Requirements For Ireland Study Visa

Ireland remains one of the best places in the world to study despite being an island nation. Ireland is jam-packed with things that make it a popular destination for students studying abroad.

The Irish place a strong value on education, which is reflected in the country’s outstanding colleges and universities and its reputation for academic excellence.

International Students always enjoy their studies in Ireland because of the promising diploma and the friendly system.

What Is Ireland Study Visa?

Ireland Study Visa is a permit you must get before traveling to Ireland to study in an Irish educational institution. With it, you can travel on a short-term or long-term basis.

This is so because the Ireland Study Visa is placed under the ‘Long-Term’ and the ‘Short-Term’ Ireland visas categories by the Irish government.

Therefore, if your intended course of study lasts 90 days or longer, you can apply for an Ireland Study Visa.

Again, you can apply for any of them as long as it corresponds with the duration of your course.

Ireland Study Visa Types:

There are two types of Ireland Study Visas. There is the short-term ‘C Study Visa’– for studying and staying in Ireland for only 90 days – and the long-term ‘D Study Visa’ – for studying and staying in Ireland for more than 90 days.

Who Is Eligible For Ireland Study Visa?

You must be a law-abiding individual with zero criminal records; there are certain standards that you must measure up to before applying for an Ireland Study Visa.

First, you must have received an acceptance letter from an accredited institution in Ireland to study a full-time program.

The list of these institutions changes from time to time. I will advise you to visit the Irish Embassy in Nigeria for up-to-date information about the accredited institutions.

Next, you must have paid for your tuition fees and be capable of paying for your living expenses throughout your years of studying.

An estimated cost of at least $9,400 should be at your disposal for living in Ireland for a year and the same cost each year for studying and staying in Ireland for more than one year.

Finally, you must have an above-average proficiency in the English Language which shouldn’t be a tall order for you as a Nigerian.

And lest I forget, the Ireland Study Visa is exclusive to those who want to study higher education programs in Ireland – not for people who want to go for professional training or for further education programs in Ireland.

Visa Requirements

Occasionally, inaccurate documents might make the consular officers reject your application. You should be honest and present authentic documents for the application. The following are necessary while issuing your documents:

  • Duly filled, signed, and printed application form and questionnaire. You should fill it out correctly and with all honesty.
  • An international passport valid for six months and colored photocopies of all the passport pages.
  • Two passport photographs that are not more than six months old. Using an old passport will not help.

Letter Of Application

A signed letter of application including:

  • The Reason for wanting to come to Ireland. And also the Details of any of your family members in Ireland or any other European Union (EU) Member State.
  • Undertaking that, you will observe the conditions of your visa. Also that while being peaceful and law-abiding in Ireland. You also have to state that you will leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa.

Letter of Acceptance

Letter of acceptance from a college in Ireland, stating:

  • That the institution accepts you on a course of full-time study.
  • Details of the course that you will be studying.
  • The amount payable for your course.
  • Payment evidence.
  • Whether the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf or not.

And lastly, you need to present documents showing information on the gaps between your last period of full-time education and your application to study in Ireland. 

You must provide details of your employment history if the education gap has been filled by periods of employment (e.g., employment letter).

Other Documents Needed Are:

  • A copy of the Electronic Transfer of Funds (ETF) to the Irish Bank of the college (indicating the beneficiary’s name, address, bank details, and that of the sender) or a valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fees payment service. 
  • Documents showing that you can follow your chosen course (e.g., exam results and qualifications).
  • Personal or sponsor bank statements for the past six months meet the financial requirements to cater to your living expenses in Ireland.
  • Certificate of travel/health Insurance.
  • The original letter issued to you by the country’s authorities that refused your visa application in the past (if any).
  •  Proof of accommodation in Ireland: address of the host, address where the student will stay, or letter from the school claiming that they will give accommodation to the student.

Steps In Applying For Ireland Study Visa

There are three steps involved in applying for Ireland Study Visa in Nigeria.

Step 1

Begin by filling out an online application form and a questionnaire.

Step 2

Gather the documents below in the following order:

  • Duly filled, signed, and printed application form and questionnaire.
  • Passport that is valid for six months and colored photocopies of all the pages of the passport.
  • Two passport photographs that are not more than six months old.
  • A signed application letter including the reason for wanting to come to Ireland.
  • Details of your family members in Ireland or any other European Union (EU) Member State.
  • Undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa while being peaceful and law-abiding in Ireland and that you will leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa, and
  • Information where the course you wish to study does not relate to your educational employment history, gives valid reasons supported by documentary evidence (where available) for this change.
  • Letter of acceptance from a college in Ireland stating that you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time study.
  • Details of the course that you will be studying.
  • The amount payable for your course.
  • The amount that has been paid.
  • Whether or not the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf.
  • Documents showing information on gaps between your last period of full-time education and your application to study in Ireland. You must provide details of your employment history if the education gap has been filled by periods of employment (e.g., employment letter).
  • A copy of the Electronic Transfer of Funds (ETF) to the Irish Bank of the college (indicating the beneficiary’s name, address, bank details, and that of the sender) or a valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fees payment service (e.g., the electronic fee payment service offered by Pay to Study (formerly International Student Payments Service, (ISPS)).
  • Documents showing that you can follow your chosen course (e.g., exam results and qualifications).
  • Personal or sponsor’s bank statements for the past six months that meet the financial requirements to cater to your living expenses in Ireland.
  • Certificate of travel/health Insurance.
  • The original letter issued to you by the country’s authorities that refused your visa application in the past (if any).
  • Proof of accommodation in Ireland: address of host; address where the student will stay; or letter from school claiming that they will give accommodation to the student.

If You Are A Minor (under 18) And Unaccompanied In Ireland, You Must Submit The Following Documents:

  • Original birth certificate.
  • Coloured photocopies of parents’ or guardians’ data page or national identity cards
  • Documents showing that the parents or guardians give their consent to their travelling child.
  • Document showing that the host family or education agency is the legal guardian of the unaccompanied child during his or her stay in Ireland.

Step 3

Take the gathered documents to the office of VFS Global, the agency authorized by the Irish Embassy to collect visa applications on its behalf.

The VFS Global office is located at 38 Lobito Crescent, Wuse-2, Abuja or Manor House, plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way (Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway) Lekki Phase I, Lagos.

Documents taken to VFS Global must be originals and photocopies of each. The originals of vital documents such as passports and birth certificates will be delivered to you through the UPS courier service after processing your visa application.

You will be asked to pay for the service when making your visa application.

Also, your letters for visa application must be addressed to the Irish Embassy in Nigeria and not VFS Global since VFS Global is only a third party.

Remember that there is more to the success of your application than submitting all the documents mentioned in this post. The Irish Embassy may demand other requirements whenever they wish.

Still, if you have followed the steps as they’ve appeared and made provision for the ‘popularly’ required documents, the chances of the success of your application are high.

Having obtained all the documents mentioned above, your next step is to take these to Irish Embassy in Nigeria. In Nigeria, the agency handling Visa application affairs is VFS, located at 38 Lobito Crescent Wuse II, Abuja.

Conclusions

We hope students find this article useful, especially those wishing to study in Ireland. We encourage you to follow each step above closely; if you do, your study visa requirements will be easy.

We wish you success in all your academic pursuits.

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