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Where and how to apply
Since 1 January 2011 a ‘New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students has been introduced. This sets out new rules regarding studying in Ireland for non-EEA students.
To study in Ireland, you must apply for a visa, unless you are exempt.
If you are staying for less than three months and need a visa, you must apply for a "C study visa". C study visas are not renewable.
For stays of three months or more, you must apply for a "D study visa".
You must apply online unless you are already living in Ireland and are making a re-entry visa application.
Student residence permission
Following the granting of a visa (if required) and entry to Ireland, you must register with the local immigration registration officer and show evidence of sufficient funds.
If you are in Dublin this is with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Otherwise you should register with the District Headquarters in other Garda districts.
Grounds for rejection include:
If a visa application is refused, you will have two months from the date of the decision to appeal the decision to the Visa Appeal Officer.
More on appeals
A student visa does not give you any right to family reunification.
Currently only PhD students are considered for family re-unification. Such students will be required to make academic progress. Such students should also have adequate financial support to maintain themselves and their family whilst residing in the State.
Your family members will be subject to normal immigration requirements regarding visas, entry and registration.
More on family reunification
Employment after studies
Non-EEA students who hold a Stamp 2 or 2A immigration permissions, may apply to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for an Employment Permit, if offered employment in an eligible recognised highly-skilled shortage occupation apart from those on the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits list. The assessment of skills, labour market shortages and appropriateness of the salary level will be determined by that Department.
If you obtained a degree from an Irish third-level education institution after January 2007, you can benefit from the Graduate Scheme for the purpose of seeking employment and gaining a green card or a work permit.
Under this scheme, students who complete a recognised Degree qualification in Ireland at NFQ Level 7 can avail of the Irish Third level Graduate Scheme for a non-renewable six-month period. During these six months, you can be employed for up to 40 hours per week.
Students who complete a qualification in Ireland at Level NFQ 8-10 and receive an award from a recognised Irish awarding body may be granted a one-year permission to stay under the Graduate Scheme.
Self-employment is not allowed, unless a business permission is granted.
More on working after your studies
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