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 13th January 2021.
Government extends requirement for pre departure Covid-19 testing to all countries
The Government has announced the extension of the requirement for a pre-departure negative/not detected PCR tests to passenger arrivals from ALL countries from Saturday 16th January 2021. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. See full press release for further details.
22nd December 2020 - Minister Announces Further Temporary Extension of Immigration Permissions
This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21st January 2021 and 20th April 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices. This is the sixth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic. All such permissions that are due to expire from 21st January 2021 - 20th April 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th April 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.
Update from Cork Immigration Office - 27th November 2020
Letter of Registration- All students need to have the original hard copy of their UCC Letter of Registration. For anyone unable to visit the Exams and Records Office in person immigration will accept a pdf copy, but it must be printed off. This will be kept by immigration for their records.
All other documents required by immigration need to be original hard copy documents. Digital copies will not be accepted.
Visa Requiring Students - 10th November 2020
If you are visa requiring you will need a valid multiple entry/single entry visa OR a valid IRP card to leave and re-enter Ireland. If you have an IRP card that has been automatically extended (see advisory dated 18th September below) you will still need a visa to re-enter Ireland.
Update from Cork Immigration Office - 28th October 2020
(i) Current wait times for acknowledgement of appointment request is 4-5 weeks.
(ii) Following the acknowledgement of your email the current wait time for appointments is 2-3 months.
(iii) If you are visa requiring you need a valid multiple entry visa or valid IRP card to leave and re-enter Ireland. If you have neither, you will need a visa to re-enter Ireland.
(iv) If you are not visa requiring and have no valid IRP card you will need evidence you have initiated the immigration process to re-enter Ireland.
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
updated 16th July 2020
NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION
CORK CITY AREA
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND IN FULL
How to make an appointment?
You must bring:
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. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/irish-residence-permit
What do I need to register with Immigration for the first time?
What do I need to do to renew my registration with Immigration each year?
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;
- Birth Certificate- to be submitted with the application.
- 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.
- Copies of the biometric page of the parents/legal guardians passports or national identity cards showing their signature.
- 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; https://godsil.ie/universityguardianship/ or https://www.irishedgroup.com/university-placement
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. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Re-Entry%20Visas
If you are travelling through other countries before arriving in Ireland please check if a transit visa is required.
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 http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/.
Unlike Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK and separate visa and immigration requirements apply. Details are available at https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa and www.inis.gov.ie.
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