Ireland visa guidelines for Singaporean students
If you are going to study for more than 3 months in Ireland and you’re a Singaporean citizen, you will not need to obtain a student visa prior to entering the country. However, you may need to show proof in the form of your acceptance letter from the university at the border control. You will also be required to register at the local Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB office) once you enter the country.
For a full list of other countries that are exempted from entry visa requirements to enter Ireland, click here.
Once in Ireland, you will need to locate your nearest GNIB office to make an official registration. At the GNIB office, you will be issued with a Registration certificate (GNIB card), which costs a processing fee of 300 Euros. Do take note that they do not accept cash, so ensure that you have the money in your credit/debit card or bank GIRO to make a payment when you arrive at the office.
You will also need to bring your passport, acceptance letter from the university, student ID card (issued to you when you study full-time) and evidence that you have at least 3000 Euros to support you for up to a year of study. If your course is less than 6 months, you will need to show that you have at least 500 Euros per month.
If you are based in Dublin, you will have to register at their main GNIB headquarters at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. They are open 8am to 9pm from Mondays to Thursdays and 8am to 6pm on Fridays.
For more information about other offices or their general rules about immigration, go to their official GNIB website.
If you would like to remain in Ireland after finishing your studies, you could find out more from our article about working in Ireland after graduation.
For more information about studying in Ireland, do check www.hotcourses.com.sg/ireland
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