Study Visa

**Please Note**

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus we are not in a position to offer travel advice to travellers wishing to come to Ireland. Please consult with WHO guidelines for your country before travelling https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

In general, you must have permission to study in Ireland for educational courses that are more than 3 months in duration, this includes:

  • A semester abroad at an Irish university
  • An English or Irish language course
  • Degree, master’s degree, national diploma or PhD

Non-EEA citizens need a Study Visa to come to Ireland to study for a duration of more than 3 months, eg degree level course, English language course or any programme on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)

Please read carefully the following before applying for your Study Visa at the bottom of the page.

However there are exemptions:

You do not need a visa to come to Ireland to Study if you come from certain Non-EEA countries. To check if you need a Study Visa Click Here

However, even if you do not need a Study Visa you will need permission to remain in Ireland to study, eg degree level course, English language course or any programme on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)

*Please note: For (language) courses that are less than 3 months you may enter the country on a tourist visa (90 days) and do not need permission to remain or have to register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to complete the course.

**Please Note: All non-EEA students, including those who do not require a visa, must register with an INIS immigration officer for permission to remain in Ireland for more than 90 days.

Entering the Country

You must report to an INIS immigration officer at border control before entering the country (eg at the airport, ferry port, etc), if you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national.

What you will need:

You must be able to give the INIS immigration officer at border control any documents necessary to explain your visit. It is your responsibility to ensure you have everything with you. At a minimum this includes your passport, visa (if necessary). It may also include a travel itinerary, invitations or letters that help explain your visit.

Permission to Remain

Students from a non-EEA country who intend studying in Ireland for a period of more than 3 months must register, after they arrive, with the local INIS immigration officer in Burgh Quay Registration Office if living in Dublin, or nearest INIS office outside of Dublin to obtain an Irish Resident Permit (IRP).

Registering in Dublin:

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) manage registrations in Dublin and County Dublin. You must register at Burgh Quay Registration Office if you live in Dublin City or county. There can be great demand for appointments. If you can’t book one straightaway, keep trying. Free appointments are issued every weekday at 10am and 2:30pm. To book an appointment Click Here

Registering outside of Dublin:

If you live outside Dublin City or county, you must register at the registration office nearest to where you live. Click Here to find your nearest registration office

***Please Note: For more on immigration permission please Click Here

Permission, stamps & conditions

If your application for permission to remain in Ireland is successful, an INIS immigration officer will put a stamp in your passport and IRP. This usually happens during your visit to the registration office.

There are several types of stamp with different names, e.g. Stamp 0, Stamp 1, etc. Each one indicates a type of permission, including the:

  • Activities you can – and cannot do – in Ireland
  • Time period you are allowed to stay

You must be familiar with your stamp and the conditions that apply to it. If you break these conditions, you may have to leave the country.

The time you accumulate on certain stamps may be used to calculate your ‘reckonable residence‘ (subject to conditions) if you apply for citizenship by naturalisation

Stamp 0

Stamp 0 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a temporary period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions:

  • You must be of independent means, ie fully financially self-sufficient. Alternatively, your sponsor in Ireland must be of independent means and can support you fully.
  • You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services, eg be treated at a public hospital. You must have private medical insurance.
  • You must not work or engage in any business, trade or profession unless specified in a letter of permission from INIS.

You may be given Stamp 0 if you have permission to:

  • Retire to or live in Ireland as a person of independent means
  • Be a visiting academic at an Irish university or college
  • Live in Ireland as the elderly, dependent relative of a non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen
  • Extend a short term visit here due to exceptional humanitarian circumstances
  • Work here for an overseas company to carry out a specific task for a limited time
  • Other

Renew Stamp 0 based on work as a visiting academic Click Here

Stamp 1A

Stamp 1A indicates permission in full time, paid accountancy training (in compliance with the immigration rules or regulated by the IAASA and with a training contract with a company based in Ireland) for a specified period, subject to conditions.

