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What are the student visa requirements for Ireland?

Need help with applying to student visa? Here’s help!

The Irish Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you’d need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in Ireland. Here’s an overview* of the types of study visas and their application requirements:

S.No.

Duration of study

Visa type

1

Less than three months

C Study visa

2

More than three months

D Study visa


*For detailed information, please visit the Irish Government’s Naturalisation and Immigration Servicewebsite.

Documents required for ‘D Study visa’ in Ireland

To apply for your study visa, you will generally need:

  • A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • Letter of acceptance from a recognised Irish institution
  • Passport-sized colour photographs
  • Score of an English language proficiency test (like IELTS)
  • Proof of fee payment (this can either be a valid receipt showing course fees has been lodged to an approved student fee payment service or of  copy of Electronic Transfer of Funds by the applicant  to the Irish bank of the university or college
  • Evidence of funds (€7,000) to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
  • Medical insurance details

You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the Ireland embassy or consulate.

*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your IDP counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing

Applying for your visa online

You can apply for your student visa application online using the Irish Government’s official website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to Ireland. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

How can we help with visa applications?

If you’re an IDP student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in Ireland, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; and also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.

Our team will direct you to the official websites and to authorised immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest applications forms and guidance. In fact, to reduce the hassle, we can also help with certifying, translating and couriering your documents.

Visa fee

As an applicant from outside Ireland, you will have to pay €60 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee when applying here).

English language requirements

To gain your study visa for Ireland, you’ll have to provide with an evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

Biometric

As part of your application, you will also be required to furnish your biometric information. As an Indian student, you’d need to provide your fingerprints to the Irish authorities.

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