SHORT-TERM VISA 
 
The information that we provide is based on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). 
Our Advice Team cannot be held responsible if the information provided here is not accurate. Our Advice Team makes every effort to ensure this information is accurate and up to date; however policies, procedures and regulations are subject to change. Therefore the Advice Team cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or inconvenience suffered as a result of using this information. 


We try to update the information as soon as any changes are made by INIS but we recommend that you always read this information alongside the information on the INIS website and the Education in Ireland website. Also, if you choose to print any of our webpages, we advise that you read them alongside the most up-to-date information provided by INIS and the Education in Ireland website. 


What is a Short-Term Student Visa? 

To come to Ireland for short term study (eg to learn the English or Irish language, or for cultural studies) apply using a Visit (Tourist) Visa. 

You can attend a course of study for up to 90 days and do other tourist activities.

If you want to study for longer than 90 days, you will need a long stay Visit (Study) Visa and other permissions.

 

Can I extend a Short-Term Study Visa? 
No. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond 90 days. You must leave the State on or before the date which has been stamped on your passport by the Immigration Officer when you entered.


I am currently in Ireland on a Short-Term Study Visa, can I work? 
No. As a short-term student, you cannot do any kind of work, work placement or work experience during your studies in Ireland.


I am currently in Ireland on a Short-Term Study Visa, can I travel to Northern Ireland? 
No. You cannot travel to Northern Ireland using an Irish visa. You need a visa issued by the United Kingdom.

If you travel from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and then wish to return to the Republic, you must have a Multiple Entry visa.


How do I apply for a Short-Term Study Visa? 

Apply for a short stay Visit (Tourist) Visa to study in Ireland. All short stay visas are also called 'C' visas.

You will not be allowed to come to Ireland without a visa.

 
Is there any other information I should read before I submit my application? 
You should read all the information on the INIS website and Education in Ireland website about Short-Term Study visas to ensure you are fully informed about the application process.

 

 

STUDENT VISA

 

How do I apply for a Study Visa? 

You must make your visa application on-line using the AVATS on-line facility , the online visa application facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants.

You will need to show evidence that all fees have been paid prior to the visa application being submitted. Follow the link to find out about the types of evidence of payment and fees accepted. 

Do I need to provide evidence of funds? 

Yes. You must provide evidence that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses. You must show you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. Click here to read more about the finances. 

How long does it take to process my visa

  • You should apply as early as possible for your visa as it normally takes eight weeks for it to be processed but in busy periods it may take longer than this.

  • You can check online to see if your visa has been processed (using your Visa Application Number). This list is updated weekly.

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

  • If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision within 2 months.

Is there any other information I should read before I submit my application? 

You should read all the information on the INIS website and Education in Ireland website about Study visas to ensure you are fully informed about the application process.

 

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