Visa

Visas & Immigration for Students Studying in Ireland

Upon confirming your intent to enroll in the Dual BA Program, students who do not hold citizenship in a European Union member country may be required to apply for a student visa.

Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?

Your nationality determines whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland.

EU/EAA and Switzerland

EU/EAA and Swiss students do not require a visa to study in Ireland. If you are unsure about whether you are an EU/EAA national, see here for a list of all EU/EAA countries.

Non-EU/EAA Students

The majority of non-EU/EAA students require a visa before entry to Ireland. To check to see whether you require a visa, please see here. 

If your country is not listed, then you do not require a visa to enter Ireland.

Applying for a Visa

An online Irish visa application facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants from visa-required countries. Visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to begin the application process.

INIS has provided a guide to help complete the application form and it is available in seven languages here.

What documents will be required to support my visa application?

You should refer to the full INIS guidelines relevant to your type of study. The following information summarises some of the key requirements:

  • A letter of acceptance from Trinity confirming that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid.  Because the deposit amount required to obtain a visa can be higher than the one required by Trinity to hold your place, you should pay the amount required by the visa office or the full fees. Your fee balance will be adjusted accordingly. If you have questions, please contact the Academic Registry. International students are advised to use the TransferMate option to pay fees. The TransferMate receipt is accepted by the Department of Justice for visa purposes. For fee information, please see: tcd.ie/academicregistry/fees-and-payments
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. As a student you will not have recourse to State funds and the Irish government requires that you be able to show that you - or your sponsor - have immediate access to at least €7,000, the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year - for each year of your course
  • Evidence of private medical insurance. See here for information on health insurance providers
  • A passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your course
  • Evidence of language proficiency. For INIS language requirements, please refer to www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/pages/study
  • Any other documents required by INIS or the Irish Embassy through which you are applying

Ensure that you keep copies and a record of all documents submitted. After completing the online application, you will be asked to print out a summary sheet, so make sure you have access to a printer. The summary sheet will also have details about the relevant Irish Embassy, Consulate, or Visa Office to which you will be submitting your application, in addition to information on fees and the supporting documentation required from applicants.

Note: Completing the online application form is the first step in the process. The application will only be processed when the online form is completed AND the required documentation, passport photograph, and appropriate fee are received by the relevant offices indicated by the online system. Please pay careful attention when completing your application as failure to complete your form accurately or provide required supporting documentation may result in your visa being delayed or refused.

Tracking Your Visa Application Status

It is advisable to apply as early as possible for your visa as it can take from 8 to 12 weeks to process. You can track the progress of your visa application online by visiting: www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Visa%20Decisions

If you get approval for a visa, the Embassy to which you sent your documents will add the visa to your passport. 

For general visa advice or queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room, at [email protected]. Please include your visa application number, your country of origin, and the course you are accepted to in the content of your email.

Immigration Procedures After You Arrive in Ireland

When you arrive in Ireland, an immigration officer at the port of entry will review your passport and paperwork. Please make sure to bring all documents you have received from Trinity (e.g. offer letter, evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship details or U.S. Financial Aid if applicable, evidence of private medical health insurance, accommodation details, proof of in-person requirement while COVID restrictions are in place, etc.) so that you can show a complete record to the immigration officer as they can refuse entry if they are not satisfied with your paperwork or answers to their questions.

On approval, you will get temporary immigration permission for up to three months stamped into your passport.

This means you must register with the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) within the time frame stamped on the passport. Further details on the registration process are below. 

Registration with Irish Naturalization and Immigration Services (INIS) after arrival for non-EU/EEA nationals.

ALL non-EU/EEA students, after they have registered with Trinity, must register with INIS in order to obtain permission to remain in Ireland. INIS registration must take place before the expiry date stamped on their passport by immigration officials at the airport. Students from non-visa requiring countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil are still required to register with INIS after arrival.

In order to complete immigration registration with INIS, you must go in person to INIS at the Burgh Quay Registration Office, just a 10 min walk away from the Front Square of Trinity. More information

Steps to register:

  1. Make an appointment online at https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie
    • Appointments are posted at 10 a.m. on weekdays, nine weeks in advance on a continuous basis
    • Cancellations and extra appointments are added daily at 2:30 p.m., so check regularly if all the appointments are full.
    • Students should only book an appointment via the INIS website and should never use unauthorized third-party services.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email, which will have a link to the list of documents you must bring. Print your appointment confirmation email
  3. Gather all required documentation:
    • A current valid passport
    • A college letter stating that you are a registered student and that all your fees are paid. This can be obtained from the Academic Registry (AR) which takes 2-5 working days to process. (The letter must not be dated more than 7 days away from your appointment date.)
    • An Irish bank account statement with a balance of more than €3,000 (If your stay in Ireland is less than 6 months, €500 per month must be shown)
    • Proof of private health insurance with accompanying policy document that shows coverage in Ireland.
  4. Go to your appointment, no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your time slot
  5. Present your printed ‘appointment confirmation email’ to the check-in desk
  6. You will go through the registration process (approximately 90 minutes) which involves providing your documentation, fingerprints, and getting your photograph taken. The registration charge can only be paid by card and is currently set at €300.
  7. Receive your IRP Card. Please note that students will be required to provide an address in Dublin to which their IRP card can be sent.

Note: IRP cards are valid for one year and must be renewed each year by the expiry date. You must pay a renewal fee of €300 every year. Students who have previously registered with INIS, and who are progressing to the second or later year of a degree course, can renew their stamp online.

CONTACT

Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service
13-14 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 666 9130/01
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For immigration registration queries, please contact Trinity’s International Student support hub, the Global Room at [email protected].

For further information, see Trinity’s ‘Welcome to Trinity’ guide.