Visas & Immigration for Students Studying in Ireland
Upon confirming your intent to enroll in the Dual BA Program, students who do not hold citizenship in a European Union member country may be required to apply for a student visa.
Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?
Your nationality determines whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland.
EU/EAA and Switzerland
EU/EAA and Swiss students do not require a visa to study in Ireland. If you are unsure about whether you are an EU/EAA national, see here for a list of all EU/EAA countries.
The majority of non-EU/EAA students require a visa before entry to Ireland. To check to see whether you require a visa, please see here. Please see the INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) list of countries that require a visa before entry to Ireland.
If your country is not listed, then you do not require a visa to enter Ireland.
APPLYING FOR A VISA
An online Irish visa application facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants from visa-required countries. Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to begin the application process.
INIS has provided a guide to help complete the application form and it is available in seven languages here.
What documents will be required to support my visa application?
You should refer to the full INIS guidelines relevant to your type of study. The following information summarises some of the key requirements:
- A letter of acceptance from Trinity confirming that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study
- Evidence of tuition fees paid. Where the course fees are less than €6,000, fees must be paid in full to the college. Where the course fees are in excess of €6,000, you must pay at least this amount prior to applying for your visa.
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. As a student you will not have recourse to State funds and the Irish government requires that you be able to show that you - or your sponsor - have immediate access to at least EUR 7,000, the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year - for each year of your course.
- Evidence of private medical insurance. See here for information on health insurance providers.
- A passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your course.
- Show evidence of language proficiency. INIS requires IELTS 5.0 for student visa applications but Trinity generally requires IELTS of 6.5 so it is advisable to check the exact requirements for your course
- Any other documents required by INIS or the Irish Embassy through which you are applying
Ensure that you keep copies and a record of all documents submitted. After completing the online application, you will be asked to print out a summary sheet, so make sure you have access to a printer. The summary sheet will also have details about the relevant Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office to which you will be submitting your application, in addition to information on fees and the supporting documentation required from applicants.
Note: Completing the online application form is the first step in the process. The application will only be processed when the online form is completed AND the required documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant offices indicated by the on-line system. Please pay careful attention when completing your application as failure to complete your form accurately or provide required supporting documentation may result in your visa being delayed or refused.
Tracking Your Visa Application Status
If you are required to get a visa to study in Ireland during years one and two of the Dual BA Program, you must begin the visa process by May 15, 2019, and visa interviews must take place at their local consulates no later than July 15, 2019.
It is advisable to apply as early as possible for your visa as it can take up to 8 weeks for visas to be processed in the offices in Abuja, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, London, Moscow or New Delhi. Visa applications processed through the Dublin office can take up to 12 weeks particularly during busy periods.
- You can track the progress of your visa application online here
- If you get approval for a visa, the Embassy to which you sent your documents will add the visa to your passport
For general visa advice or queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at email@example.com Please include your visa application number, your country of origin and the course you are accepted to in the content of your email.
Immigration Procedures After you Arrive in Ireland
When you arrive in Ireland, an immigration officer at the airport will review your passport and paperwork. Please make sure to bring all documents you have received from Trinity e.g. offer letter, evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship details or US Financial Aid if applicable, evidence of private medical health insurance, accommodation details, etc.) so that you can show a complete record to the immigration officer as they can refuse entry if they are not satisfied with your paperwork or answers to their questions.
On approval, you will get a temporary immigration permission (for either one or three months) stamped into your passport.
This means you must register with the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) within the time frame stamped on the passport. Further details on the registration process are below.
Registration with Irish Naturalization and Immigration Services (INIS) after arrival for non-EU/EEA nationals.
ALL non-EU/EEA students, after they have registered with Trinity, must register with INIS in order to obtain a permission to remain. INIS registration must take place before the expiry date stamped on their passport by immigration officials at the airport. This also includes countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, which though they do not require a visa to enter Ireland, are required to register with INIS after arrival.
In order to complete immigration registration with INIS, you must go in person to INIS at the Burgh Quay Registration Office, just 10 min walk away from the Front Square of Trinity. Full information is available here.
Steps to register:
- Make an appointment online at https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie:
- Appointments are posted at 10am on weekdays, nine weeks in advance on a continuous basis
- Cancellations and extra appointments are added daily at 2.30pm, so check regularly if all the appointments are full.
- You will receive a confirmation email, which will have a link to the list of documents you must bring. Print your appointment confirmation email
- Gather all required documentation:
- A current valid passport
- A college letter stating that you are a registered student and that all your fees are paid. This can be obtained from the Academic Registry (AR) which takes 2-5 working days to process. (The letter must not be dated more than 7 days away from your appointment date.)
- An Irish bank account statement with a balance of more than €3,000 (If your stay in Ireland is less than 6 months, €500 per month must be shown)
- Proof of private health insurance with accompanying policy document that shows coverage in Ireland
- Go to your appointment, no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your time slot
- Present your printed ‘appointment confirmation email’ to the check-in desk
- You will go through the registration process (approximately 90 minutes) which involves providing your documentation, fingerprints, and getting your photograph taken. The registration fee costs €300 (paid by card only)
- Receive your IRP Card
Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay,
Ph: +353 1 666 9130/01
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00am – 9.00pm Friday: 8.00am – 6.00pm
For immigration registration queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at firstname.lastname@example.org.