What is an Irish Student Visa?
An Ireland Study visa allows foreign nationals to Ireland, including Canadians, to enter the country for study purposes. There are two types: the Short Term Study Visa and the Long Term Study Visa. Whichever you apply for will depend on the duration of your study in Ireland and your course.
With a student visa, Canadians in Ireland are allowed and required to:
- Progress academically and pass exams to advance to the next year of the programme.
- Provide proof of full payment of all course fees via bank details and bank statements.
- Stay in Ireland for a maximum of seven years.
- Maintain medical insurance through private medical insurance.
Note that the Irish Study visa does not allow holders to:
- Access public benefits.
- Change from a degree programme to a language or non-degree programme.
What is a Long Stay Study Visa?
With a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa to Ireland, foreign citizens can enter Ireland to complete a study course that lasts longer than 3 months. To be eligible for this student visa, Canadian applicants have to be enrolled in a full-time course in Ireland when submitting their visa application, and their course has to be a part of the “Interim List of Eligible Programmes,” which is posted by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
While this student gives you permission to enter Ireland, to stay longer than 3 months, applicants have to complete their visa application by registering for an Irish Residence Permit at the visa office by a local immigration officer who will confirm the length of the stay.
For students who wish to work, the long-term student visa is a good route, as it permits casual employment on a part-time basis during the semester time but full-time during any holiday.
When applying for the long stay study route, you will be required to provide proof of your course, accommodation and sufficient funds to cover at least your first year in Ireland.
What is a Short Stay Study Visa?
For Canadian students who only wish to enter Ireland temporarily to complete a short-term study course or to sit an exam, the Short Stay ‘C’ Student visa should suit them fine. This permit allows foreign citizens to stay in Ireland for up to 3 months.
To be eligible for this student visa, Canadian applicants have to be enrolled in a course in Ireland when submitting their visa application.
It is important to note that Short stay ‘c’ visas are not extendable. After the 3 months are up, you have to return to Canada. Also, this student visa does not permit working.
What is the Ireland Study visa application process?
The study visa is done via an online application process. You will be required to provide a few details in the online application form, including personal information, contact details and the reason for your trip to Ireland.
Once you submit the form, you will be provided with your application summary sheet. On there, you will find information regarding the application office to send your supporting documents.
All the documents must be original documents and in English or Irish. If not in those two languages, they will have to be translated by a certified person.
Original documents such as marriage/birth certificates will be returned however, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned. If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, you are to provide a list of these documents with the application.
The supporting documentation is as follows:
- Application summary form
- A valid passport and any previous passports
- Details of your study course in Ireland which confirm that you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education (if applicable)
- A detailed Letter of application where you explain why you want all course fees have been paid in full
- Proof that you meet the minimum English language requirements per the English language course (if applicable)
- Two passport-size photographs
- Proof of sufficient funds showing you can support yourself
- Proof of registration for medical insurance
There are additional documents needed if the applicant is under 18 years old.
- The birth certificate
- Consent of their parent/legal guardian, via a notarized document which confirms the parents/legal guardians’ agreeance to the child coming to Ireland for study purposes and that the school/host family/education agency is the legal guardian of the unaccompanied child student during the child’s stay in Ireland.
- The parent’s/guardian’s passports or valid travel document
- Accommodation and vetting certificate
Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be asked to provide additional supporting documents. You may also be asked to provide biometrics information as part of the application process.
How much money is considered “sufficient funds?”
If you want to apply for the Long Stay Study Visa, the minimum financial requirements are:
- You have at least €7,000 (9,386.34 Canadian Dollars) in savings at the time of submitting your application
- You or your sponsor have access to at least €7,000 (9,386.34 Canadian Dollars) for each subsequent year of your studies
Also, you will be required to show proof you can cover your tuition fees and your visa application fee. The visa application fee will depend upon which visa you are applying for.
The fees for visas are:
- Single entry: €60 (80.45 Canadian Dollars)
- Multi entry: €100 (134.09 Canadian Dollars)
Getting Permission to Remain in Ireland with a Long Stay Study Visa
Canadian students who wish to study in Ireland for more than 3 months must register with the local immigration officer for the district/town/area in which they are living in Ireland after they have passed border control.
During this registration appointment, their Canadian valid passport (or other foreign passports) will be “endorsed” with the conditions and period of time for which they have permission to remain in Ireland. If all goes well, applicants will be provided with a Valid Irish residence permit.
An Irish Residence Permit is a card that highlights your legibility to remain in Ireland through the type of immigration permission you have, represented by a corresponding stamp number. Each stamp shows what you can do while you are here. It is recommended to keep your card with you at all times to avoid any issues with the immigration service.
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The ability to work in Ireland while on the Student Visa depends upon which visa you are on.
Holders of the Long Stay D Study Visa have the right to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during breaks.
Those who have the Short Stay Study Visa to Ireland are not allowed to work while in Ireland, which includes volunteering.
No, applicants do not require an Irish sponsor to apply for the Study Visa to Ireland. However, all applicants have to meet the minimum financial requirements. For the Long Stay ‘D’ Visa you have to show that you have immediate access to at least €7,000 and that you can access an additional €7,000 for each year of your study course.
You may have a sponsor in order to help you meet the financial criteria if you do not have enough finances yourself, but it is not required.
If you were unable to sit certain exams due to circumstances beyond your control, like an accident or illness that can be supported by medical evidence, it is possible to maybe extend your permission for four months in order to take the exams.
Also, if you can demonstrate that your exam results were very close to the passing mark or that you passed the majority of other modules, your extension will be considered.
The extension will not be possible for a year.
It will completely depend on where you live and what lifestyle you enjoy. However, on average, we estimate that a student will spend between €6,000 (8,038.05 Canadian Dollars) and €11,000 (14,736.42 Canadian Dollars) per year.