Visa + Immigration
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to travel to Ireland. You can check if you need a visa here. The average visa processing times are 6-8 weeks.
On arrival to Ireland, you will pass through border control. An immigration officer will check your documents and place a stamp in your passport.
You should pack all important documents in your hand luggage including your Passport, Visa, IADT Offer Letter, Tuition Fee Payment Receipt, Medical Insurance and Proof of Accommodation.
Guidance on how to apply for a visa is available on the Irish Immigration Services webpage.
All students from outside of the EU/EEA must register with immigration after arriving to Ireland.
To register, you will need to make an appointment at your local registration office and the provide the required supporting documentation and fee. The fee to register is 300 euro.
After successfully registering you will receive your Irish Residence Permit (IRP). This will be valid for a specific time period which is normally 12 months.
You must renew your registration before your IRP card expires.
Students from the EU who have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can access public health services in Ireland.
Please be aware that the EHIC does not provide access to private health services in Ireland.
Students should apply for their EHIC card before travelling to Ireland.
Information about using an EHIC card in Ireland is available here.
Students from outside the EU are required to have private medical insurance during their time in Ireland.
Your health insurance must meet the requirements of the Irish Immigration Service.
Students are responsible for purchasing and renewing their own health insurance. Some of the companies in Ireland that offer health insurance include:
Working in Ireland
Regulations + Restrictions
Subject to certain conditions, students from outside the EU can work in Ireland on a casual basis provided they have a valid Irish Residence Permit/Stamp 2 immigration permission.
Students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week
During specific dates students can work a maximum of 40 hours per week. These dates are 15 December – 15 January and 1 June – 30 September.
Further information is available here.
Applying for a PPS Number
If you are offered employment during your studies, you will need to apply for a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).
This is a unique reference number that is used by Irish state departments including Revenue.
PPSN applications are managed by the Department of Social Protection.
You can apply for an PPSN online. Further information is available on the Government of Ireland website.
Third Level Graduate Scheme
The Third Level Graduate Scheme provides non-EEA students with an opportunity to remain in Ireland for 1-2 years after graduation for the purpose of seeking graduate level employment.
The scheme is open to students who have studied in Ireland and completed a degree at NQF Level 8 or 9. This includes Bachelor Hons and Masters degrees. The scheme is also known as Stamp 1G
To be eligible for the scheme, graduates must meet the criteria listed on the Irish Immigration Service.
You can apply after your have completed your degree and received your final results.
You must book an appointment at your local registration office. You must bring all supporting documentation and your registration fee to your appointment
Further information is available here.
2022 Immigration Update
Non-EEA students can only be granted a study visa and Stamp 2 immigration permission in respect of attendance on a course of study on a programme listed on the ILEP. Where programme titles on letters vary from the ILEP listed programme titles, this can result in delay/refusal of visa applications or students being unable to register an immigration permission.
To reduce unnecessary stress please check that the programme reference code (column A in ILEP) should be included in all letters/correspondence provided to students for the purpose of a visa application or registration/renewal of immigration permission.
Please be advised that non-EEA students who may be planning trips, that a valid passport and an in-date IRP card are required in order to travel from, and return to, this jurisdiction. While there are no permanent immigration controls in place between this jurisdiction and Northern Ireland, people travelling between both may be subject to immigration checks. Non-EEA students planning to visit Northern Ireland may need to apply for a UK visa in advance and should research accordingly.
The ISD website was updated last year and information for students includes the following:
Coming to study in Ireland
Registering your permission
Immigration queries can be referred to email@example.com