Ireland is a popular destination for international students looking to study abroad due to its high ranking universities and low education costs compared to the UK. If you wish to study here though, Ireland has its own sets of policies when applying for a student visa.
International students require a study visa depending on the degrees and courses you wish to pursue and in accordance to the Visa Policy for Non-EEA students by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services. The visa in most cases may be applied up to three months prior to the date of travel to Ireland.
International students who are enrolled on course that lasts less than 3 months must apply for a ‘C-Study Visa’. However, international students undertaking full-time courses on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes are required to obtain a ‘D-Study Visa’ for entering Ireland.
Student Visa applications can be submitted online by completing the online application process following the instructions for submission provided on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website. The application also requires Biometric information.
When applying for your study visa, you will also need to prove your English ability to a basic level as some course and visa offers are dependent reaching a required level. Valid international certificates include IELTS and TOEFL.
The supporting documentation required when applying for a Student Visa in Ireland includes:
Further details can be found on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website.
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