Do I need a Visa to study in Ireland?
Students who hold an EU passport do not require a visa to study and work in Ireland. If you are unsure about whether you are an EU/EAA national, see here for a list of all EU/EAA countries. Some, but not all, non-EU/EEA students require an entry visa for Ireland. For example, students coming from the United States or Canada do not require a visa to enter Ireland. To see if you require a visa for Ireland visit: www.irishimmigration.ie.
Non-EU students who do not require a visa will still be required to register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery after arrival. See the section below on "Immigration Registration with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery" for more information on how to register.
Applying for a visa before arrival
Students should submit their visa applications using the AVATS facility at www.visas.inis.gov.ie. 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 as indicated by the online system. There is a dedicated visa processing office in China, India, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Non-EU students resident in these countries, please refer to your local Irish Embassy website for details of further documentation which may be required.
Please refer to the links below for visa guidelines:
The Irish Immigration Service Delivery has provided a guide to help complete the application form and it is available in seven languages.
You should refer to the full the Irish Immigration Service Delivery guidelines relevant to your type of study. The following information summarises some of the key requirements.
• A letter from Trinity confirming that you have accepted a place on a full-time course of study. Once you have accepted an offer, you can retrieve this letter yourself by following these steps:
1. Log in to the my.tcd.ie.
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’.
The letter will be saved as PDF to your computer.
• Evidence of payment of at least 50% of the tuition fee for year 1 of your course.
• Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. As an international student you will not have recourse to State funds and the Irish government that you be able to show that you - or your sponsor - have immediate access to at least €7,000, the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year - for each year of your course. As Dublin is more expensive than the rest of Ireland, we recommend Trinity students can show up to €15,000 per year.
• 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.
• Evidence of language proficiency that meets the requirement for your course, e.g. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 or PTE 63. Some courses have a higher requirement, so please double check.
• Any other documents required by the Irish Immigration Service Delivery 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.
Checking on your visa application status
Students can apply for a visa up to 3 months before arriving in Ireland.
• We advise you to apply as early as possible as visa processing can take up to 8 weeks.
• Visa applications processed through the Dublin office can take up to 12 weeks particularly during busy periods.
• You can check online for visa decisions using your visa application number at: www.irishimmigration.ie .
• When your visa is approved, the Embassy to which you sent your documents will attach a visa to your passport.
Immigration at the airport
What you need at Airport Immigration Control
All non-EU/EEA citizens who do not hold an EU passport, whether visa-required or not, are subject to immigration controls at the port of entry of Dublin Airport. The Immigration Officer on duty determines whether each non-EU student is allowed to enter Ireland. If your documentation is in order, he/she will stamp your passport for up to three months (90 days). All non-EU students must register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery within the time limit stamped on the passport. At the immigration desk, you should be prepared to present the following documents:
- Passport - with a valid visa sticker if they are visa required. Check here: www.irishimmigration.ie
- A visa letter, which can be printed from my.tcd.ie student portal by following these steps:
- 1. Log in to the portal (my.tcd.ie)
- 2. Select “My Applications” from the top menu
- 3. Click on “generate visa letter”
- 4. Select their course from the drop-down list
- 5. Click “Generate”
- Your full TCD offer letter
- Evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship details or US Financial Aid if applicable
- Address of where you will be staying
- Evidence of private medical health insurance (Policy document)
Note: You should keep these documents with you in your carry-on luggage as immigration border control is before baggage claim. You should also keep all these documents ready, as you will need them again when you register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery.
You must register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery within the time frame stamped on the passport.
Immigration Registration with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery
ALL non-EU/EEA students, (both visa-required, and non-visa required), must register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery in order to obtain a permission to remain. The Irish Immigration Service Delivery registration must take place before the expiry date stamped on their passport by immigration officials at the airport. Countries such as USA, Canada and Australia, which though they do not require a visa to enter Ireland, are also required to register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery after arrival.
How to Register
All non-EU students must register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery within the time limit stamped on the passport at the airport.
The Irish Immigration Service Delivery is located on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, approximately a 5-minute walk from the campus. You must have an appointment to visit the Irish Immigration Service Delivery Office.
To book an appointment visit: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/
Students should only book appointments via the Irish Immigration Service Delivery website and should never use unauthorised third-party services to book appointments.
In order to register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery, students must collect the following documents to support their application.
Mandatory Supporting Documents:
- Valid passport.
- Proof of Trinity registration (from Academic Registry). Note: This document must be issued and dated within 7 days before your appointment with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery.
- Bank statement from an Irish bank account showing at least €3,000 available. Foreign bank statements are also acceptable if you have proof that this account can be accessed and you can provide a 6-month bank statement.
- Proof of health insurance
- €300 fee (credit/debit card or bank draft only; no cash).
**Please allow 5 working days for Irish bank statements and for documents needed from Academic Registry.
The standard registration letter can be self generated through the registartion tab on your my.tcd.ie portal.
Details on how to register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery will be provided in September, duing orientation. Students should aim to schedule an appointment to register with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery once they complete their registration at Trinity.
*Students under the age of 18 registering with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery will have to be accompanied by a legal guardian resident in the ROI. The guardian would have to show proof of residence (an Irish passport or IRP card) and a letter from the student's parent(s) (If they are not acting as guardian) stating that this is the person they have appointed as guardian.
Renewals for Non-EU Students:
- The Irish Residence Permit card is valid for one year (unless you are a single semester student). It must be renewed each year by the expiry date.
- You must pay a renewal fee of €300 every year.
- You must have private health insurance for each year of your stay.
Students who have previously registered with the Irish Immigration Service Delivery, and who are progressing to the second or later year of a degree course and who are living in Dublin, can renew their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card online at: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/registering-your-immigration-permission/how-to-renew-your-current-permission/.
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 666 9130/01
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