How do I apply for a student visa?

To apply for your study visa you must prepare a number of documents for your application. Your application should be submitted to your closest Irish Embassy or Consulate. If your country does not have an Irish mission, you should forward your complete visa application to Limerick City College for submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

A list of Irish Embassies and Consulates overseas can be found by visiting the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs website to locate your nearest Irish embassy for full details and updates on the visa application process.

Guidelines the Department of Justice in Ireland has issued for preparation of your visa application can be found by clicking here.

Please see below for a detailed list of documents you need to provide in order to apply for a study visa:

Documents provided to you by Limerick City College:

    • Letter of Offer from LCC
    • Receipt of fees evidence from LCC and Bank of Ireland
    • Private medical insurance. This is arranged for you by LCC and details will be given in your Letter of Offer and Receipt of Fees letter

Please see below for a detailed list of documents you need to provide in order to apply for a study visa:

Documents provided by you:

    • 3 copies of the visa Online application form summary available from
    • A copy of AVATS Online Visa Application
    • A copy of your birth certificate
    • 3 passport photographs
    • Detailed CV/resume
    • A signed student affidavit/declaration
    • If you are being sponsored, an affidavit/declaration from your sponsor(s)
    • A certificate of relationship between you and your sponsor(s)
    • A statement of purpose/study plan explaining why you wish to study in Ireland
    • Your previous academic records (relevant academic qualifications and exam transcripts: certificates and mark sheets from high school and university)
    • Translated copies of your academic records if issued in another language than English
    • Proof of English language standard where English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS)
    • A reference letter from your school/college if you are currently a student
    • A letter from your employer if you are currently working (this letter should confirm your position and salary. Your employer should also state the length of leave being granted to study abroad, and the purpose of participating in the proposed course of study. If currently in employment, evidence of your salary received such as a recent payslip)
    • Fees should be transferred to the bank account details as outlined below
    • Recent bank statements (no older than three months)
    • Your sponsor(s) payslips if employed, or trade licence and tax income certificate if owner of a business
    • A police clearance certificate
    • Copy of valid passport (it must have 6 months validity from the date of course completion) and a copy of every page must be submitted
    • The required application fee
    • Details of family members living in Ireland or the EU
  • Account Name: Limerick City College
  • Bank Address: 125 O’Connell Street, Limerick, Ireland
  • Sort Code: 90-43-09 | Account No: 63353460 | IBAN: IE80BOFI90431763353460

Please note that although you may be permitted to work part-time in Ireland during your Studies, these potential earnings will not be taken into account when assessing your financial capabilities.

Please also note that all copied documentation must be notarised, and official translations must be submitted where documentation is not in English.

All reference and documentation must be on official letter-headed paper, which includes contact addresses and telephone numbers. Please note that references may be checked by visa officials, and that students may be required to attend an interview.