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Ireland Student Visa Requirements

Depending on where you are from, you may need a student permit to study in Ireland. If you are from the EU / EEA or Switzerland country, you do not need to get a visa. There are also some countries whose exempted citizens need visas, which are listed on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. If you are thinking about moving to Ireland to education, you may essential a student visa. We recommend that you look at your country's needs through INIS (Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service) and if you need a visa, ask your IDP adviser to help with the visa application process. You should apply for your Irish study visa as soon as possible, as it usually takes eight weeks or longer to process. You can apply up to three calendar months in advance.

Submit as part of my visa application:

You must submit the required documents, photo passport and fees for the relevant visa, to the appropriate offices. You may be asked to provide biometric information. We highly recommend that you ask your IDP advisor to guide you through the process, and ensure that everything is done correctly. If documentation is not a requirement, you run the risk of being denied your student visa.

Student visa checklist

  • Fresh passport-sized photo.

Passport that is valid at least one year.

  • Signed letter of application which clarifies why you require the student visa.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the university, college or school, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of permanent education.
  • Evidence that you have paid your tuition fees in full or, if they are more than 6,000 Euro, you must pay at minimum this amount to satisfy visa requirements.
  • Evidence that you have available private health insurance that meets the requirements of your student visa.
  • Evidence of Medium of Instruction. Mostly universities and colleges require IELTS of 6.5.
  • Evidence that you or your sponsor has sufficient reserves to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses.
  • Evidence of your grant, if you have been granted one.

Much is involved in the visa application process. Take away the pressure and get expert advice from an IDP advisor. We are here to help you with your visa application.

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