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Do I need a study visa? 

You can find out if you need a study visa for entry to Ireland on the Department of Justice website here 

Do I require documents if I do not need a study visa? 

If you are a Full-time International Student 

Print and bring your WIT letter of offer, acceptance letter and receipt for tuition fees paid and any other supporting documentation in your hand luggage when travelling. You may be asked to present these to Border Control upon arrival into Ireland.  

If you are an Exchange Student 

Print and bring your SETU Waterford acceptance email and your Visa Support Letter (Provided by SETU Waterford Office for International Relations) in your hand luggage when travelling. You may be asked to present this to border control upon arrival into Ireland.  

How do I apply for a study visa? 

Contact your local Irish Diplomatic Mission for advice on visa applications. A list of Irish embassies and consulates is available here. If there is no local Irish Diplomatic Mission in your location, you should contact the Visa Section at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS): +353 1 6167700 or [email protected]

Visa applications are made on the AVATS Online Application Facility which can be found here on the INIS website. 

What documents should I submit with my visa application? 

You can find up-to-date information on student visas and the supporting documentation required for applications here

The list below gives you a general idea of what is required: 

If you are a Full-time International Student 

  • Valid passport. 
  • A copy of your WIT Letter of Offer.  
  • A copy of your SETU Waterford Letter of Acceptance. 
  • Proof of payment of one year's tuition fees. If tuition fees have been paid through TransferMate, the receipt for payment can be downloaded from your TransferMate account. If fees were paid by electronic transfer, you should also attach the confirmation of payment to the SETU Waterford bank a/c. 
  • Evidence to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. You are required to show that you or your sponsor has access to €7,000 per academic year. 
  • Proof of medical insurance. 
  • In some cases proof of English is required, such as an IELTS or TOEFL certificate. 

If you are an Exchange Student 

  • Valid passport 
  • A copy of your WIT Visa Support Letter - If a prospective exchange student is a Non-EU citizen, they will require a Visa Support Letter provided by the SETU Waterford Office for International Relations. To acquire a Visa Support Letter from SETU Waterford the student must first complete their online application following the approval of their nomination. Following the completion of their online application they can request a Visa Support Letter by emailing [email protected] 
  • For students from non-visa required countries and where the course of study is less than 6 months in duration, students are required to show evidence of access to €3,000 per academic year or €500 per month. 
  • Proof of medical insurance 
  • In some cases proof of English is required, such as an IELTS or TOEFL certificate 

Where can I get Medical Insurance? 

Medical insurance for non-EU nationals is a compulsory requirement when applying for an Irish student visa.  

The main insurance providers operating in the Irish market are: 

O'Driscoll O'Neil Study and Protect

Halligan Insurances

Voluntary Health Insurance Healthcare (VHI)

Laya Healthcare

Irish Life Health

Do I need Medical Insurance if I have Travel Insurance? 

For newly arrived first year students in Ireland Travel insurance may suffice where; 

  • The insurance covers the student for one full year or where the student is staying in Ireland for less than one year for the entirety of their stay 
  • The insurance coverage covers the student at a minimum of €25,000 for Accident and €25,000 for Disease 
  • The insurance coverage covers the student for any period of hospitalisation 

Where a non-EEA student intends staying in Ireland for more than one year, and where they were covered by travel insurance for the first year, that student is required to source private medical insurance in Ireland for their second and any subsequent years 

For further information please go to here and check the relevant document. 

Checking on your visa status 

• You should apply as early as possible (up to three months before the start date of your programme) for your visa as it can take up to eight weeks for it to be processed but in busy periods may take longer than this. 
• You can track your visa here which shows current processing times and visa decisions. These are updated weekly. 
• If you get approval for a visa, the Embassy to which you sent your documents will affix a visa to your passport. 
• You can contact our International Team if you are experiencing delays in receiving a decision. You will need to provide your visa application number, your country of origin and the course you have been accepted onto. Whilst we can contact the Visa Office on your behalf, it does not mean that any intervention will lead to a quicker decision. 
• If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision within 2 months. However, as this would affect your date of arrival in WIT, you would need to seek advice on a final acceptable arrival date from the course director/administrator. 

When can I travel after I receive my visa? 

You can travel to Ireland between the dates entered on your visa. You should carry your offer letter and any other supporting documentation from SETU Waterford with you on arrival at the airport. 

Arriving at the Irish Airport 

All non-EU/EEA citizens, whether visa-required or not, are subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry/airport. 

