Immigration Information


Immigration is permission to reside in a country. All non-EU student must register with Immigration to obtain long term permission from the Irish government to live in Ireland to pursue their studies.  Once registered visa requiring students will be able to apply for multi entry visas.

Registering with Immigration to Stay in Ireland

Why do I need to register with Immigration?

  • All non-EU students must register with Immigration to obtain long term permission to reside in Ireland.
  • An Irish Residence Permit card* is issued to students granted long term permission to live in Ireland.
  • Please remember that you are a guest in Ireland and the issuing of your Immigration/Residency/card is at the discretion of the Irish government.  
  • *Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is in effect since December 2017.  It was formally known as the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).  It is the same process, the name has just changed.

When do I register with Immigration?

  • Students should register with Immigration before the Immigration date stamped in their passport, at port of entry/airport, expires.
  • Registration with Immigration Services must be renewed annually on or before date of expiry - failure to comply will incur severe penalties including possible deportation. Each student is responsible for maintaining their own valid immigration registration and valid GNIB card. 

What do I need to register with Immigration for the first time?

IRP Form 1st Time registration 18.9.19

What do I need to do to renew my registration with Immigration each year?

IRP Form renewal 18.9.19

You must renew your registration at least 2 week period before the expiry date.

When do I get my Immigration IRP card?

After submitting documentation, if everything is in order, you will return to collect your IRP card approximately 2 weeks later.  Do not travel outside of Ireland without this card in hand.  

Where do I register with Immigration?


Immigration Office Address
An Garda Síochána 
Anglesea Street, Cork

Immigration Office Opening Hours 
Monday to Friday 
09.30 - 12.00 and 
14.00 - 16.00 (GMT)

Further Visa Information

Multiple Entry/Re-Entry Visa

No longer requird, as of 13th May 2019.

Transit Visa

If you are travelling through other countries before arriving in Ireland please check if a transit visa is required.

Schengen/Euro Visa

The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Ireland is not a member. Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area. Details are available at

UK Visa

Unlike Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK and separate visa and immigration requirements apply. Details are available at  and

Third Level Graduate Scheme

Since 2007 students graduating from third level institutions in Ireland may apply for theThird Level Scheme. The student may be issued with permission to remain in Ireland for 15 months working or searching for work. No work permit is required when availing of the Third Level Graduate Scheme often referred to as the Graduate visa. Details are available at


International Office

Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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