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Ireland has over the years become a popular study destination among international students. The government has pumped in large investments in its higher education institutions making the state-of-art-institutes robust for higher studies. The language of instruction used in the universities is English and international students can benefit from the comparatively lesser tuition costs and living expenses as compared to the United Kingdom.

International students wanting to study in Ireland and belonging to non-European countries would be required to apply for an Irish Student Visa. Only after being accepted by the Irish university, can a student apply for the Ireland study (student) visa, as their acceptance letter would be required during the visa application process. So Indian students, need to acquire a student visa to enter Ireland for the purpose of education. Read on to understand the entire process of applying for an Irish student visa.

                                                                                             Types of Ireland Student Visa

Visit the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service to find out details about the Irish student visa and make your online application by visiting the AVATS Online Application Facility. Broadly speaking, students can apply for the ‘C Study Visa’ or ‘D Study Visa.’

  • Ireland ‘C Study Visa’ - is for study programs/courses that are for a total duration of three months or less. It is highly unlikely that candidates would be allowed to extend this type of visa, hence, they should apply for a visa that covers their entire duration of stay in a foreign country.

  • Ireland ‘D Study Visa’ - is for study programs/courses that stretch longer than three months.

                                                                                              Ireland Visa Fee and Charges

Candidates looking to apply for a long stay D Study Visa in Ireland would be required to pay €60 for a single entry valid for 90 days and €100 for long-stay D Visa multiple entries. The visa charges are the same for the short stay C Visa.

                                                                                             Applying for your Ireland Student Visa

Here are the application guidelines for your Ireland Study Visa:

  • You can apply for an Ireland Study Visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa.

  • As mentioned earlier, candidates would be required to visit the official website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service to complete their online student visa application.

  • Visa applicants would be required to complete the online application form, submit supporting documents, and follow instructions on the summary application form generated by the system. The summary application sheet will also contain your application transaction number. This is important, as you will need it later.

  • The summary application sheet will tell you whether you are required to be present at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) for providing your biometric information and to submit your documents.

  • Candidates would be then required to pay the Ireland Visa Application fee.

  • Once you have completed the payment and appointment booking process, the payment receipt and an appointment confirmation receipt will be sent to your email address. You must print the receipts and bring them with you to your appointment.

Note: Applicants should refrain from providing false or misleading information, as this would lead to the immediate termination of your visa application. In certain cases, the candidate could be banned from appealing to the visa decision for a period of 5 years.

                                                                Documents required for an Ireland Study Visa

Applicants would be required to bring the following documents with them to the visa center. These include: 

  • Two colour passport-sized photographs not more than 6 months old (refer to the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service  for photograph specifications)

  • Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports

  • A signed letter of application including your full contact details

  • Evidence that you are enrolled on a privately funded course

  • Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history

  • Evidence fees have been paid to the college

  • Evidence that you have the academic ability to follow your chosen course

  • Evidence of your level of English (often in the form of a TOEFL or IELTS or PTE test score)

  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland which includes, applicants must show evidence that they have immediate access to at least €7,000. This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year. They must also demonstrate that they and/or their sponsor(s) have ready access to at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of their studies in addition to course fees for each of those years. If the duration of the course is less than 6 months then the applicant must have access to €500 per month of their stay or €3000 whichever is the lesser.

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Previous Visa Refusals

  • An agreement stating that the candidate intends to return to their home country upon finishing their course in Ireland.

Additional documentation for unaccompanied students under 18 years

  • Birth certificate

  • Consent of parent /legal guardian

  • Accommodation and vetting certificate

  • No entitlement on the part of other family members to accompany or join the student in the State

                                                              Ireland Student Visa Important Updates

All supporting documents must be original documents and in English, or accompanied by a notarized translation. The supporting documents that you submit are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances


                                                                         Missing documents or copies

The visa application center will not accept your application if you are missing one or more of the documents listed above. In such an event, the visa application center will highlight the missing documents to you and will give you the opportunity to provide the missing documents the same day. If you choose not to do so you can reschedule your appointment or cancel your application.

If your application is missing documents, other than documents listed above i.e. common supporting documents, the visa application center will highlight the missing documents to you before accepting your supporting documents and will give you the opportunity to:

  • Provide the missing documents the same day before progressing your application,

  • Proceed with your application on the condition that you sign a confirmation that the omission was highlighted to you by the visa application center,

  • Reschedule or cancel your appointment

If you are missing copies of original documents, the visa application center will highlight this to you and give you the opportunity to provide the missing copies the same day. You will have the option of using the photocopying services available within the visa application center at an additional cost or getting the photocopies done from elsewhere. Alternatively, you can reschedule or cancel your appointment.

                                                                                                   Attend your appointment

These are important to remember on your Ireland Student Visa application appointment date 

  • On the day of your appointment, plan to arrive 15 minutes early at the visa application center.

  • Bring your documents with you.

  • When you arrive at the visa application center you will collect a token. Wait until your token is called to make your application.

  • Once the visa filing process is completed you will be issued with an acknowledgment receipt.

                                                                                          Ireland Student Visa Processing Time

The Ireland Student Visa processing time is variable, depending on the country you submit your application. Usually, the applicant would get an answer in between four to eight weeks from the date on which his application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate.

                                                                                  Choose how you want to collect your documents

Choose whether you would prefer to collect your documents in person at the visa application center or have them delivered to you by post.

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