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Ireland is a country full of opportunities and the credentials will be recognized all over the globe. The Irish government welcomes international students across the world. And as a prerequisite, you have to obtain a student visa to study in Ireland. The country has its own set of policies and requirements for visas. This article will guide you about everything related to the visa process.
Types of Student visa
C Study Visa - This visa is for those students who wish to study for less than 3 months. Basically, this visa is suitable if you wish to enroll under some training program that lasts less than 90 days. You cannot work in Ireland on this visa.
D Study Visa - This visa is for those students who wish to enroll in courses with a tenure of more than 3 months. Applying for this visa means you have the intention to stay in Ireland for a longer period of time.
How to apply for a student visa?
When to apply?
You should apply for a student visa before 3 months of travel. It is important because processing a visa takes time. It’s a bit lengthy process.
How to apply?
The application form for a student visa is available online on the official website of the concerned authorities. Once your application process finishes, you will receive instructions on the summary form which will tell you where you have to submit your supporting documents. Then send the required documents and your passport for processing.
Fees of study visa
Different types of visas have different fees. They are listed below:
€60: Long Stay 'D' Visa
€60: Visa single entry (valid for 90 days)
€100: Visa multiple entries
Requirement before applying for study visa
The major requirement for applying for a student visa is that you have been accepted by any Irish University in any of their course, and your fees are paid.
What are the supporting documents?
Along with the application for a student visa, you need to submit some documents supporting your application. The language of the documents should be English/Irish, if it’s not, then attach translation. The list of the supporting documents is as follows:
Two recent color passport-sized photographs.
Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports (If any).
Acceptance letter from the Irish university in which you got admission
A letter of application with all your contact details and signature.
Fees receipts of the university bestowing all dues have been cleared off.
Speaking and fluency of English through a certificate from a test provider.
Financial statements showing that you have arranged for your expenses and stay in Ireland.
Evidence proving your educational gaps (if any).
A copy of your private medical insurance cover.
What is the processing time?
The processing time of a visa application differs from country to country. It also depends on the volume of applications received in a particular country. Generally, You can expect the decision of approval or rejection of your visa application within 8 weeks from the date of your application submitted in the Visa office. It is suggested to not book tickets of flight before the final decision of the visa office regarding your application.