Obtaining student visas have become a norm in today’s world because the concept of seeking higher education/study abroad has gained momentum and permanent residence being offered to individuals traveling due to shortage in skill sets in countries which are less populated. However, our scope today is limited to student visa for Ireland and why should students choose to pursue studies in Ireland?
A student can apply for a visa if he/she intends to undertake study for more than 3 months and it is imperative that you read their Conditions for Non-EU Nationals. There is provision to apply for 3 months study visa as well plus if you have a visa for a different state, you can opt for Irish visa from there.
Application for a student visa is available online. The step-by-step procedure will guide you on how to fill out your application. At the end of the application process, make sure to take a printout of your applications summary and sign it along with the following documentation at the time of submission (as seen on Ireland immigration website).
- Two color passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old
- Your current passport and a full copy of any previous passports (passport validity should be for minimum 12 months from your proposed date of arrival in Ireland)
- A signed letter of application including your full contact detail:
- Outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland, and help with assignment writing is available in the aforementioned regard
- Giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
- undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain, and
- Where the course you now wish to study does not naturally follow on or relate to your educational/employment history, giving valid reasons, supported by documentary evidence (where available), for this change.
- You must submit a Letter of Acceptance from the college:
- Confirming that you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week,
- Giving details of the course that you will be studying,
- Stating the amount of fees payable for your course, and
- Stating the amount that has been paid,
- If the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf, stating that the college has done so.
- Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history
- Evidence fees have been paid to college
- Evidence that you have the academic ability to follow your chosen course
- Evidence of your level of English
- Private Medical Insurance cover is required
- Previous Visa Refusals (if any)
Please note that you may also be asked to fulfill Biometrics information during visa application process. Original documents will be required and submission of all of them does not guarantee visa issuance/approval. These factors ought to be borne in mind before sending in your application.
Associated fee structure can be read about at Irish immigration website. Some important points to consider are:
- There are fee exemptions available to some nationalities
- Additional charges may be incurred at your local Embassy/Consulate at the time of submission of documents (these can be inquired from the personnel therein or the information can be found on their websites)
- Currency of your country of applying will be applicable when paying for application related expenses
Read in detail about fee-related queries here.
All original documents including birth certificate, marriage, and death certificates will be returned regardless of the decision reached on your application. Ensure you have kept copies of the same (just in case). Furthermore, bank statements will not be returned. Processing times will vary but usually takes 8 weeks before a decision is reached on your application. Delays, if any, may largely depend on the applicant failing to submit complete documents.
You may check your online status of the visa application on the page separately designated for decision announcements, every Tuesday.
As to the second question why students should eye Ireland for studies is because Ireland holds one of the world’s finest education systems. You can choose from 5000 recognized qualifications that are accepted internationally. The best part of living and studying in Ireland is that it is the only English language speaking country in the entire EU region. People there are friendly and hence, it is among the safest places on earth (from students’ perspective). You can have part-time work while you study and get to experience diversity in cultures.
Rayanne Dany is an English tutor in one of the colleges in Manchester having the professional experience of 4 years. She is also known for providing assistance to the students through her social media profile on Google Plus.