post study work & visa guidance

Why Ireland

Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. 


  • STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for Higher Education Achievements
  • BENEFIT from Ireland's investment in the education system
  • CHOOSE  from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications
  • ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes
  • CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland
  • ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe's most entrepreneurial country
  • JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland's vibrant culture
  • LIVE in the only English speaking country in the Eurozone
  • EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world
         Ireland and a map of the World

Ireland's Strengths

  • A Friendly, Safe Environment
  • English Speaking Country
  • Extensive Choice of Courses
  • Internationally Recognised Qualifications
  • Long Tradition in Education Excellence
  • Innovative and Creative Culture
  • Leading Global Companies in Ireland
  • Best for Entrepreneurs and Business

Having Fun in Ireland
  • Arts & Culture - Ireland's celebrated traits
  • Festival Fun
  • Beautiful Ireland
  • Mystical Ireland
  • Adventure - Living on the edge!
  • Historic Ireland
  • Sport


Universities in Ireland
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) - Study in Ireland
Dublin City University (DCU) - Study in Ireland
National University Ireland, Galway (NUI-Galway) - Study in Ireland
University Limerick (UL) - Study in Ireland
University College Cork (UCC) - Study in Ireland
University College Dublin (UCD) - Study in Ireland
National University Of Ireland, Maynooth - Study in Ireland
Institutes of Technology in Ireland
Dublin Institute Of Technology (DIT) - Study in Ireland
Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology (GMIT) - Study in Ireland
Waterford Institute Of Technology (WIT) - Study in Ireland
Dundalk Institute Of Technology (DKIT) - Study in Ireland
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) - Study in Ireland
Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) - Study in Ireland
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) - Study in Ireland
Institute of Technology, Carlow (ITCarlow) - Study in Ireland
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) - Study in Ireland
Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) - Study in Ireland
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) - Study in Ireland
Institute of Technology, Sligo (ITSligo) - Study in Ireland
Institute of Technology, Tallaght (IT Tallaght) - Study in Ireland
Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee) - Study in Ireland
National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges
Shannon College of Hotel Management - Study in Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - Study in Ireland
Institute of Public Administration - Study in Ireland
Milltown Institute - Study in Ireland
National College of Art and Design - Study in Ireland
St Angela's College - Study in Ireland
Independent Private Colleges
European Business Institute, Galway (EBI) - Study in Ireland
HSI Limerick Business School - Study in Ireland
Dublin Business School (DBS) - Study in Ireland
Griffith College Dublin - Study in Ireland
American College Dublin (AMCD) - Study in Ireland
And Many more Universities and Colleges



Tuition Fees - Tuition fees range from 9,000 to 30,000 Euros per year depending on the course and institution.
Living Cost – Living cost ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 Euros per year.

Job Opportunities

Students in Ireland are permitted to work part time during semesters and full time during vacations. Ireland has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe. Students can expect to earn substantially to support their living expenses during their studies in Ireland. Also, Ireland has Sandwich courses which contain paid Job Placements, which help students to earn while studying. Students are also entitled to post study work permit in Ireland after completing their degree


Northern Ireland

Q.1  Will an Irish visa allow me to travel to Northern Ireland?

No. If you wish to travel to Northern Ireland, you will require a UK visa.

Northern Ireland consists of Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

If you are travelling to the Republic of Ireland, and you intend to also visit Northern Ireland and return to the Republic, you must obtain a multiple-entry Irish visa and a UK visa.

If your main destination is Northern Ireland but you arrive in, and depart from the Republic of Ireland, you must first obtain a UK visa, and then a multi-entry Irish visa.


Q.2  I hold a valid UK Visa. Do I need an Irish visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland?

Ireland and the UK have different visa requirements. You should first Check if you need a Visa for Ireland.

In general, a valid UK visa does not allow travel to Ireland. For exceptions to this, please click here.


Q.3  I live in Northern Ireland and hold a valid UK visa. Do I need an Irish visa to enter the Republic even on a short trip?


You must show Immigration Officials at border crossings that you have a valid Irish visa.


Q.4  I am legally resident in Northern Ireland, where can I apply for an Irish visa?

You must apply online. For information on applying for a visa, please click here.  Your application will be processed by the Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, London.



