Visas & Immigration

Who needs a student visa?

All students holding a non-EU passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland. There are two categories:

  • Students who need a visa before they travel to Ireland
  • Students who can enter Ireland without a visa and apply for their student visa after they arrive in Ireland, with the assistance of the Griffith College International Office.

Find out what you need to enter Ireland based on your nationality here.

Where do I apply for my student visa?

Students who need a Student Visa to enter Ireland should contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in their home country for full visa information.

For a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates click here.

How do I apply for my student visa?

The following is the list of key documents required for the student visa application.

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. Click here for a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates. Students can also refer to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website for detailed information.

  1. Visa application form
  2. Student visa declaration form
  3. Education documents from high school and university where applicable
  4. Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate e.g. IELTS
  5. 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 your programme of study. The INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) recommends students to have access to at least  €7000 per year for living expenses
  6. Proof of Medical Insurance 
  7. Proof of course fee payment
  8. Proof of enrolment on the stated course
  9. Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
  10. Evidence of previous work experience, if any
  11. CV, detailed student's academic/professional history to date

Please also note your current passport must be valid for at least 12 months after your proposed date of arrival in Ireland.