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Immigration - Frequently Asked Questions

Accepted Students

1. I’ve been offered a place on a course at Trinity College and have to apply for a Study Visa. Can I still send in my visa application?

If you have yet to apply for a visa and intend on joining a course at Trinity this year, please contact your regional manager immediately. You can find their contact details from this page, by using the “choose your country/region” button.

2. I’ve applied for and been granted my study visa for Ireland, but due to travel restrictions, I’m unable to travel and my entry visa will expire soon. Can my entry visa be extended, or will I have to submit a new visa application?

Students will have to submit a new visa application. Depending on the period of time that has passed and the circumstances of the particular case, the Visa Office may consider waiving the fee for the later application.

3. I’m an incoming student and planning to arrive between September and January/February depending on travel restrictions. Will my visa be granted at any point I decide to arrive?

When making a visa application, students should endeavour to indicate when they are intending to travel. Where students state that they will be doing all of Semester 1 on-line and will be coming into the State to commence Semester 2, visa officials would prefer to issue a post-dated visa sticker on a student’s passport from the time when the student states on their application. This would give students 3 months from the time the visa is issued to enter the State. (I.e. if you apply for a visa in August, but you are not planning to come to Ireland until January, you should to clearly state this in your application, so that visa officials can issue your visa to be valid from January to allow you enough time to enter the country).

4. I am a non-EU student. How do I register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for the first time?

To register with INIS for the first time, non-EU students must book and attend an appointment in person at the Burgh Quay registration office.
The process and required documents are outlined here.
The appointment booking site can be found here.
If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

5. I’m a first-year student and considering returning back to my home country for the rest of the semester due to the level 5 restrictions. Will I have to register with INIS before I leave, or can I register when I return in January?

We would advise students to register with INIS before their current airport landing stamp (placed on your passport at the airport border control) expires. This is to avoid any issues with airport border control in January or having to reapply for a visa (for visa required students).

6. How long does the processing of registering with INIS for the first time take -- starting from the valid application to the return of the verified documents?

Registration with immigration involves making an online appointment, attending the INIS registration with all required documents, having one's passport stamped and having the Stamp 2 Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card sent to the student’s Dublin address. The appointment itself takes up to 90 minutes and the IRP card is sent within 10 working days.

The length of time it takes to get an appointment depends on the availability of INIS appointments at any given time. Students can an appointment here (for students residing in Dublin only - at 10 am and 2:30 pm Irish time are the best times to check) and here (for students residing outside of Dublin).

Updates will be made available on the INIS website: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Home

7. As Trinity classes will be a hybrid of online delivery and also in-person elements to be attended on campus, what documents do I need to bring with me to show at the airport?

Non-EEA students arriving in the State between now and the end of 2020, must possess documentary evidence from their college/institution to show they are required to be physically present in the State for face to face classes or practical training. Failure to otherwise produce this at the point of entry, could result in a refusal of entry on public policy grounds or even a refusal of registration Students will also need a valid IRP card or visa, passport as well a letter from the Academic Registry stating that they are continuing their studies.

To get this letter from the Academic Registry, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the portal
  2. Select My Applications from the top menu
  3. Click on generate visa letter
  4. Select your course from the drop-down list
  5. Press ‘Generate’

8. Can students who are not in Ireland and are unable to travel, but have their IRP cards expiring within the next 30 days apply for a renewal online from their own countries as well? If yes, what needs to be done?

No. To register with INIS, students have to be in the country. If a student is visa required and wishes to enter the country at a later date, they will need to apply for another visa. When students are making visa applications, they are advised to state the exact date they intend to arrive in Ireland. This is so that the visa can be post-dated to reflect that date to allow them enough time to enter the country and register with immigration i.e., if a student is applying for a visa now and intends to arrive in November 1st for example, they should state this on their application, so that a visa can be post-dated to be valid from November 1st.

Current Students

The following Notice was announced by INIS on September 18th:

Minister announces further temporary extension of Immigration and International Protection permissions

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices. This is the fifth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic and the longest granted.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th September 2020 to 20th January 2021.

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.

Any permission that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th January 2021.

More information can be found here.

9. Is the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) office still open? Where can I find up to date immigration information for students?

Due to level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, the Immigration Registration Office is currently closed to the public and first time registration appointments are not available at the moment. As per the notice above, permissions (including airport landing stamps) are now extended until the 21st of January 2021. INIS will make appointments available again when they re-open.

For students who have previously registered with INIS and wish to renew, you can do so online only. Please see more information here. The INIS renewal website can be found here.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website here. INIS have also developed more extensive FAQs which can be found here.

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

10. I’m considering returning back to my home country for the rest of the semester, as I’ve been given permission to complete the semester online. However, I wasn’t able to register with INIS before they closed. What would be the visa/immigration implications of this?

If students applied for a multi-entry long stay visa, then their visa should be valid up to the 31/01 ( on an exceptional basis due to Covid-19), and they can use that visa to re-enter if attempting to do so before the 31st January 2021.