Schengen Acquis

Q.5  I hold a valid Schengen visa. Do I need a separate Irish visa to come to the Republic of Ireland?

Yes. Ireland is not part of the Schengen Acquis.

Spouse/civil partner of Irish national

Q.6  I am an Irish national. My spouse / civil partner is a visa required national.  Do they need a visa to visit/live in Ireland?

Yes. For information on applying for a visa and the various types of visas please click here.

<Applying for an Irish visa outside of country of residence

Q.7  I will be travelling to, or I am already in, another country on a short visit before travelling to Ireland. Can I apply for my Irish visa in the Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office there?

No (unless Q8 applies to you). Visa applications should be made in your country of residence. If however, there are valid reasons or extenuating circumstances which prevented you from doing so prior to your departure, you should discuss the matter with staff at the nearest Irish Embassy, Consulate, or Visa Office.


Q.8  I am the immediate family member of a national of an EU Member State. I will be travelling to, or I am already in, another country on a short visit before travelling to Ireland. Can I apply for my Irish visa in the Irish Embassy/Consulate there?

Yes. Your application may be submitted to any Embassy/Consulate however, the staff there do not have to process the application, and may refer the application to the INIS in Dublin, for processing.

Accelerated processing

Q.9  Can my application be processed more quickly?

In order to ensure that all visa applicants receive fair and equal treatment, applications are dealt with in the order that they are received.

In exceptional cases, where it can be demonstrated that extenuating circumstances exist, applications may be processed ahead of schedule.

For more information on processing times refer to our current processing times page


Q.10  Does my child need a separate visa to travel with me?

Yes. Each child must have a visa in their own name. This applies even if the child is included on your passport. A separate Online Visa Application must be completed for each child and the relevant fee paid. The fee for a visa is the same for adults and children.

E-mails claiming to be from an office of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service or the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Q.11  I have received an email that claims to be from an office of the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service or the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. I have concerns that it may be visa scam. Is it genuine?

No. If you receive a request alleging to come from an INIS office or a Department of Foreign Affairs embassy requesting bank details or money, please contact visamail@justice.ieto investigate.

Criminal record

Q.12  I have a criminal record. May I apply for a visa?

Yes. Full details of your criminal record must be provided with your application.

However, please note that a history of serious crimes, serious breaches of immigration law or presentation of false documentation or making of false statements in support of an application can, of themselves, be reasons for refusal of a visa for which an appeal may not be allowed. This is the norm in many countries.

Refusal of my visa application

Q.13  My visa has been refused and I am waiting on a refund from the university/college. Can the INIS help?

The refund of fees is a civil matter i.e. a private matter between you and the university/college. The Irish Immigration & Naturalisation Service has no involvement in such matters.

However, the Irish Council for International Students may be able to assist. Please visit their website for further information:



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Universities across Ireland offer education in many fields and also give you opportunity to study in the world�s best institutions.

  • Arts & Design
  • Business Administration
  • Finance & Economics
  • Engineering
  • Fashion & Textile
  • Hotel Management, Culinary/Pastry/Cookery
  • Information Technology
  • Management & Commerce
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Psychology, Counseling and Social Sciences
  • Research, PHD
  • Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy & Health
  • Mass Communication
  • Advertising  & Communication
  • Chef Program
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance & Commerce
  • Informatics and Business Systems
  • Law
  • Dentistry & Health
  • Politics and Policy
  • Tourism
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports Management
  • Public Administration


Facts About Ireland:
• Ireland is located in the north‐west of Europe.
• Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern.
• Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.
• Capital of Ireland is Dublin. Cork, Galway & Limerick are some of the popular.
• Cities of Ireland.
• Official language of Ireland is Irish and English.
• Population of Ireland in approximately 46 Lakhs and the urban population of Dublin is approximately 12 Lakh.

Why Study In Ireland:-
• A friendly, safe country.
• English speaking country.
• World class Universities.
• Masters degree of 1 year.
• Post study work visa of 1 year.
• Low cost of tuition fees & accommodation.
• Internationally recognized qualifications & extensive choice of courses.
• European Headquarters for IT & Pharmaceutical companies.
• Approximate 4000 IT job opportunities in companies like Google, Intel, Microsoft etc., at Ireland.
• Chance to get indefinite right to stay (Permanent Residency).

