Visa and Immigration Information for Students
European Union / European Economic Area Citizens
Citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area do not require a visa to come to Ireland. As a result, students from the following countries are not required to apply for a visa prior to coming to Ireland:
The following countries are in the European Union / European Economic Area:
Nationalities Not Requiring Visa to Land in Ireland
All Students of nationalities other than these countries are required to comply with Irish immigration requirements. Please note that citizens of certain countries are not required to apply for a visa in advance of arrival to Ireland. These countries are:
Antuiga & Barbuda
St. Kitts & Nevis
Trinidad & Tobago
If students from the above listed countries attend for a programme of more than 3 months, they will be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after arrival in Ireland. DCU Language Services can assist students with questions about this process.
***As of winter 2014 Venezuelan students require a visa to arrive in Ireland***
Nationalities Requiring a Visa for Ireland
Citizens of countries who are not listed in the above tables are required to apply for a visa to come to Ireland. These students should firstly apply for their course at DCU by going to www.english.dcu.ie/apply and completing the application form. After this process is complete and we have received the payment we can provide supporting documents to assist with visa application.
Visa Application Process
Please go to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website for full details on application procedures. Students should also check out the website of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs for details of the Irish Embassy attached to your country. Please note that while we can provide supporting documents for the visa application process it is the responsibility of the student to apply for the visa.
Note: Ireland is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. You will, therefore, still have to apply for an Irish visa even if you have a visa for a Schengen country.
MEI Pilot Programme for Students of China and Turkey
Please note that the MEI Pilot Scheme provides a fast-track visa process for students coming to Ireland for an English language programme. This scheme is applicable to Chinese and Turkish students only and is subject to Terms and Conditions. Please contact us for further information.
Stamp 2 Visa - Information about Allowed Working Hours
The permission to be in the State is a student pursuing full- time studies, the permission to work in a casual capacity is merely a concession, the primary purpose for being in the State is as a student.
Non-EEA students who are permitted to reside in the State on a stamp 2 are allowed to avail of a work concession. Since 1 January 2015 students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 are permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times they will be limited to working 20 hours per week. (*Note: from 1st September 2016 there has been a change to the months that a student can work for 40 hours per week - please refer to the notice Changes to the Employment entitlements of Non-EEA Students holding Immigration Stamp 2 – with effect from 1 September 2016).