Residence permit in Ireland for non-EU students
- Apply online for your visa.
- Processing fee: Single Entry Visa, 60 EUR. Multiple Entry Visa: 100 EUR.
- Processing time: up to 2 months.
- Financial resources: 7000 EUR (at the time of applying for a visa). 3000 EUR (at the time of applying for a residence permit).
All non-EU students intending to study in Ireland must fulfill the requirements as listed below:
- You have been admitted to full time studies.
- You must be in possession of a letter of acceptance from your higher education institution in Ireland.
- You must have paid the fees to your higher education institution. If the tuition fees were below 6000 EUR, you must pay them in advance. If they were above 6000 EUR, you are required to pay this amount in advance.
If you intend to stay in Ireland for less than 3 months
Students from certain countries are required to apply for a visa to enter Ireland. Please, note that Ireland is not a member of the Schengen Area. Therefore, if you already hold a Schengen visa you will also have to apply for an Irish visa.
If you intend to stay in Ireland for more than 3 months
Upon your arrival in Ireland, you will have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
If you are residing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, you must register at the GNIB offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
For other regions, please visit the Garda website to find your local Immigration Officer.
When registering, you will be required to provide the documents as listed below:
- A valid passport and visa (if you were required to have a visa to enter Ireland). Please, make sure your passport is valid throughout the entire time you will be in Ireland.
- Your student card and certificate of attendance to full time studies issued by your higher education institution in Ireland.
- A health insurance coverage of a minimum of 25000 EUR. Your insurance should cover your hospitalization expenses in full.
- A proof of sufficient financial means or copy of your grant/scholarship stating you can support yourself financially throughout your time as a student in Ireland. At registration, you will be required to prove you have access to EUR 3000.
The cost of the registration to obtain your student residence permit in Ireland is 300 EUR.
The Irish Garda will issue a GNIB card containing your personal details, photo and expiry date. You will have to keep it with you at all times.
Please, make sure you visit the INIS (Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service) to learn more about requirements to enter and stay in Ireland.
Residence permit in Ireland for EU students
- EU students may reside in Ireland without applying for a residence permit.
- Make sure you have your European Health Insurance Card.
EU students don't need to apply for a residence permit to stay in Ireland. If you wish to register your residence in Ireland, you may do so at the embassy of your EU state in Ireland.