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Ireland - Applying for a Student Visa



1. Start your application HERE

2. Read the instructions carefully as they will differ depending on which country you are applying from. You are required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized color photographs, pay the relevant fee and submit all supporting documents.

3. Check you have received 'approved' status HERE, only then should you book your flights to Ireland.

Note: If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision within 2 months.

4. After arrival, make an appointment with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service office with the Registration Office, and pay the €300 fee to be issued a residence permit.


Either of the following:

  • A copy of an Electronic Transfer of Funds from the applicant to the Irish Bank of the college, showing details of the beneficiary's name, address, bank details and the same details for the sender and a copy of a letter/receipt from the Irish college confirming that the fee has been received.
  • A valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fee payment service.

*Please contact the administrations' office with any further queries*

Note: Fees paid to the college are a matter between the student and the college. However, in the event of the visa application being refused the college should refund the fee ( minus any small administration charge) within a reasonable period.


You must provide evidence that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses, without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. 

  • A bank statement covering the six-month period immediately prior to your visa application. 
  • Produce official confirmation that you are in receipt of a scholarship (If applicable)

Note: Living expenses vary depending upon where the higher education institution you choose is located; on the type of accommodation you prefer, and on the personal expenditure you choose. On average, expect to spend between €7,000 and €15,000 per year. Rents and prices for goods and services generally are often cheaper for those living outside of Dublin, so lower overall costs can be expected.

Alternative Evidence of Finance – Degree Programme Students

A pilot programme has now been introduced that would allow degree programme students to provide an alternative to bank statements as a method of proof of finances.  The alternative method is an "education bond" with a minimum value of €7,000.  The bond must be lodged to an approved student fees payment service (e.g. the electronic fee payment service offered by EduStep)