Visas & Immigrations
Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland to study at Trinity?
Your nationality determines whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland.
EU/EAA and Switzerland
EU/EAA and Swiss students do not require a visa to study in Ireland. If you are unsure about whether you are an EU/EAA national, see here for a list of all EU/EAA countries.
The majority of non-EU/EAA students require a visa before entry to Ireland. To check to see whether you require a visa, please see here. Please see an INIS list of countries that require a visa before entry to Ireland. If your country is not listed, then you do not require a visa to enter Ireland.
Applying for a visa
An online Irish visa application facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants from visa-required countries. See here to apply
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has provided a guide to help complete the application form and it is available in seven languages here.
What documents will be required to support my visa application?
You should refer to the full INIS guidelines relevant to your type of study. The following information summarises some of the key requirements.
• A letter of acceptance from Trinity confirming that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study
• Evidence of tuition fees paid. Where the course fees are less than €6,000, fees must be paid in full to 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.
• Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. As a student you will not have recourse to State funds and the Irish government requires that you be able to show that you - or your sponsor - have immediate access to at least EUR 7,000, the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year - for each year of your course.
• Evidence of private medical insurance. See here for information on health insurance providers https://www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/undergraduate/coming-to-trinity/airport/pre-arrival/index.php
• A passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your course
• Show evidence of language proficiency. INIS requires IELTS 5.0 for student visa applications but Trinity generally requires IELTS of 6.5 so it is advisable to check the exact requirements for your course
• Any other documents required by INIS 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
• It is advisable to apply as early as possible for your visa as it can take up to 8 weeks for visas to be processed in the offices in Abuja, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, London, Moscow or New Delhi. Visa applications processed through the Dublin office can take up to 12 weeks particularly during busy periods
• You can track the progress of your visa application online here
• If you get approval for a visa, the Embassy to which you sent your documents will add the visa to your passport • For visa advice or queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your visa application number, your country of origin and the course you are accepted to in the content of your email.