When you decide to study in Ireland, you must be sure that you have sufficient funds to cover your educational and living expenses. While applying for a visa, you will be required to demonstrate your financial capabilities in this regard. The student immigration process is divided into two categories, based on whether you are applying for a degree programme offered by a higher education institution or whether you intend to pursue an English-language or non-degree course. Ireland visa applications have increased in recent years due to a fairly liberal immigration policy coupled with the high quality of living available here.
Study visas in Ireland permit students to live and work in the country while they complete the course, and they can work part time upto a maximum of 20 hours a week. Foreign nationals studying in the country can undertake a limited amount of work in order to help support themselves and dependents if any. Such visas are issued as either a "C visa" for those applicants whose courses will last less than three months, or "D visas" for those who wish to study in Ireland for longer than three months. A Graduate Programme will in some circumstance enable students to switch to an Irish work visa.
To be eligible for a student visa, the following criteria must be met:
- A letter of acceptance must be provided as proof that the applicant has been offered a place on a full time course of study at a recognized Irish educational institution. The course must involve a minimum of fifteen hours of study per week.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of enough funds to support themselves and any dependents joining them in the country.
- The applicant must show convincing evidence that he or she intends to return to their own country at the end of their period of study.
- Course fees should have been paid in full.
- Proficiency in English must be demonstrated.
- Documentary evidence of arrangements for private medical insurance must be provided.