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Information about the Immigration in Ireland

When arriving in Ireland

  • Immigration Officer at the port of entry will grant you a period of leave on your passport for you to remain in Ireland. 

  • You cannot remain in Ireland beyond the period of leave granted by the Immigration Officer.

  • You will be required to register in a Registration Office before your period of leave expires and obtain a residence permit.

At the Registration Office

Documents required for registering 

  • Passport 

  • Original acceptance letter from the college/university confirming that you have been accepted and enrolled in the course 

  • Proof that you have paid the college/university fees if applicableProof of scholarship funding if appropriate > Please check with the Registration Office and the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie if you are required to submit any other documents

  • Registration is done only after you have enrolled on your course in Ireland > If you are studying in Dublin, you will register in Dublin. If you are studying outside of Dublin, you will need to go to the nearest Registration Office to where you live

  • When you register, you are registering that you have permission to stay in Ireland to study for longer than 90 days. 

  • Immigration Officer will record your details. This includes your fingerprints, photo of you.

  • The officer will collect a Registration fee of €300 > You can pay by bank giro. The Dublin Registration Office and other larger Registration Offices can take credit cards or debit cards .)

  • Officer will - confirm your details and ask for electronically sign your fingerprints to confirm the details.

  • If the Officer is satisfied with your documents and your reasons for remaining in Ireland, the Officer will stamp your passport to grant you immigration permission to stay in Ireland.

  • The Officer will then register you and prepare to issue you with a registration certificate called an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) > If you register in Dublin your IRP will be sent to you by post.If you register outside of Dublin, the Officer will arrange a date/time for you to return to the Registration Office to collect your IRP.)

The IRP indicates that your permission to stay in Ireland has been registered and the type of permission you have.