Visa and Immigration
If you are an international student it is important to understand the visa and immigration requirements for travelling and studying in Ireland.
In this section, you will discover information about visas and immigration, and medical insurance.
This information is intended as a guide only.
The most up-to-date and accurate guidance is available on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
Visa and Immigration
Depending on your nationality, you may require visa to travel to Ireland. You can check if you need a visa, and how to apply, on the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) website.
On arrival to Ireland, you will pass through border control. An immigration officer will check your documents and place a stamp in your passport. You must register with immigration before the date stamped in your passport.
You should pack all important documents in your hand luggage including Passport, Visa, IT Sligo Offer Letter, Tuition Fee Payment Receipt, Medical Insurance and Proof of Accommodation.
All students from outside the EU/EEA must register with immigration after arriving to Ireland. To register, you will need to make an appointment at local registration office (Sligo Garda Station) and the provide the required supporting documentation. The cost to register is 300 euros. After you have successfully registered you will receive your Irish Residence Permit (IRP). This will be valid for a specific time period. You must renew your registration before your IRP card expires.
You will need to renew your immigration permission / IRP before it expires. You will need to make an appointment at Sligo Garda Station and provide the required supporting documentation. The cost to renew is 300 euros.
Please see our Information Guide for further guidance on how to renew your registration and the required supporting documentation.
This scheme provides students from outside the EU an opportunity to remain in Ireland after graduation for a specific time period for the purpose of seeing graduate employment.
The scheme is open to graduates who have completed their studies in Ireland at a recognised educational institution and achieved a qualification at Level 8 or above in the National Qualifications Framework.
To be eligible for the scheme, graduates must meet the criteria listed on INIS.
To apply for a Stamp 1G, graduates will need to make an appointment at their local registration office and submit all required supporting documentation. In Sligo, the local registration office is Sligo Garda Station. Further information is available here.
Students from outside the EU are required to have private medical insurance during their time in Ireland. Your health insurance must meet the requirements of INIS and students are responsible for purchasing, and renewing, their own health insurance. You should read the policy documents carefully and ensure that it meets your requirements. Some of the companies in Ireland that offer health insurance include: Study and Protect, VHI, Guardme, Laya Healthcare, Irish Life and Aviva.
Students from the EU who have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can access public health services in Ireland. Please be aware that the EHIC does not provide access to private health services in Ireland. Students should apply for their EHIC card before travelling to Ireland. Information about using an EHIC card in Ireland is available here.
Working in Ireland as a Student
Subject to certain conditions, students from outside the EU can work in Ireland on a casual basis provided they have a valid Irish Residence Permit/Stamp 2 immigration permission. Students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week except during specific dates when they can work 40 hours per week. These dates are 15 December – 15 January and 1 June – 30 September.
Further information is available here.
If you are offered employment during your studies, you will need to apply for a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). This is a unique reference number that is used by state department including Revenue. Detailed information on how to apply for a PPSN is available on the Government of Ireland website.