If you are residing outside the Irish State and wish to apply for a visa, you must complete your application online at www.visas.inis.gov.ie. When you have entered all your details online, you will need to print a Summary Sheet. This will contain some of the information you have entered. The Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office, to which your online application has been directed, will be shown on this sheet and will include a website address for that office. You should check that website for details of how you should submit your application, along with your passport, photograph, appropriate fee, and all other supporting documents. Details of the fees payable and accepted methods of payment can also be found on that website.
Further information can be found at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.
When tuition fees have been paid in full and/or evidence of funding has been sent to Kimmage DSC, we can provide applicants accepted for admission with a formal letter for visa application purposes.
Visa applications can take some time to be processed after their arrival in the Visa Section in Dublin. To avoid delays in the issue of your visa, it is strongly advised that all applications are made at least EIGHT WEEKS prior to expected departure date, and that ALL supporting documentation is included with your application. So if you intend to join the Development Studies programme in September of any year it is imperative you apply for a study visa by early July of that year at the latest. Irish visa applicants’ passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Ireland following visits, so please ensure your passport is up to date.
Applicants for Irish study visas are expected to show they have sufficient English language capacity to fully participate in a chosen course of study and satisfy the Irish visa office in this regard. The Department of Justice Visa office in Dublin has recommended that all study visa applicants, regardless of nationality or educational background, undertake the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) English language test, and provide an original certificate with their visa application. Although not a mandatory requirement, failure to provide such a certificate may results in delays in processing a visa application, and possible refusal of same.
In general, a minimum overall score of 5.5 in IELTS is required to show capacity for study at Bachelors Degree or higher level in Ireland. (Note that in the case of Irish Aid Fellowship candidates, a minimum overall score of 6.5 in IELTS is required).
More information and Guidelines on Irish Student Visa Requirements can be found at the Department of Justice Immigration services website: www.visas.inis.gov.ie, or Department of Foreign Affairs website; www.dfa.ie, or are available from Irish Diplomatic (Embassies) and Consular offices abroad.