Ireland Student Visa Procedures
Just like any other country, candidates from non-EU Countries need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Ireland. You need to apply for the Irish Visa at least three months before your intended travel to Ireland. Here, we will discuss the process of applying for the Irish student visa.
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Research on the available types of visa you need and apply online
Surf through the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (LINK) and analyse on the information related to student visas. Since you will be applying for a Master’s Degree, you need a visa corresponding to support your application for an NFQ Level 9.
Apply online for the student visa on the same website.
Once you have applied, you will receive a summary application sheet showing your entered information. It will also have details about whether you need to go personally to the Visa Application Centre and provide your biometrics (fingerprint/eye scan) and submit your documents first hand. If your presence is required, the summary application sheet will instruct you on the same, and you will have to pay all the service fees and book an appointment. This sheet will also have your Application Transaction Number, which will represent your application id.
Pay your Visa fee and extra charges. Buy additional services if required
Schedule your Visa appointment
Now that you are required to go to the Visa Application Centre VFS Global, you are supposed to book for an appointment. After completing the payment procedures, you can schedule an appointment on the website.
Assemble all important documents
You need to carry along all the essential documents for the visa application. Firstly, get your application receipt and payment confirmation printed to be carried for the appointment. Apart from these, you need to take other documents like your acceptance Letter, application summary sheet, photographs, passport, proof of paying college fees, etc. You will be informed of the same by email, or you can check their website.
Your application will not be accepted and forwarded at the Visa Application Centre if any document(s) is/are missing. Instead, you will be provided with a chance to submit the missing documents only if you can provide it on the same day. Else, you are required to cancel your application, or you can reschedule it to another day.
Attend your appointment
Arrive at least 20 minutes early for your appointment. If they are free, you will finish off the procedures early. Carry all the necessary documents. You need to take a token for your turn. Once the procedures are completed, you will get an acknowledgement receipt.
Make arrangements for Documents collection
Now that you have finished all procedures, make arrangements on how you would like to get your documents. You can either visit the office in person and collect it, or have it sent to your home by post.