Ireland Student visa

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You can apply for a study visa if you are planning to come to Ireland to undertake a course of study for more than 3 months.

You are advised to familiarise yourself with the Policy on Non-EEA Nationals studying in Ireland and ensure that you fulfill the requirement of our policy before you make your visa application.

You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. Processing time may take up to 8 weeks from filing the application. You can bring spouse and kids with you.

If you are visiting another State prior to traveling to Ireland, you must have the relevant visa for that State in your passport before applying for an Irish visa.

International students in Ireland may be allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while doing a full-time course. Please check with the respective educational institution for more information.

The general application process is:

  1. Find a course in an approved educational institution of Ireland.

  2. Contact the university and initiate your application process.

  3. Find out the requirements from the university to get the acceptance/admission letter.

  4. Get the acceptance/registration letter from the university in Ireland.

  5. Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.

  6. Apply for a student visa online and prepare to move to Ireland.



3 months min.



120 Month(s)



114 (approx.)



60 Month(s)




Eligibility Requirements

9 Eligibility Requirements for Ireland Student visa

  • You must have a valid passport, min of 12 months of validity upon arrival at Ireland.
  • You must submit a letter explaining the reason of this visa and your undertaking of following all conditions for it.
  • You must obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the institute you get enrolled at.
  • You must have the evidence of the payment of tuition fees of the course.
  • You should have the required educational documents to show in your application.
  • You must show evidence of your English language to prove that you are eligible in taking part in the course which will be in English.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of funds to sustain your stay in Ireland.
  • You must have a private medical insurance. Check with your college for arranging purposes.
  • You must have details on previous visa refusals (if any).

Document Requirements

12 Document Required for Ireland Student visa

  • Application form, completed and signed.
  • Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old.
  • Your current passport, at least 12 months valid after arrival in Ireland and a full copy of all previous passports.
  • A signed letter of application including your full contact details, reason to come to Ireland and undertaking that you will abide by the conditions of the visa.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the college.
  • Educational documents and evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history.
  • Copy of an Electronic Transfer of Funds (ETF) to the Irish Bank of the college, showing details of the beneficiary's name, address, bank details and the same details for sender; or, a valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fees payment service e.g. the electronic fee payment service offered by Pay to Study.
  • Evidence that you have the ability to follow your chosen course e.g. exam results, qualifications.
  • Evidence that you have the capacity to fully partake in your chosen course through the medium of English and satisfy the Visa Officer in this regard.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment.
  • Private Medical Insurance (you may check with your college regarding this).
  • Details of previous visa refusals (if any).

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