Immigration Information


The International Office will be updating this page as we receive updated Immigration registration guidelines from the Irish government for the academic year 2020/2021.  As soon as the information becomes available to us we will update our website accordingly- updated 22nd September 2020.


18 September 2020 - Minister Announces Further Temporary Extension of Immigration Permissions

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. 

Any permission that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th January 2021.

For full details please visit Inis


What is Immigration?

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.

Please read the following information carefully

New Appointment System For Immigration Registration.pdf

updated 16th July 2020





How to make an appointment?

  1. Email with your Name and Date of Birth to arrange an appointment to register.
  2. One person per appointment.
  3. Each Student must request their own appointment using their own email address.
  4. Block Booking of appointments is strictly forbidden.
  5. Only Arrive 5 minutes prior to appointment time.
  6. Strictly No queuing is permitted.
  7. Students should use their Debit/Credit Card instead of a Bank Giro, where possible, as this will minimise the number of visits to the Immigration Office.
  8. If a student is using another person’s debit/credit card, the cardholder must be present with Photo I.D., they should remain outside the Garda Station until they are called by the student and asked to present at the registration desk.


You must bring:

  1. Appointment Confirmation email;
  2. Completed IRP form;
  3. All original supporting documentation detailed on IRP form.



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 2020

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

IRP Renewal Form 2020

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

Additional Requirements for Unaccompanied Students under 18 years of age

All applicants must normally have reached 17 years of age by the 15th of January of the year following entry to UCC. 

According to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, unaccompanied students who are under 18 years of age must supply the following additional documentation;

  1. Birth Certificate- to be submitted with the application.
  2. Consent of parent/legal guardian- both parents/legal guardians must consent (in a notarised document) to the child coming to Ireland for study purposes and to the appointed legal guardian of the unaccompanied child student during the child's stay in Ireland.
  3. Copies of the biometric page of the parents/legal guardians passports or national identity cards showing their signature.
  4. Accommodation and vetting certificate of where the unaccompanied student will stay. Where the student is under 18 years, clearance from the Garda Síochána must be obtained in respect of where the student is living.

It should be noted that these immigration requirements may be subject to change, and incoming students should consult the INIS website for up-to-date information. 

In the absence of an adult who is willing to act as an appointed legal guardian for the duration of their stay, unaccompanied students under 18 years of age may wish to avail of the services of accredited guardianship agencies such as; or

Please also feel free to contact us with any queries you may have.


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 the Third 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

Working in Ireland


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Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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