Summary of conditions:

  • You must not engage in any other business, trade or profession unless specified in a letter of permission from INIS.
  • If you wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of your immigration permission, you must apply to renew your permission and registration before they expire.

You may be given Stamp 1A if you have permission to:

Renew Stamp 1A based on work as a Trainee Accountant Click Here

Stamp 1G

Stamp 1G are issued to Graduate Students who currently hold a Stamp 2 or 2A permission

Stamp 1G indicates you have finished your studies in Ireland and have permission to look for employment here under the Third Level Graduate Programme, subject to conditions.

Summary of employment conditions for graduates:

  • You can work for a maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • If you wish to continue working after Stamp 1G expires, you must find a job that requires an employment permit and then follow the usual application process.

While on a Stamp 1G, your other permissions and conditions remain the same as for Stamp 2/2A.

You may be given Stamp 1G if you have permission to:

Stamp 2

Stamp 2 indicates permission to study a full time course on the official Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) for a specified period, subject to conditions. Stamp 2 is not reckonable as residence when applying for citizenship by naturalisation.

Summary of conditions:

  • You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services (eg public hospitals) unless you have an entitlement via other means.
  • You can work in casual employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during school term and 40 hours per week during holidays. You must not engage in any other business or trade.
  • f you wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of your immigration permission, you must apply to renew your permission and registration before they expire.

You may be given Stamp 2 if you have permission to study the following:

Renewing your Stamp 2

****Please Note: Students living in Dublin who are previously registered with the INIS and who are progressing to the second or later year of a 3rd Level degree or higher course, will be able to renew their IRP through an online application system. They will be able to submit their application and all supporting documentation online, pay the registration fee online and then post their original in-date passport, original IRP card and a copy of the Acknowledgement Email to INIS. For more info Click Here

To renew using the online student renewal applications for degree level college students living in Dublin only please Click Here

Stamp 2A

Stamp 2A indicates permission for full time study in Ireland for a course that is not on the official Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), for a specified period. Stamp 2A is not reckonable as residence when applying for citizenship by naturalisation.

Summary of conditions:

  • You cannot receive any benefits or use publicly funded services, eg public hospitals. You must have private medical insurance.
  • You must not work or engage in any business, trade or profession.
  • If you wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of your immigration permission, you must apply to renew your permission and registration before they expire.

You may be given Stamp 2A in the following circumstances:

  • Semester abroad (ie at an Irish university/college)
  • Study at a private secondary school in Ireland

Renewing your Stamp 2A

Stamp 4

Stamp 4 indicates permission to stay in Ireland for a specified period, subject to conditions. Stamp 4 is reckonable as residence when applying for citizenship by naturalisation.

Summary of conditions:

  • You can take up employment and are not required to hold an Employment Permit.
  • You can work in a profession, subject to conditions of the relevant professional or other bodies.
  • You can establish and operate a business.
  • You may access state funds and services as determined by Government departments or agencies.
  • If you wish to stay in Ireland past the expiry date of your immigration permission, you must apply to renew your permission and registration before they expire.

You may be given Stamp 4 if you have had permission to work in Ireland:

Renew stamp 4 Click Here

Registration Fee & Payment

You will be issued with a registration certificate called an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) whenever you register, renew or change permission. An IRP costs €300 per person each time. How to pay:

Credit card & debit card

Pay by credit card or debit card at Burgh Quay registration office and some others. To pay using credit card or debit card, bring your card with you and use as normal. You will be given your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) when payment is confirmed.

Bank giro

You can pay by bank giro at any registration office. Bank giro is a method of transferring money between bank accounts. To pay using giro:

  • An immigration officer will give you a bank giro form during your visit to a registration office.
  • The form is pre-printed with INIS account details and the payment amount (€300).
  • Go to your bank to pay the giro. Keep the receipt.
  • Return to the registration office and show your receipt as proof of payment.

You will be given your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) when payment is confirmed.

TO APPLY FOR YOUR STUDY VISA CLICK HERE