Visa-Exempt Countries for Ireland
As an international student, it is essential to check whether your country is visa-exempted for Ireland. If your country is listed as visa-exempted, you will not require a visa to enter Ireland for study purposes. For a complete list of visa-exempted countries, please visit the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website: Visa-Exempted Countries
Study Visas for Different Countries
For students coming from countries that are not visa-exempted, you will need to apply for a study visa to enter Ireland. The application process and requirements may vary depending on your home country. To find specific details and guidelines on study visas for your country, please visit the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website: Study Visas
Visa Application and Timing
Obtaining a study visa can take 6-12 weeks, so it is crucial to allow sufficient time when planning your admission date. We recommend initiating visa applications well in advance of the start of your course to avoid delays. Please note that it is the responsibility of students to arrange their visas.
After you arrive in Ireland – Registration with the GNIB
If you are a citizen of country outside the EU, EEA, Switzerland or the UK (whether or not you need a visa), you must report to Immigration when you arrive Ireland and register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau in Limerick or Athlone after you arrive, even if you don’t need a visa.
It should be noted that these immigration requirements may be subject to change, and incoming students should consult the INIS website for up-to-date information.
Irish Graduate Permit Scheme
The Irish Graduate Permit Scheme allows eligible non-EU/EEA students who have completed their degree in Ireland to remain in the country and seek employment. This provides a valuable opportunity to gain work experience and further career prospects. Students who study a Level 8 Bachelors programe can stay up to 12 months after study while students who complete a Masters degree can stay up to 24 months after study, this is called the Stamp 1G Visa. For more information about the Irish Graduate Permit Scheme, visit the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website: Irish Graduate Permit
Please note that you are only eligible to apply for the IG visa once you have received final and official results for your course. A statement of final results can be obtained from the Office of Exams and Records.
For any specific inquiries or assistance regarding visas and immigration, please reach out to our International Office