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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to study in Ireland? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.



Family Reunification

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.

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Employment during studies Not all international students are permitted to work while they study.

A student work concession will allow you to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during term-time, or full-time hours during official college vacation periods provided you are enrolled in a full-time course which is of at least one year duration and which is registered on the internationalisation register.

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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.

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