student visa requirements for ireland
You need a visa to study in Ireland.
For the most part, you will need a visa to study in Ireland.
Citizens of EU countries are allowed to enter and travel freely in Ireland without needing a visa. They can remain here for up to three months unless they intend to take up long-term employment or study. Those who intend to stay longer than three months must register with immigration officials after their arrival or before the expiry of their first three months’ residence, whichever period is the shorter.
Non-EU students do need a visa, and cannot apply for one once inside Ireland.
You should apply at least 2 months before you travel.
The immigration service’s website says, “You should apply for your visa as early as possible, at least 8 weeks before you intend to travel. In some circumstances it may take up to 3 months or more.”
You can find out how long it takes to process a student visa on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.
There is no one form for the entry visa.
You should check to see if you need a visa to enter Ireland. You can get a visa from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. In some cases, it is possible to apply online.
If you are applying for an entry visa, you will have to provide documents in support of your application. This can include proof that you have enough money to support yourself in Ireland, details of your accommodation here, and proof that you are registered with a university or other third-level institution. You may also have to attend an interview before your visa is granted.
If you are attending a short course at an Irish college, you may use the short stay visas (C or D) for this purpose and do not need a separate student visa
You must have health insurance.
You must have health insurance for the duration of your stay in Ireland. If you’re from a European Union country and already have social insurance, that’s sufficient—just remember to get an EHIC card.
But if you don’t have health insurance, there are two main ways to get it: either through an Irish insurer or through your home country. If you go with a domestic provider, make sure they include pre-existing medical conditions and cover you for at least €7,500 worth of expenses per year.
If you’d like to purchase coverage in Ireland instead, take note that this must be done before coming over: many providers won’t cover international visitors until they’ve been living in the country for at least six months.
In any case, once you’re here and have purchased coverage, keep all the paperwork on hand so that you can show it when applying for a visa extension or residency permit.
You can work while studying in Ireland.
You may work up to 20 hours of paid employment per week during the academic year and full time during holidays. Before beginning any form of employment, you must obtain permission from the INIS.
If you are pursuing a PhD, you can work part time for the first 9 months of your course and then full time for the remainder of your stay.
A visa allows you to stay in Ireland for the duration of your course and up to 6 months after you complete it.
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You need to plan ahead to get a student visa to go to Ireland
When getting a student visa to go to Ireland, it’s important you plan ahead. If you don’t plan out your date of entry, your length of stay and other details in advance, you may be delayed in starting your program.
It takes eight weeks from the time you submit your application for your student visa application to be processed. You can start applying for a visa up to six months before the first day of your program.