Please note: 

  • The Immigration Officer makes the decision on who is actually allowed to enter Ireland. 
  • He/she will stamp your passport for either one or three months. 
  • This means you must register with the Garda Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within the time limit stamped on the passport. 

To ensure you have no difficulties, it is recommended that you have the following documents ready to show to the officer: 

  • Passport (with entry visa if appropriate) 
  • Offer letter from WIT; 
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid and acceptance letter; 
  • Evidence of private medical health insurance, which must have a minimum coverage of €25,000 for in-hospital treatment in an Irish hospital. 

Do I need to register with Immigration in Ireland? 

If you are a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss citizen and you wish to stay in Ireland for longer than 90 days, you must apply for immigration permission and (if successful) then register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).  

How do I register with Immigration in Ireland? 

You can find information on how to register with the Irish immigration services here. This page also outlines what you need to bring with you to register for your Irish Residence Permit (IRP).  

  • You will notice that you are required to bring an acceptance letter from your school / college confirming that you are a registered student (Confirmation Letter) and that you have paid your course fees. This letter can be requested at http://www.wit.ie/letterrequests.  
  • If you are an international exchange student you do not need to show evidence of tuition fees paid or of funded research position 

Note: It will not be possible to collect your IRP at your first appointment. After your appointment, the Immigration Officer will be give you an appointment date to return to the office (usually within a couple of weeks) to collect your IRP and your passport will be also be stamped. 

You may also have to pay for a new IRP if your current card is lost or stolen. 

The Immigration Office in Waterford is located at the Garda (police) Station in Ballybricken. The Waterford Immigration Officer can be contacted by email at: [email protected] 

What an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) looks like 

The Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is a credit-card sized plastic card that displays basic information about you. This includes: 

  • Your name, photo, date of birth and registration number 
  • A brief description of your immigration permission, including your permission stamp number (usually Stamp 2 for students) 
  • A microchip with a copy of your photo, fingerprints and personal details as above 

The IRP does not give you any new rights or entitlements. For example, an IRP does not allow you to travel to or live freely in other EU countries. All existing travel and immigration rules still apply. 

It is your responsibility to check what you need to enter other countries before you travel. 

Below is an example of what an IRP looks like: 

Your IRP is a very important document. You must carry it with you at all times and present it to an Immigration Officer or a member of An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) if requested.  

Once you have registered with Immigration and are the holder of an IRP card, this will automatically allow you re-enter the Irish state if you leave at any time throughout the year. 

For more information, please go to the INIS website: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/about-registration-system  

I want to travel to another country for a weekend/holiday or to attend a postgraduate conference. Do I need another visa? 

If you need to leave the state prior to registering with Immigration and you are from a visa-required country, you should apply for a multiple re-entry study visa (when fist applying for a study visa to Ireland) which will allow you re- entry into Ireland without having to re-apply for a new study visa. You will also need to check with the Embassy of the country you are travelling to see if you require a visa to enter that country. 

If you are form a non-visa required country, you will also need to check with the Embassy of the country you are travelling to see if you require a visa. 

How and when do I renew my Irish Residency Permit (IRP) 

An Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expires after 1 year.  It is your responsibility to renew it for each year of your programme of study. You will need to meet the Immigration Officer in your locality every year to renew your IRP.   

Can I work whilst studying in Ireland? 

Non-EEA Students attending a full-time programme (does not apply for exchange programme students) and in possession of an IRP (Stamp 2) are entitled to work part-time provided that the course of study is included on the government's list of visa eligible courses. 

Non-EEA Students may only work 20 hours per week, except for two standardised periods: 

  • Summer holidays: 1st June to 30th September (4 months) 
  • Christmas holidays: 15th December to 15th January (1 month) 

During these periods, non-EEA students can work for up to 40 hours per week. These dates are fixed for all non-EEA students, regardless of the actual college teaching calendar for their programme. Non-EAA students will only be able to work full-time outside of these specific times if they avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme or obtain an Employment Permit. 

The right to work will cease automatically on expiry of a student's immigration permission. 

Can I carry out a work placement while studying in WIT 

Some students will complete a work placement as part of their programme in WIT. In this instance, students are entitled to work full time and to receive a salary. If you are placed outside of Waterford, you will need to register with the Local Immigration Officer in the new locality where you will be working. You will need to tell them the dates when you arrived and when you will finish.  

How and when do I renew my Irish Residency Permit (IRP) 

An Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expires after 1 year.  It is your responsibility to renew it for each year of your programme of study. You will need to meet the Immigration Officer in your locality every year to renew your IRP.   

You can find information on how to renew your IRP here. This page also outlines what you need to bring with you to renew your Irish Residence Permit (IRP).  

