How/Where do I apply for an Irish visa?
Application forms are available from your nearest Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office, or can be downloaded from the Department of Foreign Affairs website here.
How long will my visa be valid for?
The dates shown on a visa are the dates between which you may seek entry to the State.
What types of visas are there for entry to Ireland?
There are two types of visas – C and D.
How long can I stay in Ireland?
If you have been issued with a ‘C’ visa, this will be determined by an Immigration Officer. However, 90 days is the maximum duration you will be allowed remain in the State on this type of visa.
If you have been issued with a ‘D’ visa, the duration of stay will depend on a number of factors, including, for workers, the renewal of employment permits, or for students, satisfactory attendance & progress at school/college. You must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau who will decide on the duration you will be permitted to stay.
I am in Ireland and have a ‘C’ visa. Can I stay longer than 90 days?
No. The maximum time you can stay in Ireland on this visa is 90 days.
Will my visa be valid for multiple trips to Ireland?
All visa applications for long term stays in Ireland, e.g. for work or study purposes, will be valid for one trip only. Once you have registered with the GNIB you may apply for a multi- journey re-entry visa.
It is not our general practice to issue multiple-entry visas for short-term visits unless you have shown a compliant travel history to Ireland in the recent past.
If you have held 2 previous Irish visas and have observed the conditions of these visas – e.g. have not overstayed or worked illegally, then you may apply for a multi-entry visa.
What documents do I need to submit with my application?
There are certain documents that must accompany an application. This will depend on the type of visa applied for. You can find details here.
Please note that ALL documents must be in English, or accompanied by a notarized English translation. Applications with non-translated documents will be returned or refused.
How much does an Irish Visa application cost?
The non-refundable Visa Application Processing Fees apply as follows:
How long does it take to process an application?
In some cases, applications can be processed locally in the Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office in your country of origin in a very short period of time.
If your application does not fall into the category of applications that can be processed locally, it will be referred to Dublin for processing by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
To allow for the possible transfer of your application to Dublin you should submit your application 8 weeks in advance of proposed date of travel.
We advise applicants not to pay for airline or other travel tickets without having been issued with a visa.
I hold a valid Schengen Visa, do I need an Irish visa to come to the Republic of Ireland?
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?
You should apply for a visa in your country of residence. If however, there are valid reasons or circumstances which prevented you from doing so prior to your departure, you may outline these in your application and submit it to the nearest Irish Embassy/Consulate.
What do I need to do to travel to Ireland as a full time Student?
There are conditions that all students (both visa required and non visa required) must satisfy before they will be granted permission to remain in Ireland as a student.
With regard to Language and non-Degree Programme Courses you must be able to show that:
It is a requirement for non-EEA students who intend staying for more than 90 days to register with Garda National Immigration Bureau. Registration needs to be completed within 30 days of arrival to Ireland. The academic manager will assist the student with this process including preparing documents to open an Irish bank account and providing necessary school documents for immigration registration.
What happens when I first register? You will require proof of the following:
The main requirements for the medical insurance are:
Private medical insurance is acceptable, or the school can arrange medical insurance for you. Your registration will be for a maximum period of one year and will be renewable on an annual basis, up to a maximum of 3 years. There is currently a charge of €300 each time you register.
Second and Subsequent Registration
Renewal of registration may be granted if the following conditions are satisfied:
Students booking an Academic Year Programme (25 weeks or more) must register for a recognised English exam to be taken before the end of the enrolment period.
Working while studying
Non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in the State and registered for an Academic Year Programme (minimum course duration 25 weeks) are allowed to take up casual employment to supplement their income while studying in Ireland. During term time and during scheduled vacation periods non-EEA Students can work up to 20 hours per week. During specific vacation periods scheduled from December 15 to January 15 and from May to August students can work up to 40 hours per week.
1. Cancellation of courses and accommodation before arrival in Ireland when a student is refused a visa
2. Cancellation of courses and accommodation after arrival in Ireland when a student is refused a visa
3. Cancellation of courses and accommodation after a visa letter has been issued but before arrival in Ireland when a visa has not been refused
4. Course Refunds
5. Punctuality and Attendance
Whilst studying on a course listed on the ILEP, you must do the following:
6. Absenteeism and Expulsion
7. Sick Leave
8. Holidays and Breaks
9. End of Programme Exam Entry and Recording of Grades/Scores Received
10. Student Complaints and Grievances
11. Student Fees Protection
All students studying at Frances Kings School of English on a course listed on the ILEP are covered by our Learner Protection Policy. This policy is taken out by the school for each individual student with O’Driscoll O’Neill. The cost of the Learner Protection Policy is included in your programme fees and you will be issued with a certificate containing your personal details from O’Driscoll O’Neil through the school as proof of insurance.
In the event that your course at Frances King ends prematurely the insurer, through O’Driscoll O’Neill, will arrange for the student either of the following:
This applies to all programmes that start on or after the 1st October 2015.
12. Emergency Procedures and Contact Numbers
If you require to speak to a member of staff of Frances King school outside office hours or in case of emergency you can contact the following numbers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
13. Admissions Criteria for ILEP Programmes