Ireland Visa

Information about different types of Visas.

Who can apply?

You can apply for this visa if you are working outside Ireland and want to come to Ireland to carry out activities relating to your job.

Activities relating to your job includes attending meetings, attending trade shows for promotional work, arranging deals or negotiating or signing trade agreements or contracts, carrying out fact finding missions and other similar activities.

You can apply for a business visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

If you are visiting another state prior to travelling to Ireland, you must have the relevant visa for that state in your passport before applying for an Irish visa.

What do you need to get a Ireland Business Visa?

How to apply
  • You must apply online for a visa.
  • When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system.
  • The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation.
  • The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.
  • You may be required to provide your Biometric Information as part of the application process.
  • If you submit any false or misleading information, or false supporting documentation as part of your application, it may result in the refusal of your application without the right of appeal.

    It may also result in your being prevented from making further Irish visa applications for a period of 5 years.

A guide to supporting documentation is set out below.
How long does it take?

The Irish Embassy advises that you should apply 8 weeks before your travel date.

Activities not permitted with a Business Visa

You are not permitted to:

  • Undertake other paid or unpaid work.
  • Access any public funds.
Supporting documentation guide
Please note:
  • The documents below are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances in the country from which you are applying.
  • The onus is on you to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted for the purpose sought.
  • The submission of any or all of these documents does not guarantee that your application will be successful.
  • Original documents must be provided.
  • If you submit a document that is not in English/Irish, it must be accompanied by a full translation.

    Each translated document must contain:

    • Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
    • The date of the translation.
    • The translator’s full name and signature.
    • The translator’s contact details.

  • All letters submitted from a business, company or other organisation should be on official headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified.
  • These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted.
  • The Visa Officer considers each application on its merits and may request additional information or documentation.
Important supporting documentation
  • If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.
  • You must submit a signed and dated summary application form.
  • You must also make full payment of the appropriate fee.
  • Alongside the above conditions your application must be accompanied by the supporting documents set out below:
    • Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old
    • Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back
    • Your current passport and a full copy of any previous passports
    • Your current passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from Ireland
  • If you are not a national of the country from where you are applying, you must submit evidence of your permission to be in that country e.g. a residence card.
  • You must also have at least 3 months permission to be in that country after your intended date of departure from Ireland.
  • A signed letter of application including your full contact details and outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland.
    • The letter must state how long you intend to stay and give details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State.
    • The letter must provide details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland and state who will bear the cost of your trip. This may be yourself, or a third party funding the costs of the trip.
    • The letter must present an undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.
  • Details of your accommodation and travel details, for example:
    • Hotel/guesthouse/hostel booking confirmation (may be by email)
    • If staying with a host you must submit a supporting letter from the occupant confirming the accommodation details that you are able to stay with them
    • Travel booking including air fare tickets and their confirmation notices (may be by e-mail)
    • Travel agent confirmation (may be by e-mail)
  • You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months. You must submit this whether or not you are covering the costs of the visit yourself.
    • Bank statements must be on headed paper - internet printouts will not be accepted.
    • Your name, address, account number and account type must be visible on the statement.
    • Any large lodgements of funds must be explained.
    • If you are sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must also include a letter from your bank confirming that you are allowed to withdraw money from that account.
    • If a third party is covering your costs, you must show how you are linked/known to this person.
    • There is no set amount of funds that will result in the approval or refusal of an application.
    • The Visa Officer will decide whether you have enough funds based on your individual circumstances.
Link to Host Company in Ireland

You must include an invitation letter from the host company in Ireland detailing:

  • The nature and duration of your business trip, who will cover the cost of the trip and how you will be supported for the duration of your stay inclusive of travel, accommodation and living expenses etc.
  • Supporting documentary evidence must be provided, where applicable, evidence of a prior link between both companies e.g. communications with regard to the current trip.
  • Evidence of your obligations to return to your country of permanent residence.

    As you are applying for business visa which is a form of short stay visa for Ireland, permitting a visit of less than 90 days, it is important that you provide evidence that you have strong family, social or economic ties to your country of residence.

    This is necessary in order to satisfy the Visa Officer that you will leave Ireland on, or before, your intended date of departure from Ireland.

