For students who need a visa to enter Ireland, it is recommended that you contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in your country for full visa information. To apply for your study visa you must prepare a number of documents for your application. Your application should be submitted to your closest Irish Embassy or Consulate. If your country does not have an Irish mission, you should forward your complete visa application to our admissions officer who will submit on your behalf to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. A list of Irish Embassies and Consulates overseas can be found by visiting www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie
Please refer to this website or your nearest Irish Embassy for full details and updates on the visa application process.
For a successful visa application the following documents should be submitted at minimum. Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required:
- 3 Passport Photographs
- Proof of payment of course fees to Irish Business School
- Acceptance letter from Irish Business School with proof of enrolment on the stated course
- Completed Visa Application Form
- Completed Student Visa Declaration Form
- Education documents from High School and University, where applicable, relevant academic qualifications and exam transcripts
- English proficiency certificate such as IELTS or TOEFL
- Evidence of finances – you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of the programme. The Immigration Office recommends students have access to €7,000 per year for living expenses
- Proof of Medical Insurance – IBS will help you get the correct medical insurance
- Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
- Evidence of previous work experience
- Copy of valid passport (must have 6 months validity from the date of course completion). You must submit a copy of every page
- Details of any family members living in Ireland or the EU
- A statement of purpose explaining why you wish to study in Ireland
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae with no gaps in history
- A reference letter from your school/college if you are currently a student
- A letter from your employer if you are currently working. (This letter should confirm your position and salary. If currently in employment, evidence of your salary received such as a recent payslip, the length of leave being granted to study abroad, and the purpose of participating in the proposed course of study must be stated.)
The Department of Justice in Ireland has issued the following guidelines for preparation of your visa application
- All copied documentation must be notarised, and official translations must be submitted where documentation is not in English.
- All references and documentation must be on official letter-headed paper, which includes contact addresses and telephone numbers. Please note that references may be checked by visa officials, and that students may be required to attend an interview.
- You must have financial documents showing that you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your studies in Ireland. You should submit a recent bank statement in your own name to show evidence of this. Statements must be translated into English and accompanied by details of official conversion rates. If an immediate family member is funding your studies, please submit a bank statement in their name, along with a notarised affidavit of support from them. You should also provide evidence of your relationship.
- If your studies were funded by a scholarship please provide details of the funding and a letter in support of this.
Please note that although you may be permitted to work part-time in Ireland during your studies, these potential earnings will not be taken into account when assessing your financial capabilities
It is very useful to visit the Health Services Executive website before you visit Ireland to ensure you know exactly what to do if you should become ill – www.hse.ie
Our Admissions Officer will arrange health insurance for you at a cost of €99 per year. It is advisable to take out Travel Insurance which includes health cover no matter what country you are coming from. Please ask your Student Agency or Travel Agency for details in your own country. It is also advisable to have “Repatriation Insurance Cover” which will return you to your own country in case of emergency.