Education System:-

Universities: There are seven Government‐funded universities providing Undergraduate, postgraduate & research degree programmes.

Institute of Technology’s: There are 14 government‐funded institutes of technology. They offer a wide variety of programmes which can be both academically and vocationally focused.

Colleges: Mostly private, they offer a range of programmes including professional certificates, diplomas, undergraduate & postgraduate degrees in a diverse range of subjects.

Intakes: January (for colleges only), and September.
• Students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during studies and 40 hours per week during vacations.
• All master’s and bachelor(honours) students get one year and ordinary bachelors students get 1 Year open Job search Visa. If the student gets a job during this duration then he gets additional two years work Visa.

Entry Criteria: -

• Minimum 70% in class 12th for universities,
• 60% for Institute of Technologies,
• 50% for Private Institutions with IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 Bands & PTE, Overall 52, with no band less than 50.

• Minimum 60% in Graduation with IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 Bands. PTE 60, with no band less than 54.
• Generally, Universities of Ireland do not offer pre‐sessional courses hence, students not meeting the English language requirements, need to re‐take the test and improve their IELTS scores. Dublin Business School is exception as they offer 1 term and 3 term pre‐sessional English Language courses depending upon the IELTS score.

Post Study Work Rights:- The Third Level Graduate Scheme is designed to allow foreign graduates from outside the European Economic Area who acquired a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution to remain in Ireland for six months to one year period (depending on the level of the course undertaken), starting on the date Upon which the person receives their exam results. The purpose of the permission to remain under this Scheme is to seek employment and gain a Green Card or Work Permit.
The period for the Graduate Employment Scheme was extended from 6 to 12 months, with effect from 28th October 2010, for students whose degree is at a minimum of level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students on level 7 will only be offered the 6 month Scheme, as before.

Visas: - Visas can be obtained in two ways:
1) Normal student visa‐ processing time 4‐6 weeks.
2) Through Approval in principle scheme‐ processing time 5‐7 weeks.

Under this scheme, applicants for a study visa from India, who have been accepted on to a HETAC (the Higher Education and Training Awards Council in Ireland) approved course, can apply for a study visa without having to pay the requisite college fees in advance. Fees need only be paid when the visa application has been approved. Once evidence of the Electronic Fee Transfer has been submitted to the visa office New Delhi the visa will be issued. Electronic Fund Transfer is the only acceptable method of fee payment recognized by the Irish visa office, New Delhi.


• You can apply for a visit (family/friends) visa if you would like to travel to Ireland to visit family or friends who are resident in Ireland.
• You can apply for a visit visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.
• If you are visiting another state prior to travelling to Ireland, you must have the relevant visa for that state in your passport before applying for an Irish visa.

How to Apply: - You must apply online for a visa. When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation.
The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.
You may be required to provide your Biometric Information as part of the application process.

Travelling to Ireland as a tourist: If you will be visiting Ireland for a short period (less than 3 months) and you require a visa, you must present the following documents with your completed and signed visa application form:
• Full details of the reason for your visit - for example to see friends or family.
• If you plan to stay in a hotel, you will need written confirmation of the hotel booking containing the dates of your proposed stay.
• A letter from a reference in Ireland inviting you to come to Ireland. The letter should include contact details for the reference, proposed dates for your stay and details of where you will be staying during your visit.
• Written undertakings from both yourself and your reference, confirming that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiration of your permission to remain.
• Details of your relationship to your reference, or how you are known to each other, along with supporting evidence of this.
• If your reference is not an Irish citizen, evidence of their permission to remain in Ireland. (That is, a copy of their Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card and copy of their passport showing immigration stamps)
• Evidence of how you intend to finance your trip and support yourself for the duration of your visit, allowing for any unforeseen events such as illness. A detailed bank statement, covering a 6 month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover all costs, is required.
• Evidence that you are obliged to return to your country of residence. This evidence can take the form of a letter from your employer detailing when you are expected to return to work or a letter from a college specifying the date on which your course of study re-commences. If you do not work or study, a letter from a person in authority may be sufficient.

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