  • It is your responsibility to provide this evidence and our staff at Velvet Visas can assist you with advice in this regard.
Please note that all of the information that you provide must be in the form of documentary evidence which can be verified by the Visa Officer.
Suggestions on how to show evidence of your obligations to return
Employed

A letter from your employer detailing:

  • How long you have been employed there and the dates that you will be on leave.
  • The nature and duration of the business trip.
  • Who will cover the cost of the trip.
  • How you will be supported for the duration of your stay inclusive of travel, accommodation and living expenses.
  • The date you will be expected to return to work.
  • Evidence of a prior link between your company and the host company in Ireland e.g. communications with regard to the current trip.
Self-employed

If you are self-employed, you must provide a letter detailing:

  • Full details of the nature of your business.
  • The nature and duration of the business trip.
  • Who will cover the cost of the trip and how you will be supported for the duration of your stay inclusive of travel, accommodation and living expenses etc.
  • The date that you will return to your business in your country of residence.
  • Evidence of a prior link between both companies e.g. communications with regard to the current trip
  • You must also provide documentary evidence that your business is currently trading e.g. financial business accounts, most recent tax return, current receipts etc.
  • Details of any family members living in your country of residence

    If you are married or have any dependent children, you must submit your marriage certificate and birth certificates for the children.

  • Evidence of any property you own/rent e.g. Title deed/tenancy agreement
All letters submitted should be on official company headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified.

These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted).

Medical/Travel Insurance

Evidence of medical/travel insurance does not need to be provided with your application. However, the Visa Officer may request it before they make a decision on your application.

If your visa is approved, you must have evidence of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry (airport/seaport) and must present it to the Immigration Officer on request.

Previous Visa Refusals

If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details.

  • The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.
  • Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.
Return of documents
  • All documents accompanying your application must be originals.
  • You should keep copies of all the documents that you provide.
  • Original documents such as marriage/birth/death certificates will be returned to you.
  • However, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned.
  • If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, please provide a list of these documents with the application.
  • The Economy of Ireland

    The economy of Ireland is a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment.

    In terms of GDP per capita, Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD and the EU-27 at 5th in the OECD-28 rankings as of 2008.

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  • Investment Opportunities

    Ireland presents great investment of opportunities to business people in various sector of the economy. From the service industry to hi tech.

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  • Embassy of Ireland

    Below is the website of the embassy of Republic of Ireland

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    Click the link below to read Irish Immigration legislations

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Would you like to visit Ireland on business?

Visitor Visa

A short stay 'C' visit (tourist) visa allows you to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days for:

Tourism

Study, e. g a short-term English language course

This visa does not allow you to:

  • Do work (paid or unpaid) of any kind
  • Use any publicly funded services, eg a public hospital
  • To do something other than tourism or short-term study – e. g to work, do business, visit family or friends - apply for a different visa. Read the general assessment criteria for all short stay 'C' visas.
How to Apply

You must apply for a visa from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident. Prepare your application 3 months before you travel.

Your application has 3 parts:

  • Submit a visa application online
  • Pay the visa application fee
  • Send your passport, proof of fee payment & other documents for processing.
For more information on Ireland Visitors visa click here

Would you like to visit Ireland on vacation?

Family Visa

Join Your Family in Ireland

Please note that if you are Nigerian national the Non-EEA Family Reunification Applies.

Government Policy on Non-EEA Family Reunification

If you wish to come to Ireland to reside for longer than 3 months with a family member who is an Irish citizen or who is lawfully resident in Ireland you can apply for a long stay (join family) visa.

A comprehensive statement of national immigration policy on the area of family reunification is contained in the Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification This document is a pdf published on 31 December 2013.

The policies outlined in the document apply to all decision making in relation to family reunification cases where ministerial discretion applies including long stay (join family) visa applications.

The policies do not apply to:​

  • Applications pursuant to Directive 2004/38/EC on the rights of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States.
  • Applications for family reunification by recognised refugees or persons granted subsidiary protection.
Before you apply for a long stay (join family) visa please read the Policy Document carefully to find out:
  • Who is eligible to be a sponsor for the purposes of an application for family reunification.
  • Who may be sponsored and the eligibility requirements.
  • Whether waiting periods apply before a person becomes eligible to sponsor.
  • Whether a sponsor must achieve a minimum level of earnings prior to being eligible to sponsor
  • What a person who is granted a join family visa may do in Ireland
  • How dependency is measured when this is adduced in support of an application for family reunification.
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Why Study in Ireland?

  • STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements.
  • BENEFIT from Ireland's investment in the education system
  • CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications
  • ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes
  • CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland
  • ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe's most entrepreneurial country
  • JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland's vibrant culture
  • LIVE in an English speaking country
  • EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world

The Irish Government invests over 782 million annually in research in Ireland's higher education institutions. The impact of this funding is that Ireland's higher education institutions now lead the world in an increasing number of fields.

  • Admission
    Admission in Ireland

    The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities also offer February intake.

    English Language Requirement

    English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, so students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level Programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 90 Internet Based Test. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programmes for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country.

    Entry Requirements

    International students wishing to study in Ireland have two options:

    • Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and in Nigeria, these examinations include Senior Secondary Certificate Examination conducted by WAEC and NECO. For detailed information regarding whether your qualification will be recognised when you apply for a particular course or programme, please contact the Admissions Office of the university where you wish to study.
    • Student can also apply to the institutions directly or to the Central Applications Office for Undergraduate Programmes.
  • Visa Process
    Student Visa Process

    Ireland student visa allows you to reside in the country for the long-term course of your studies in a recognized college, or other educational establishment. Like most other countries, Ireland requires candidates from many non-EU countries to have a visa to come and study in Ireland. If you are a citizen of any of the non-EU countries on this list you will need a visa to study in Ireland.

    The student immigration process is divided into two categories, based on whether you are applying for a degree programme offered by a higher education institution or you intend to pursue a non-degree course.

    Studying in Ireland is quite a popular option for undergraduates across the world; Ireland offers a long history of excellence in learning with nine universities, fourteen institutes of technology and a host of other educational establishments. Velvet Visa Services will process your application according to all the Irish migration requirements thus boosting your chances of successful application.

    Student Visa Requirement
    • Acceptance letter.

      Evidence that you are enrolled in an educational institution, in a course that involves at least 15 hours of daytime tuition per week.

      • This letter must name you (the applicant) and verify the title/duration of the course.
      • It should also confirm the amount of fees payable for your course, and that this amount has been paid.
      • If the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf, details of this must be contained in this letter of acceptance. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organise this yourself and provide evidence with your application.
    • Evidence of Payment of Fees.

      Evidence that all fees have been paid prior to the visa application being submitted. These applications should contain either:

      • A copy of an Electronic Transfer of Funds from the applicant to the Irish Bank of the college, showing details of the beneficiary's name, address, bank details and the same details for sender and a copy of a letter/receipt from the Irish college confirming that the fee has been received or
      • A valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fees payment service.
      • Where the course fees are less than €6000 fees must be paid in full to the college. Where the course fees are in excess of €6000, you must pay at least this amount. The minimum amount is an Immigration requirement. However, the college you wish to attend may require full payment of fees.
    • English Language requirement

      English language certificate, except for cases when the applicant is enrolling in an English language course. Accepted certificates include IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge FCE.

    • Proof of Sufficient Funds

      You must provide evidence that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses. You must show you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment.

      In order to provide evidence of access to sufficient finances you will need:

      • A detailed statement of your bank account covering a six-month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
      • Produce official confirmation that you are in receipt of a scholarship

        Note: The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is €7,000.

      • You must demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
      • Where NON-EEA Students are studying for a period of less than 6 months the non-EEA Student must have access to €500 per month of the stay or €3000 whichever is the lesser.
    • Medical insurance

      Private Medical insurance cover is required.

      Your college may arrange this on your behalf. If so, details of this must be included in your Letter of Acceptance from the college. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organise this yourself and provide evidence with your application.

    • A valid passport

      A valid passport for at least 6 months after completion of your course.

  • Financial Aids
    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Education in Ireland provides a guide to scholarships and other possible funding opportunities for international students. As Ireland is a member of several international exchange scholarship schemes, you can also contact the Federal Ministry of Education to ask if there are any scholarships for which you might be eligible to apply.

    Some Irish universities and Institutes of Technology offer a limited number of partial scholarship schemes. Usually you can only apply for such scholarships after the university/institute has offered you a place. You should contact the International Office at an institution directly for more information about this possibility.

