Ireland Student Visa

Ireland offers quality education, an extensive choice of courses, and a wide range of work opportunities, making it a top choice for international students. All Non-Europeans (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) applicants must apply for a visa to study in Ireland. In 2019. the global acceptance rate of visas in Ireland was 89.6%. There are different Study Visas a student might need to pursue education in the country. All non-EU/EEA applicants also need to register with the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) for a long-term stay in the country.

Students use short-stay visas to undertake an exam, attend an internship, or attend a training course in Ireland. Under this visa, students cannot do any paid or unpaid work in Ireland.

A long-term study visa is for students who are offered a slot in a full-time course at a college or university in Ireland. The condition being, the course must be on the list of the following programs:

  • English-Language Programme
  • Programs of higher education ranging from level 6 to 10 
  • Professional Awards
  • Foundation Programmes

The two types of student visas are:  

Type of Visa Study Duration
  ‘C’ Study Visa Less than 3 months.
’ D’ Study Visa More than 3 months.

Documents Required for an Irish Student Visa

Before starting the visa application process, the students must check whether the course has approval from Quality and Qualifications Ireland. To get an Ireland study visa, students require the documents given below:  
  • Letter of Acceptance from a recognized Irish University or College
  • Signed Visa Application Form
  • Application Letter or SOP
  • A Valid Passport (which must be valid for 12 months after the arrival of the student in Ireland)
  • Previous Passports full copy
  • Two recent color passport-size photographs
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE Academic)
  • Evidence of Payment of Registration and Tuition Fees
  • Evidence of Sufficient Funds (€7,000) to support a stay in Ireland without the use of public funds or the need for part-time work
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
  • Biometric Information
  • A copy of all previous academic institutions' educational qualifications and exam results
  • Commitment to leave the country on the expiry of the visa
  • An explanation of the gaps in educational history (if any)
  • Additional requirements of the Irish university or college (if any).
  • If the documents are not in English, the students must provide full translations for the same.

Ireland Visa COVID Updates

Ireland no longer requires fully vaccinated travelers from India to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. All travelers arriving in the country must produce proof of Covid vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival into the country.

Cost of Irish Student Visa

For an Ireland Student Visa, the standard visa application processing fee is €60 for a Single-entry Visa, €100 for a Multi-entry Visa, and €25 for a Transit Visa.

Ireland Student Visa Application Process

  • Step 1: Complete the Online Visa Application

    • Visit the AVATS online application facility and fill in the visa application form by entering the details like name, nationality, the purpose of travel, educational qualifications, employment details (if applicable), etc.
    • The system will create a summary application form.
    • The applicant should print and sign the summary form.
    • Log on to the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) website and pay the visa application fee

  • Step 2: Schedule an Appointment

    • Make an appointment at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) to submit the biometric information.
    • The appointment at VAC must be within the next 30 days.
    • On the day of the appointment, visit the VAC office along with a signed summary application sheet and attested documents to provide the biometric information. 

  • Step 3: Required Documents

    The documents to carry on the day of the appointment are:

    • Signed Application Summary Sheet
    • A colored copy of the Original Documents 
    • Passports (new and old, if applicable)
    • Two passport-size photographs
    • A Police Clearance Certificate
    • Birth Certificate
    • Application Letter or SOP
    • Letter of Acceptance from the University/College
    • College Fee Receipt
    • Financial Details (bank statements, loan statements, etc.)
    • Medical Insurance
    • Evidence of English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) with attached results 
    • Previous Visa Refusals (if any)
    • Supporting Documents relevant to the visa category

  • Step 4: The Visa Interview

    Students applying for Irish Study Visas don’t need to attend mandatory visa interviews. However, the Visa Officer may request the applicants to an interview (if required). The office will consider each visa application on its own merits.

How can Mentora help you with Ireland Student Visa Applications?

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We provide end-to-end service from the very first step:

  • Career counseling
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  • Finding the Right University Program
  • Creating a Vigorous Profile
  • Document preparation
  • Application assistance
  • Visa Support
  • After departure services until course completion

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