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To come to Ireland as a student, you must:
Where and how to apply
If you are coming to study full time in Ireland you must be enrolled in one of two types of course, a Degree Programme courseor a Language and Non-Degree Programme course.� See list of Interim list of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)
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
Not all international students are permitted to work while they study. Full time non-EEA students pursuing a course on the Internationalisation Register holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission will be permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.
It should be noted also that the hours specified are the maximum that a student can work in any given week and not an average over time. A student who is working for more than one employer remains subject to the overall limits (e.g. during the period when the 20 hour limit applies a student could not work 15 hours each for 2 employers). The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.
Employment after studies
Non-EEA students who hold a Stamp 2 or 2A immigration permission, may apply to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for an Employment Permit, if offered employment in an eligible 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.
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
More on the Irish education system
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (visas)
Department of Justice and Equality
Garda National Immigration Bureau
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Department of Social Protection (DSP) Employment Services
Citizens Information (Student Visas)
Employment Permits Section
Business Permission Unit
Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
Last Update: 26/11/2015 |