Irish study Visa information
Need help with applying for an Irish student visa?
Need help with applying for an Irish student visa?
Team IEO made Ireland visa processing easy for you, our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorized immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest application forms and guidance.
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The Irish Government provides an opportunity to all international students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you’d need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in Ireland. Here’s an overview of the types of study visas and their application requirements:
A useful guide for ‘D visa’
Documents required for ‘D Study visa’ in Ireland
To apply for your study visa, you will generally need:
- Bank cover letter is of good quality
- Bank Contact details like Email, Officer Name, Tel. number is given
- Bank Contact details on Bank web site matches with Bank contact details on cover letter
- Statement is of immediate last 6 months
- No Lump Sum lodgments and if there are any explanations
- Student fee payments / Education Bond payments are reflecting in Bank statement
- Sponsor is if salaried person, his /her salary should be reflected in Bank statement
- Salary slips are on printed letterhead
- Salary is reflected in the Bank statement the of sponsor
- Sponsor Employer job letter is of good quality and has exact contact details like Email/ Tel/etc and if it has a website that’s a plus
- NTN is provided
- Business profile & Letter of support on printed letterhead
- Businesses must have a company website if any, and company domain email ID like @nlc.com.pk & NOT Hotmail/ Gmail/ Yahoo email ID
- Sponsor Affidavit of support must include some details of the business, source of income and willingness to support student
- TT receipt MUST Have sender name which can be sponsor name and in Ref# student name and DOB must be mentioned
- Sponsor bank statement should be reflecting outgoing TT for fee and EB
- Bond payment if paid by the sponsor is reflected in sponsor Bank statement
- Course is a HETAC course eligible for Education bond.
- In addition to Bond, sponsor source of income with a modest bank statement is provided if possible
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- Bank Cover Letter
- Sponsor Business Letter
- Student Employment Letter
- Clear Family link is established with sponsor & Student
- NADRA CNIC, FRC & BFORM provided with Birth Certificates
- Family Tree provided
SOP / Student Essay is submitted including below
- Why student is not undertaking the similar course in Home country
- Why is the course in Ireland
- What are future plans and what options student will have globally?
- ACCA students going for ACCA rest of papers in Ireland must provide points why not ACCA in their home country?
- A clear study plan must be provided
- Foundation Course students – provide evidence that you studied in an English course and got max IELTS score
- Provide rejoining letter in case of doing the job and going to Ireland
- Provide a Father letter in case the family has a business & student will rejoin after studies in Ireland
- A job search in after an Irish degree
- Refusal letter from UK / Australia etc provided with an explanation
- Must provide evidence if gap of more than 6 months is there in CV
If any of your document is not in English/Irish, then it must include a full translation. Also, each of the translated document must consist of:
- A translator confirmation as evidence of accurate translation of the original document submitted;
- The translation date;
- The full name and signature of the translator; and
- The contact details of your translator
*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your IEO counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing
When can you apply?
You can apply for a study visa up to three months before your travel date to Ireland.
Applying for your visa online
You can apply for your student visa application online using the Irish Government’s official website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to Ireland. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.
How can IEO help with visa applications?
If you’re an IEO student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in Ireland, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.
Our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorized immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest application forms and guidance. To reduce the hassle, we can also help to certify, translate and courier your documents.
You must apply online for a visa:
- You would be required to complete the online application process. The online system will then create a summary application form.
- By following the instructions from the summary application form you will be able to submit your supporting documents.
- You must print, sign and date the summary form and submit it with your supporting documents.
The Irish Government may then ask you to provide Biometrics information.
For further details on how to book biometric appointment click here.
English language requirements
To gain your study visa for Ireland, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.
A minimum score of 6.0 band is required in IELTS to apply for an Irish study visa for Bachelors program
A minimum score of 6.5 band is required in IELTS to apply for Irish study visa for Master Program.
Other test like PTE and TOEFL are also accepted
From May 2022 Irish visa office will also accept Skills for English and Language Cert exams for Visa applications.
Visit our website for preparation/test booking information www.icd.org.pk
Important Links for Ireland Student Visa
Visa requirements for students applying for Ireland
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Visa form online at
Visa fee payable online at
Approved English Tests are listed at
Track Irish Visa Decisions and see current process time
Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application Ireland Education Office recommends application 3-4 months prior to your Institution intake month. Immediately after you’ve been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Irish Study Visa – Visa Type D. You should apply at least 3 months before your university degree programme starts.
After you’ve applied, you can expect that you’ll wait about 60 days for the decision.
Here is what International students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Ireland:
You will need to submit an online application and then visit the visa application centers to have your biometrics taken and hand in the documents.
International students will have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.
No, students do no require to appear for an Interview during their VISA stage. The Study Visa – Visa Type D from Ireland is valid for up to course duration. So that you can stay during your entire degree program, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Ireland after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.
To apply for the Irish Study Visa – Visa Type D, you will also have to pay a fee of 60 EUR. Depending on your situation, Irish authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre, or through a bank transfer.
International students would also need to get health insurance for the Irish visa. IEO will help you get one.
When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study program. For Ireland, they require you to prove that 10,000 EUR is either from an external source or already in your bank account.
International students will have to prove they speak English well enough to study at an international university in Ireland. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Ireland.
English Preparation and Test Vouchers are provided through our sister company ICD.
International students won’t need to take a medical test before arriving in Ireland.
International students won’t need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Ireland.
Look at the Ireland immigration website for more detailed visa information.
You can check your Ireland visa application status online, using your Visa Application Number to see if your visa has been processed. This list is updated weekly
If your visa is approved, the Irish Embassy office will attach your visa to your passport
If your visa is refused, you can appeal the decision if it’s within two months
No. Non-EU international students studying in Ireland are not allowed to bring their family with them. Spouses and children of international students can apply to live in Ireland separately.
If your visa application is refused, the college will refund the fees, minus a small application fee.
IEO has its expertise in VISA Appeals. In case your VISA is refused you can go for an appeal within the next three months.
Yes! The Irish Government’s Third Level Graduate Scheme offers graduates a one-year stay-back visa so that they can stay in Ireland and seek employment. Whereas, postgraduates can receive a post-study work VISA for two years.