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  • University List
    Universities in Ireland
    Universities & Colleges in Ireland
    • Dublin City University
    • National University of Ireland
    • Maynooth University
    • NUI Galway
    • University College Cork
    • University College Dublin
    • University of Limerick
    • University of Dublin
    • Trinity College
    Recognised under the Institutes of Technology Act 2006 as amended
    • Dublin Institute of Technology
    • Athlone Institute of Technology
    • Institute of Technology, Carlow
    • Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
    • Cork Institute of Technology
    • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
    • Dundalk Institute of Technology
    • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
    • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • Limerick Institute of Technology
    • Institute of Technology, Sligo
    • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
    • Institute of Technology, Tralee
    • Waterford Institute of Technology
    • National institutions
    • Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
    • Garda Síochána College
    • Military College, Curragh Camp
    • National Ambulance Service College
    New Brunswick
    • St Angela's College of Education, Sligo NUIG
    • Church of Ireland College of EducationDU
    • Marino Institute of EducationDU
    • Mary Immaculate College, LimerickUL
    • St. Patrick's College, Thurles UL
    Recognised, associated or constituent colleges of Irish universities
    • All Hallows CollegeDCU
    • Institute of Public Administration UCD
    • Irish School of Ecumenics DU
    • Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy NUI
    • National College of Art and Design UCD
    • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland NUI
    • Shannon College of Hotel Management NUI
    • Uversity NUI
    • Independent education[edit]
    • See also: List of further education colleges in the Republic of Ireland
    • Abbey School of Theatre
    • American College Dublin
    • Burren College of Art
    • Cavan Institute
    • Cenit College
    City Colleges
    • College of Computer Training
    • College of Progressive Education
    • Cork College of Commerce
    • Digital Marketing Institute
    • Digital Skills Academy (validated by Dublin Institute of Technology)
    • Dublin Business School
    • Dublin Institute of Design
    • Edgewater College
    • Gaiety School of Acting
    • The Grafton Academy of Fashion Design
    • Griffith College Cork
    • Griffith College Dublin
    • Griffith College Limerick
    • Hibernia College
    • Honorable Society of King's Inns
    • IBAT College Dublin
    • Independent College Dublin
    • Irish Bible Institute (a component of the University of Wales)
    • Irish Management Institute
    • Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    • Mallow College of Further Education
    • National College of Ireland
    • Newman College Ireland
    • Pitman Training Ireland
    • Portobello Institute
    • The Priory Institute (validated by Institute of Technology, Tallaght)
    • Royal Irish Academy of Music
    • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
    • St. John's Central College, Cork
    • St Michael's House
    • St Nicholas Montessori College
    • St Patrick's College, Maynooth (also known as Maynooth College or Pontifical University, Maynooth
    • St. Patrick's, Carlow College
    • Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Pearse Street, Sallynoggin
    • Setanta College
    • Boston College Ireland, Dublin
    • Duquesne University - students study in UCD and stay at Duquesne University's St. Michael's House facility
    • University of Notre Dame - have two centres in Ireland, the new Notre Dame Center at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara and O'Connell House in Dublin with students studying at Trinity or UCD.
    • Sacred Heart University - has an Irish studies base in Dingle, Co. Kerry
    • Open University - the UK based Open University has an Irish office in Dublin.
  • Living Cost
    Living Cost
    Cost of Living

    Every year estimates are published which give an indication of how much it costs to live as a student for one academic year (nine months) in Ireland.

    Visit the websites below for detailed information on the cost of living for international students in Ireland:

    DIT (Dublin) Cost of Living Guide

    Click here to learn more

    UCD (Dublin) Cost of Living Guide

    Click here to learn more

    Recent figures for Dublin have ranged between €10,000 and €15,000, largely depending on the type of accommodation chosen. These estimates include rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but exclude tuition fees.

    Rents and many prices are cheaper for those living outside of Dublin so lower overall costs can be expected.

    When moving to Ireland for study, you should make sure to allocate a budget for one-off start-up costs - such as buying kitchen items, bedding, mobile phone, etc - and also for any international travel you plan during the year.

  • Country Facts
    Country Facts
    Cost of Living

    Every year estimates are published which give an indication of how much it costs to live as a student for one academic year (nine months) in Ireland.

    Visit the websites below for detailed information on the cost of living for international students in Ireland:

    • DIT (Dublin) Cost of Living Guide

      Click here to learn more

    • UCD (Dublin) Cost of Living Guide

      Click here to learn more

      Recent figures for Dublin have ranged between €10,000 and €15,000, largely depending on the type of accommodation chosen. These estimates include rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but exclude tuition fees.

      Rents and many prices are cheaper for those living outside of Dublin so lower overall costs can be expected.

      When moving to Ireland for study, you should make sure to allocate a budget for one-off start-up costs - such as buying kitchen items, bedding, mobile phone, etc - and also for any international travel you plan during the year.

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