respective college. Upon receipt of this your refund will be raised, and this will take approximately 4 weaks to process.
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(Students from Hong Kong should consult the Irish Naturalization and Immigration website for full details)
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected completion of your studies in Ireland.
If you hold any previous passport, you should also submit this with your application.
While applying for a visa you must provide a copy of valid passport and a copy of every page must be submitted.
You have been granted a Study Visa on the basis that you will attend school/college to partake in a course which involves at least 15 hours of organised daytime tuition each week.
It will be necessary for you to show evidence of your attendance record to the Garda National Immigration Bureau when seeking to have your permission to remain in the State extended.
If you do not show a satisfactory attendance rate at your course you will not be entitled to remain in the State. It is expected that students will be able to demonstrate an attendance rate of 80% or higher at their chosen course of study to which the visa relates.
You are responsible for renewing your GNIB registration card each time it expires. It will usually expire at the end of your academic year, and must be renewed for the coming academic year of your course. To renew your GNIB registration card, you will need a letter from your University with details of your course and your course attendance over the past year.
Note that if your attendance is low, you may not be given permission to stay for the next year of your course.
If you intend on staying in Ireland for more than 90 days, it is a requirement that you register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) either at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, or the Immigration Officer in area in which you are residing. There is a charge of €300 each time you register.
Extensions of your permission to remain in the State to pursue your studies will only be granted if the Immigration Officer is satisfied with matters such as your level of attendance at your course, evidence of your accommodation, finances and medical insurance.
Permission to remain in the State is not usually granted for a period of more than a total of 18 months unless the student is attending a full time course of at least one year’s duration leading to qualifications recognised by the Minister for Education and Science.
All Non-EU students who are coming to Ireland to study for more than 90 days have to, by law, register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). (The Garda Síochána is Ireland's police force).
For registration as a student on a degree programme you must:
Note: The students who require Visa must show they have access to €7,000 before they may be issued with a visa. Such students from April 1st 2011 must have access to €3,000 at first registration at the Garda National Immigration Bureau Office, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.
The registration is valid for one year and must be renewed each year, up to a maximum of three years. Successful candidates are provided with a certificate of registration allowing them to study here.
Each time a student register, there is a charge of €300.
Do I need another visa if I want to travel to another country for a weekend/holiday?
Your study visa only allows you to enter and leave the country once. If you wish to leave for a short period (including travel to Northern Ireland), you must apply for a re-entry visa before you make your travel plans. You can apply for your re-entry visa by post.
Can I stay in Ireland after I complete my studies to seek employment?
Non-EU/EEA students completing advanced degrees in Ireland may now stay for up to 24 months in order to seek employment and/or apply for a further work permit or green card.
This new provision applies to students completing masters or doctoral qualifications granted by a recognised Irish awarding body.
It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit.
The permission the student will have will remain that of student.
The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non renewable.
A student can only avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme once.
Once a student has availed of the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme they are not permitted to re-enter full time education and to be registered as a student at the end of this period.
Third Level Graduate Programme
The Irish government has extended the period during which foreign graduates of masters and doctoral programmes may remain and work in the country after their studies. Under Ireland’s Third Level Graduate Scheme, international students completing advanced degrees may stay in Ireland to seek employment, work for up to 40 hours per week, and/or apply for a further work permit or green card.
Persons qualifying for qualifying for graduate immigration permission of up to 12 months and 24 months.
Graduates with an award of level 8 of National Framework of Qualifications will be granted a twelve month permission to a maximum of seven years’ student permission overall ,which means (time spent on Stamp 2 as a student and on Stamp 1G under this programme cannot exceed an aggregate time of seven years in total).
Graduates with an award of level 9 of National Framework of Qualifications will be granted a twenty four months permission to a maximum of eight years’ student permission overall ,which means (time spent on Stamp 2 as a student and on Stamp 1G under this programme cannot exceed an aggregate time of eight years in total).
Is it easy to get PR in Ireland?
Permanent Residency in Ireland. Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. This includes General Employment Permit holders.
Post Study Pathways are not available to Language and Non Degree Programme Students
The students who wish to avail Third Level Graduate Programme please log into http://inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Student%20Pathway for all details pertaining to the same.
One Year Permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission
To be eligible for a one year permission under the third level graduate scheme a student is required to have studied in Ireland and completed a qualification at Level NFQ 8-10, an award granted by a recognised Irish awarding body (overseas accreditation will not be accepted), i.e.
Six Month Permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme
A six month permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is available to students who have graduated a course at Level 7 of the NFQ.
Once you arrive at the school you will need to carry out the following steps:
Students who intend staying in Ireland for more than 90 days are required to register with GNIB. In addition to course fees, the student must have access to €3,OOO at first registration with GNIB or where Non-EEA Students are studying for a period of less than 6 months they must have access to €5OO per month of stay or €3,000, whichever is the lesser.