In general, students are asked to supply the following information:
Level of English: You must show that you have the capacity to fully contribute in your chosen course through the medium of English and satisfy the Visa Officer in this regard.
Where the course fees are less than €6,000, fees must be paid in full to the college, prior to applying for your visa. Evidence of the amount paid should be included in your Letter of Acceptance from 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, and evidence of this should be shown in your Letter of Acceptance.
Every student should have full private medical insurance. Evidence of such insurance cover will be taken to be the Letter of Acceptance provided by the host school, college, university or other education institution. This Letter of Acceptance will contain details of the insurance cover taken out on behalf of each student by the host school, college, university or other educational institution on behalf of the student. Alternative evidence will be taken to be a Certificate of Private Insurance taken out by the student in his or her own country prior to travel.
Applicants should disclose details of family members who are already residing in Ireland or in other EU countries. For this purpose family members include first cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or grandparents. The granting of a student visa does not entitle you to have family members join you in Ireland.
Applicants must provide evidence that they have sufficient funds to support their stay in Ireland, including emergencies, without recourse to State funds. You must also demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
Bank statements which clearly identify the holder together with a translation and details of conversion rates at the approximate date of application are required.
Please note that although you may be permitted to work part-time in Ireland during your Studies, these potential earnings will not be taken into account while assessing your financial capabilities. If your studies were funded by a scholarship please provide details of the funding and a letter in support of this.
Note: The granting of a Student Visa does not entitle you to have any family members join you in Ireland.
The Visa Office
13-14 Burgh Quay
Tel: +353 1 4780822 (open from 14.30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday)
Fax: +353 1 4751201.
Notet: Apply for your visa well in advance and allow six to eight weeks for your application to be processed if you are applying from abroad. Student should select the nearest Irish Diplomatic Representation.