Requirements, Process, Fees, Application
Ireland student visa allows you to reside in the country for the long-term course of your studies in a recognized college, or other educational establishment. Studying in Ireland is quite a popular option for undergraduates across the world; Ireland offers a long history of excellence in learning with nine universities, fourteen institutes of technology and a host of other educational establishments. Visa First will process your application according to all the Irish migration requirements thus boosting your chances of successful application
Student Visa Requirements
- Evidence (acceptance letter) that you are enrolled in an educational institution, in a course that involves at least 15 hours of daytime tuition.
- Proof of money transfer from the applicant to the College, covering your tuition fees for the academic year. Bank statements should contain the full details of the sender and the beneficiary.
- English language certificate, except for cases when the applicant is enrolling in an English language course. Accepted certificates include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE.
- Proof of sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland for a year. Immediate access to at least €7,000 in the applicant’s bank account is required.
- Proof of sufficient funds for the whole course of your studies. This is the same amount for each subsequent year.
- Medical insurance.
- A valid passport for at least 6 months after completion of your course.
All documents listed below should be in English, or should be accompanied by a notarised translation. Visit the eligibility tab to view complete information.
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Student Visa Requirements in Details
Each Ireland student visa application is determined individually. However, there are few requirements each applicant must comply to.
Bear in mind the fast and successful application depends on whether you have all documents available, all application forms and declarations signed, all the information is true, translated in English by an authorized translator. Failing in one of those will result in either your visa being rejected or the whole process slowed down.
Education Enrollment and Paid Tuition Fees
As the purpose of your immigration to Ireland is studying, you should provide a clear proof you are accepted for a course in a recognized educational institution. In addition, this course should involve at least 15 hours of tuition per week. The acceptance letter should specify the course you will be studying, the tuition fees, a proof they’ve been paid for the first academic year. If the institution has taken a medical insurance on your behalf, the letter must contain the relevant details.
The minimum required fee that should be transferred to the educational establishment is at least €6,000. If the course fees are more than this, you are obliged to pay at least this amount. However, these requirements are outlined by the Immigration authorities, and your college may have different requirements and may demand you to pay the full course.
You should provide a copy of a bank statement showing proof of funds transfer to the Irish bank of the college or educational institution. This statement must contain the details (name, address, bank details) of both the applicant and the beneficiary.
Ability to Follow Your Chosen Course
You must be able to prove that you are suited to your chosen course. In most cases this means you will be able to partake in the course, and to prove your English language skill is of a sufficient level. However, for some specific course you may have to provide proof of qualifications, certificates, etc.
Passing the IELTS language test is recommended for all applicants. Other certificates include TOEFL or Cambridge or ETAPP. If you already have one of these, bear in mind they should be issued within 2 years of your application.
The recommended band scores are:
- IELTS – minimum score of 5
- TOEFL – minimum score of: 173 (Computer-based) 61 (Internet-based) 500 (Paper-based)
- Cambridge – First Certificate in English (FCE) or higher
- ETAPP - Minimum grade of B2
- PTE Academic - minimum score of 36
Evidence of Finances
You are required to provide a proof you or your sponsor have enough funds to support your stay in Ireland.
- Your sponsor’s relationship to you must be clear and easy to prove.
- Give details of the financial support that will be provided to you.
- Their bank account must show a good record for the past half an year.
- The required funds for the academic year must not limit the sponsor’s ability to support themselves or other dependents.
- You must also provide a proof of ready access to the sum required for each following academic year.
- The sponsor’s employment details must provide information about the employer and at least 4 recent payslips.
- All financial documents must state to who they relate.
- Any documents that are not credible may raise concerns over your whole application.
- Handwritten entries and statements will not be accepted.
To make sure you comply with all these requirements contact Visa First today and allow us to process your application. We know the right pathways for an Irish student visa to be obtained.
Private medical cover is required in order to obtain the visa. Some colleges organise this on their applicants’ behalf. If this is the case, information on this should be included in your Letter of Acceptance. If you arrange your medical examinations yourself, you must provide evidence.
Educational and Employment History
- You must provide full details of your previous education on the application form.
- You must submit all exam results obtained, along with your qualification certificates.
- You must provide information to account for any gaps between your last period of full time education and your application to study in Ireland.
- If any such gap in education has been filled by periods of employment, you must give full details of your employment history.
- If your employment history or educational background have no obvious connection to the course you now wish to pursue, you must give a full explanation of why you are now embarking on a change of career.
You are required to provide details of all visa applications you’ve lodged in the past, for any country. If you have been rejected, you must provide the original refusal letter. Also, if you’ve been to Ireland before, you must give details of your stay here. This information is of utmost importance and must be completely accurate and true.
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In applying for a Student Visa you must be able to show that:
- You are enrolled on a privately funded course involving at least 15 hours of organised daytime tuition each week;
- You have paid the requisite fees to the college;
- You have the academic ability to follow your chosen course;
- You have a level of English language sufficient to do so (except in the case of an application which is solely for an English language course);
- You have immediate access to at least €7,000. This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year;
- You must also demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years;
- You have private medical insurance;
- You can account for any gaps in your educational history;
- Your intention is to return to your country of permanent residence following completion of your studies in Ireland.
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