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Visas

Everyone arriving in Ireland has to pass through Immigration control. If you have obtained all the necessary documents in your home country before leaving, you should not have any problems on arrival.

Applying for a Student Visa to Enter Ireland

Students from certain countries will need an entry visa before arriving in Ireland. Check the www.inis.gov.ie website to see if your country is exempt or requires one. You must complete the online visa application using AVATS - the on-line facility at www.visas.inis.gov.ie.

We recommend to students that they receive the help of an agent for their visa application

You should read the visa application details very carefully and understand what documents you are required to submit.

Checking on Your Visa Status

You should apply as early as possible for your visa for it to be processed. Each country will have a different processing time, which can range from one week to four months.

You can track your visa on the www.inis.gov.ie website. This shows current processing time and visa decisions, and is updated weekly.

If you are refused a visa you may appeal the decision within 2 months. However, as this would affect your date of arrival in NCI you may need to seek advice on latest possible arrival date from our International Office or potentially defer until the next intake.

Our tips to help you with your visa application:

  1. Check the Irish Embassy details where your documentation is to be sent.

  2. Check what the processing time is for your country and make sure you apply in adequate time.

  3. Ensure your passport is valid for 12 months.

  4. Make sure you have your health insurance before you submit your application.

  5. Show that you have enough money to support yourself while in Ireland. The visa office normally requires €7,000 of available funds or an education bond.

  6. Make sure you explain any gaps in your CV.

  7. Explain why you want to be a student at NCI and what you plan to do after you graduate.

  8. Make sure you understand your chosen course and its modules.

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