How to Obtain a Student Visa in Ireland?


Ireland is an outstanding country for higher education. In fact, in its various universities and institutes, Ireland offers students a variety of courses and specialties. Therefore, one of the first steps to being able to study in Ireland is to obtain an Irish student visa. We will explain how to do this.

Student visa application procedure

You will require a student visa if your country of origin is not in the European Union.

You can obtain a student visa online through the Irish Immigration Services website. All applicants must go through this site.

The application for your visa will only be processed if you complete the registration phase via the website. You will also need to submit the necessary registration documents, including a copy of your passport and the registration fee to the visa office in Ireland.

When you complete the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the online form. The summary form will tell you where to submit the necessary documents for registration.

If you are planning to study in Ireland for a period of no more than three months, you should apply for a “C student visa“. If you are planning to study for more than three months, you should apply for a “D student visa“.

Required documents

You are required to provide the following documents when applying for a student visa:

  • Letter of acceptance from a university, college, or educational institution in Ireland confirming that you have been accepted to study in one of its programs. This must be a full degree program.
  •  A certificate of proficiency in English, which is the language of instruction at various higher education institutions in Ireland.
  •  You must provide proof that you have paid your tuition.
  •  A document proving your financial ability to pay for your studies. You will need more than €7,000 as an initial amount in the first phase of the study.
  • Proof that you – or a person you have designated – have at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies. In addition to the course fees for each of these years.
  •  A document proving that you have health insurance.
  • An agreement stating your intention to return to your home country after you have completed your studies in Ireland.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Two new passport photos with the same standards as those required for passports.

Processing time for student visa applications in Ireland.

The processing time before you receive a decision on your student visa is usually 8 weeks. However, it may vary depending on the country and the visa office, embassy, or consulate where you apply. To find out the processing time and status of your application, you should check the website of the office processing your application.

In addition, there may be times when your visa application takes longer. In this case, you may not have submitted all the necessary supporting documents. The consulate or embassy may also need to verify your supporting documents further.

People with special personal circumstances may also experience longer processing times. Finally, if your visa is rejected, you have the option of appealing within two months of the decision.

Cost of a student visa

The processing fee for a visa varies from €25 to a maximum of €100. For a single-entry visa, the processing fee is €60, while for a multiple-entry visa it is €100. In addition, the €25 applies for a transit visa.

Also, keep in mind that fees for Irish study visas vary by country. In some cases, you will also have to pay an additional fee, depending on the embassy or consulate that processes your application.

Finally, some countries are exempt from visa fees. In other words, you do not have to pay the fee if you are from Bosnia, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Morocco, Northern Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.

Duration of validity of a student visa in Ireland

The duration of stay, if you are granted a short stay visa (C visa), will be a maximum of 90 days. If you have been issued a long-term visa (D visa), you must apply for a residence permit within 90 days of your arrival in Ireland. Your residence permit card will usually show the expiry date of your stay in Ireland.

In addition, you must renew your residence permit every year or twice a year, for a maximum of 7 to 8 years. The visa extension you can get depends on the level of study you are pursuing and the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ).

In simple terms, NFQ level 8 corresponds to obtaining an honors bachelor’s degree and above. In this situation, you can extend your residency each year for up to 7 years.

In addition, level 9 refers to postgraduate and master’s degrees. In this situation, you will have to renew your residence permit every 2 years for a maximum of 8 years.