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Student Visas

Before You Arrive

Many non-EU students need to apply for a visa to the Embassy of Ireland or the Consulate in their home country. This can take several months, so it’s important to allow plenty of time for this when planning for your admission date. For complete details of visa requirements and processes, please visit the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website:

You will need to supply the following documentation when applying for a visa to your local Irish Embassy:

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from CIT indicating that you have been offered a place
  • Letter from Institute indicating that the fees have been paid in full
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay
  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable


When You Arrive In Ireland

All non-EU students will need to register with the local Garda National Immigration Bureau within four weeks of arrival with the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • An entry visa (where applicable)
  • CIT student card
  • Evidence of financial support
  • A letter from CIT stating that you are a registered student 
  • Immigration Card Fee of €300
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