Ireland is the most popular destination for Indian students who want to study overseas because Ireland has a high-quality education system, top universities, and also low educational costs compared to other countries. If you wish to study in Ireland, Ireland has its own set of policies when applying for a student visa. You must file the student visa application if you plan to enter Ireland to attend a university, college, or other academic institution.
A visa is a certificate which will be placed in your passport to indicate that you are authorized to land in the state. All Indian and International students should apply for the student visa to study in Ireland if the course lasts more than three months. International students should ensure that they have fulfilled the criteria of the policy before they make the visa application. Students may apply for a study visa up to 3 months before the date of travel to Ireland to study.
Applying for an Ireland student visa is simple but is one of the lengthiest processes towards studying in Ireland. The student visa is necessary to start the process as soon as you receive the unconditional acceptance from the institution of student's choice. The student will have to schedule an appointment with a local VFS or consulate to submit the required documents to be granted the student visa to study in Ireland.
You will need to provide the following with your visa application. (Please remember, original documents are required and must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation):
- Letter of acceptance from a recognized school or college or university in Ireland confirming that you have been accepted on a course of study. This course of study must be full-time (lasting an academic year) and have a minimum of 15 hours per week study time.
- Evidence of your academic ability to pursue the chosen course through the English language (unless it is an English language course).
- Evidence that the fees for the course have been paid in full.
- Evidence that you have enough funds (€7,000) to maintain yourself for the initial part of your stay.
- Evidence that you or a sponsor have access to at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
- Evidence that you have private medical insurance
- An explanation of any gaps in your educational history
- Confirmation that you intend to return to your country of permanent residence when you leave Ireland.
Remember, the granting of a student visa to study in Ireland does not confer the automatic right of anyone to join or visit you in Ireland (whether they are a relative or not).
Applying for a study permit
Before you can submit your student visa application, you must first be enrolled in an Irish educational institution, pay the necessary fees, and enter an English language test to prove you meet the language requirements.
That's because you must submit the documents proving you meet these requirements along with your Ireland student visa application.
The Ireland student visa processing time is around eight weeks. Different factors, such as the time of year or if you have any missing documents could delay it, so plan accordingly.
You must provide the following in relation to your finances.
- You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months. You must submit this whether you are covering the costs of your studies yourself or not.
- Evidence that you have Bank statements must be on headed paper. Where original bank statements are not available, internet printouts will be accepted once every page has been notarised by the bank, and the statement is accompanied by a letter from the bank confirming its authenticity. Handwritten entries or details on bank statements will not be accepted.
- Your name, address, account number, and account type must be visible on the statement.
- Any large or irregular lodgements (e.g., student loans, lodgement of Savings Certificates, the sale of a property, or any similar type of sources) must be fully explained.
- If you are sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must also include a letter from your bank confirming that you can make money from that account
- Credit cards are not accepted as evidence of finances.
Further information, help, and advice
Triniti Immigration team of specialists has over 4decades of experience in immigration services and has helped thousands of people to study and work in Ireland. All applications for Ireland visas are dealt with in-house by a member of the Law Society of Upper Ireland.