  • You will notice that you are required to bring an acceptance letter from your school / college confirming that you are a registered student (Confirmation Letter) and that you have paid your course fees. This letter can be requested at www.wit.ie/letterrequests.  
  • If you are an international exchange student you do not need to show evidence of tuition fees paid or of funded research position 

Can I work whilst studying in Ireland? 

Non-EEA Students attending a full time programme and in possession of an IRP (Stamp 2) are entitled to work part-time provided that the course of study is included on the government's list of visa eligible courses

Non-EEA Students may only work 20 hours per week, except for two standardised periods: 

  • Summer holidays: 1st June to 30th September (4 months) 
  • Christmas holidays: 15th December to 15th January (1 month) 

During these periods, non-EEA students can work for up to 40 hours per week. These dates are fixed for all non-EEA students, regardless of the actual college teaching calendar for their programme. Non-EAA students will only be able to work full-time outside of these specific times if they avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme or obtain an Employment Permit

The right to work will cease automatically on expiry of a student's immigration permission. 

Can I carry out a work placement while studying in WIT 

Some students will complete a work placement as part of their programme in WIT. In this instance, students are entitled to work full time and to receive a salary. If you are placed outside of Waterford, you will need to register with the Local Immigration Officer in the new locality where you will be working. You will need to tell them the dates when you arrived and when you will finish.  

Personal Public Service (PPS) Number 

All employees in Ireland have a PPS number for tax purposes. Therefore, if you are looking for a job, you must apply for a PPS number.  

Applications are made through your local social welfare office. In Waterford the address is: Government Offices, Cork Road, Waterford. Tel: 051 356000.  

You will need to ring and make an appointment. For your appointment, the following documentation must be brought:  

  • Passport  
  • IRP Card  
  • WIT Student Card  
  • Proof of Address (normally a bank statement in your name will suffice)  
  • Letter from the Office for International Relations. Please submit an online request here 

What is the Third Level Graduate Scheme (1G Visa) 

What is the 1G Visa?  

The intention of the programme is to allow legally resident Irish educated non-EEA graduates holding an award of a recognised Irish awarding body to remain in Ireland after their studies. This should be for the purpose of seeking graduate level employment and applying for either a general employment permit, a critical skills employment permit or a research hosting agreement.  

What are the conditions?  

In order to qualify graduates:  

1. Must have been notified in writing by the relevant awarding body or institution on or after 1 January 2017 that they have achieved the award for which they had enrolled as a student.  

2. Must hold a current Stamp 2 student immigration permission and an up-to-date immigration registration card, and must apply within six months of being notified by the relevant awarding body or institution that they have achieved the award for which they had enrolled as a student.  

3. Must not have already exceeded the seven-year limit on their permission as a non-EEA national student in the State.  

4. May, if having previously benefitted from the Third Level Graduate Programme at a level 8 award or above, on achievement of a higher level award, e.g. level 9 or above, re-enter the Third Level Graduate Programme, subject to the overall limit of eight years.  

5. will not be permitted to access the Programme on more than two separate occasions, subject to 4) above.  

6. Must, in line with the obligation on any non-EEA national seeking to renew their permission to be in the State, comply with the laws of the State. Such persons are expected to be of good character and not to have come to the adverse attention of the authorities in any way.  

7. Must present evidence of the final award being attained by way of a parchment or, in circumstances where the graduation ceremony is yet to take place, an official letter for the awarding body / institution confirming that the award has been achieved (Source: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Student%20Pathway)  

Documents Required:  

  • An original letter (on SETU Waterford headed paper) stating that you have completed the course of study satisfactorily and the date results were made available. This can be requested from the SETU Waterford Office for International Relations here
  • Current Stamp 2 student immigration permission (IRP); 
  • Current passport. 
  • Graduate Health Insurance; 
  • €300 fee.  

NOTE: Post Study Pathways are not available to Language and Non-Degree Programme Students  

For further information please see: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Student%20Pathway 

Twelve Month Graduate Scheme 

This scheme is open to a non-EEA student who has acquired an Honours Degree i.e. level 8 on the National Framework of Qualification from an Irish third level educational institution. 

Twenty Four Month Graduate Scheme 

This scheme is open to a non-EEA student who has acquired a Masters Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma or a Doctorate Degree, i.e. a qualification from level 9 – 10 on the National Framework of Qualification from an Irish third level educational institution.  Those eligible to remain for up to 24 months will be given permission to remain initially for 12 months, and will then need to renew their visa for a further 12 months.