Services for Students
Contact the Irish Embassy or consulate in your home country to find out if you require a visa to study in Ireland, as not all international students need a study visa. For example United States of America and Canadian passport-holders do not need visas.
If you do require a visa, the Irish Embassy or consulate will supply you with a visa application form. To find your nearest Irish embassy, please click here:
Along with your completed visa application form, you will need an official letter of acceptance offering you a place on a recognised course in an Irish University, Institute of Technology or approved Private College. The following documents must also be submitted with an application for a Study Visa:
Please be aware that an application fee of Euros 25, 60 or 100 will be required depending on your country of origin.
If there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country, you may apply directly, requesting an Irish Study Visa Application Form, by post to:
The VISA OFFICE
Telephone +353 1 633 10000
The Application Process for a student visa may take between 8 to 12 weeks or longer, so make sure you allow sufficient time for the process.
When you apply for an Irish Study Visa, you will receive a Reference Number, which you will need for any future queries regarding your visa application.
For more information from the Department of Foreign Affairs, please visit: www.irlgov.ie/iveagh/services/visas
For more information about student visa requirements:
After you arrive
All visiting students (including those who dont require visas) are required to register with immigration shortly after arriving in Ireland.
You may be required to report to the Garda National Immigration Bureau. However, this procedure takes place in some universities at the beginning of the academic year so it is a good idea to enquire at the university that you will be attending before you arrive
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