Visa and Immigration
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 29th June 2021.
From 19th July 2021- EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)
15th June- Minister Humphreys announces lifting of temporary visa restrictions
- Restrictions, including the suspension of visa-free travel, lifted for nationals of South Africa, Brazil and other South American countries
- Move is in line with the Government’s Resilience and Recovery Plan for Living with COVID-19
- Travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with all public health measures
12 May 2021 - Designated states: Mandatory Hotel Quarantine Exemptions
There are now exemptions for fully vaccinates persons.
If you are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and have the documents to prove that, you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.
11 April 2021 - Designated states: Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
New countries to be added from April 15:
Kenya, Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Turkey, Ukraine, Bermuda, Canada, United States of America, Curaçao.
26 March 2021 - Minister McEntee announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions.
23rd March- Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
All passengers arriving into Ireland from designated States after 4am on the morning of Friday, 26 March are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.
5th March 2021 - Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
2nd March 2021 - Notice | Third Level Graduate Programme Update
Given the ongoing difficulties caused by Covid 19 and strictly on a one off basis, 2020/2021 international students who are otherwise eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme may remain in or return to their own countries to study online for semester 2.
Please read full advisory, as conditions apply.
17th February 2021- Mandatory Quarantine for Arrivals from 20 Countries
People arriving into Ireland from these countries will have to self-quarantine for a mandatory period of 14 days. The Government is due to publish legislation that will require such passengers arriving here to complete this quarantine at a designated facility.
Angola, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Zimbabwe
*Mandatory quarantine at a designated facility already required for persons who arrive from Brazil and South Africa.
29th January 2021 - COVID-19 Visa Arrangements
As part of Government efforts to tackle the pandemic, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has signed an order that will impose new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. This order and the associated measures came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 27th January 2021.
As of midnight 27th January 2021, in addition to countries who were visa required prior to that date, passport holders of the following countries are now also required to apply for an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, before travelling to Ireland:
- Colombia (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- Ecuador (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- Peru (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
- South Africa
- Suriname (transit visa now required – this country is already subject to entry visa requirements)
26th January 2021 - Government Introduction of Measures for International Travel
25th January 2021 - Update from Cork Immigration Office
This notice is for IRP Renewals. Please do not present with Letters from Student Central as these letters do not confirm fees are in order. The IRP Renewal form clearly states that the correct letter comes from the Student Records & Examinations Office. This is the only letter that confirms fees are in order.
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.
27th November 2020 - Update from Cork Immigration Office
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.
10th November 2020 - Visa Requiring Students
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.
28th October 2020 - Update from Cork Immigration Office
(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.
How Do I Register?
Visas and immigration compliance is compulsory. Please read this section carefully and in full. UCC invites students to study in Ireland, however it is the Irish government who has the power to decide if a student will be given permission to live in Ireland. Firstly, establish if you require a visa. Know what documents you need to travel to enter Ireland. Permission to reside long term (+90 days) in Ireland, for your studies, is awarded by the Irish government only after completing the Immigration registration process. Finally, check out the further visa information section which may help if you intend to travel outside of Ireland and if you wish to work in Ireland after your studies.
Please read the following information carefully
updated 13th July 2021
NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION
CORK CITY AREA
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND IN FULL
How to make an appointment?
You must bring:
Do I need a Visa?
What is a visa?
A visa is a certificate in your passport or travel document that shows you’re authorised to land in a country. Not everyone requires a visa but all non-EU nationals must comply with Immigration regulations.
What is immigration?
Immigration is permission to reside in a country.
Do I need a visa to enter Ireland?
Important Notice for all Indian Passport holders -Update 28 May 2019
- EU citizens do not require a visa to travel to Ireland.
- Visiting Students from the US do not require a student visa. They are however, required to register with Immigration in Cork.
- Check if you need a visa at www.inis.gov.ie. Please note first time visa applicants are issued with single entry visas only. Multiple entry visas are only issued after registration with the University and after registration for long term residency in Ireland is granted.
- If you require a visa please apply as soon as possible as processing times can be lengthy, typically 6-8 weeks, however may be longer depending on country of origin, peak season or other circumstances.
- All non-EU citizens must register with Immigration for long term residency, even if you do not require a visa to travel to Ireland.
- Everyone must clear through Immigration controls, at the port of entry/airport, to enter Ireland.
- The Immigration Officer decides who is permitted to enter the country.
- S/he will stamp your passport with short term permission to stay, normally for one month but up to 90 days. Please ensure your student status is recorded on entry as it is not possible to change status, for example from visitor to student, without exiting and re-entering the country.
- Long term permission to reside in Ireland is obtained by registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within the time limit stamped on the passport (please see the registering with Immigration to stay in Ireland section below for more information).
- We recommend that you have the following documents ready to show the Immigration Officer.
|Your valid international passport|
|Entry visa (if applicable)|
|Your UCC acceptance letter offering you a place on a full-time course|
|Evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship details or US Financial Aid|
|Private medical health insurance, with a minimum coverage of €25,000 for in-hospital treatment in an Irish hospital|
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)
Other 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 required, as of 13th May 2019. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Re-Entry%20Visas
Important Notice for all Indian Passport holders -Update 28 May 2019
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.
Full details are available on the INIS website and also in our section.
*Please note that you are only eligible to apply for the IG visa once you have received final and official results for your course. A statement of final results can be obtained from the Office of Exams and Records. There is no need for a transcript.