However, the student’s ability to use the visa to re-enter is based on the fact that they should have applied for a multi entry visa at the time of application and not a single entry. If students entered the country on a single entry visa and plan to leave without receiving their IRP card, they will need to apply for a visa from their home country to be permitted to re-enter.

The same applies if students are returning after 31/01 – the multi entry visa will no longer be valid and they would need to apply for a new visa.

Students are to check the visa in their passport and if the visa itself says ‘multi’ and the validity date is to the 31/01/21 (for example), then they can use that to re-enter up to that date. In the case of non-visa required students, the passport landing stamp at the airport should also be valid until the end of January 2021, please check your passport to make sure. If you decide to leave, you will have to show a copy of your proof of registration letter to airport border control officers on your return.

11. My immigration permission/Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expired while the INIS office was closed. What can I do?

For students who have previously registered with INIS and wish to renew, you can now do so online. Please see more information here. The INIS renewal website can be found here.

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

12. I’ve just completed my studies and am applying for my stamp 1G does the IRP extension until January 2021 apply to me? If so, can I still work 20 hours a week as a right on the stamp 2?

Yes, this extension notice does apply to students who have graduated and are still on a stamp 2 and the stamp 2 still permits its holders to work up to 20 hours per week.

Stamp 2 holders are not permitted to work 40 hours per week after the 30th of September.

13. I have recently graduated and am looking for employment. I’m currently in the process of applying for the Stamp 1G, can I still work full time on my stamp 2 while waiting for my stamp 1G

No, students on a stamp 2 IRP card are not permitted to work after September 30th. Students will have to wait for the status of their stamp 1G application. More information can be found here.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

14. I recently graduated and want to apply for a Stamp 1G (Third level graduate scheme). How do I go about applying for it?

Students can now apply for the Stamp 1G by using the INIS online renewal system, if you live in Dublin (this does not apply to students who live outside of Dublin). More information on how to apply can be found here.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website. Further general information on the 3rd Level Graduate Scheme is here: https://www.tcd.ie/Careers/students/international.php

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

15. I’m a final year Non-EU student, who has gone home for the rest of the semester due to the college closure, but I’d like to come back and apply for the stamp 1G or the Third level graduate scheme. Is this still possible?

Yes, you can still apply for the stamp 1G through the online renewal system as outlined above, as long as if you are still on a valid stamp 2 when you return to Ireland (valid IRP).

16. I am currently back in my home country and have recently finished my course. Can I apply for the stamp 1G from my home country?

No, students must apply for the stamp 1G using the online renewal system as outlined above, which requires them to be based in Dublin.

17. Now that most students would be converting into a Stamp 1G, what is the kind of insurance that is acceptable?

For converting to the Stamp 1G permission, as long as insurance meets INIS requirements (see here), it should suffice. As moving on to a Stamp 1G (or extending a stamp 2) would be considered a type of renewal, students will have to purchase Health Insurance from an Irish company.

Here is a sample list of insurance companies:

More information on INIS Health Insurance requirements can be found here.

18. INIS announced on the 18 September that all permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021.I’m a student who has recently finished my course and awaiting by stamp 1G application. Does this extension apply to me? Can I continue to work 20 hours per week on my stamp 2?

Yes, we have confirmed that this does apply to students who have finished their course and still have a valid stamp 2. Students who have completed their course will still be permitted to work 20 hours per week while on a valid stamp 2 and while they await the processing of their stamp 1G application.

19. Can I travel out of Ireland on my automatically extended IRP even though my IRP may appear out of date?

As travel restrictions have been introduced in Ireland as well as various parts of the world in response to Covid-19, travel may not be possible at this time. It is not advised unless essential.

If you are visa-required and you travel with on an outdated IRP card, you will have to apply for a visa to re-enter Ireland regardless of the automatic extension.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

See also HSE Guidelines on Essential travel: www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

20. I have returned back to my home country due to concerns of Covid-19. Can I re-enter the country even if I’ve been out of Ireland for more than 3 months due to Covid-19?

Yes, as long as students have a valid stamp 2 IRP on their return, and their reasons for leaving and returning were related to restrictions and measures due to COVID-19, they will be permitted to re-enter the country in September, even if they have been out of the State for longer than 3 months.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

21. I am currently back in my home country, and intend to return in later in Semester 1 or Semester 2 but my current permission expires before then, what do I do?

All non-EEA students arriving in the State between now and the end of 2020, must possess documentary evidence from their college/institution to show they are required to be physically present in the State for face to face classes or practical training. Failure to produce this at the point of entry, could result in a refusal of entry on public policy grounds or even a refusal of registration. Students will also need a valid IRP card or visa, passport as well a letter from Academic Registry stating that they are continuing their studies.

To get this letter from the Academic Registry, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the portal
  2. Select My Applications from the top menu
  3. Click on generate visa letter
  4. Select your course from the drop-down list
  5. Press ‘Generate’

Visa-required students who have left the country with their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expiring before their return (e.g. if they’ve been given permission until May) will have to re-apply for a visa to re-enter the country.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie