CITIZENS FROM EU/EEA AND SWITZERLAND
It is not necessary to register with the immigration authorities.
ALL OTHER STUDENTS (INCLUDING NON-EU STUDENTS WHO DID NOT NEED A VISA TO ENTER IRELAND)
All non-Irish nationals who are not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland must register in person with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). You must be a fully registered student of DCU to register with INIS. You must register within the time limit which was stamped on your passport when you arrived at Dublin Airport. INIS will issue you with an Irish Residence Permit/IRP. This gives you permission to remain in the State. The fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, debit card, or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash.
If you are from a non-EU country and you did not need a visa to enter Ireland you are still required to register with INIS (e.g. US, Japanese and Malaysian citizens)
- Log on to http://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie/
- Click on “Make Appointment” and select your preferred date and time
- Confirm your appointment and print your appointment confirmation
- Request your INIS Registration Letter from the International Office. Request this letter not more than 7 days before your appointment date (see below)
- Attend your appointment, ensuring that you take the full set of required documentation with you (see below)
You MUST arrive to your appointment at the exact time you have booked.
If you cannot attend your appointment please log in to the above link, cancel your appointment and make a new one.
You MUST bring all required documents with you to your appointment or your INIS registration will not be processed.
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is located on 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
You must request an INIS Registration Letter via the online letter request service on
Please do not request this letter until you have made your appointment with INIS.
This letter is only valid for 7 days. Please do not request this more than 7 days in advance of your appointment.
You will need to take the following documents with you for your appointment:
- Your valid passport
- Your DCU offer letter
- INIS Registration letter from DCU
- Your DCU student card
- Evidence of private health insurance
- Evidence of financial support; e.g., current statement from your Irish bank account showing your name and balance of at least €3000*, or a letter from your sponsoring body confirming financial status.
- €300 fee (must be paid by credit card, debit card or bank giro. No cash accepted)
- Evidence of your appointment with INIS
* Single semester students must have €500 for each month of their stay in Ireland. They are not required to open an Irish bank account.
Renewal of Irish Residence Permit/IRP
If you are an International Undergraduate student who has studied in Ireland for an academic year and are passing on to the next year of study, you must re-new your Irish Residence Permit/IRP. Some Postgraduate students will also need to renew if their stay here goes past the permit dates (in order to take into account repeat exams, graduation). Please make sure your medical insurance has also been renewed for this period as you will not be able to renew the residence permit otherwise. The renewal fee is €300.
Please follow the same process as above to make your appointment with INIS and ensure that you take with you all requirement documents.
Please consult the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland regularly for changes to the above: http://www.inis.gov.ie/
CITIZENS FROM EU/EEA AND SWITZERLAND AND STUDENTS WHO DID NOT REQUIRE A VISA TO ENTER IRELAND:
It is not necessary to apply for a re-entry visa.
ALL OTHER STUDENTS WHO REQUIRED A VISA TO ENTER IRELAND:
If you intend to travel outside Ireland (including to Northern Ireland) for holidays or any other reason you must apply for a re-entry visa. There are two types of re-entry visas - Single Entry and Multiple Entry. You are advised to obtain a multiple-entry visa as it will allow you to leave and re-enter Ireland an unlimited number of times within the time frame of your re-entry visa.
IMPORTANT: You must apply for a re-entry visa before you leave the country if you are intending to return to Ireland. It is not possible to apply from your home country. Do not leave Ireland without receiving a re-entry visa as you may have difficulty returning to the country. Please ensure that you make your application well in advance of your intended travel date.
INIS Update re Re-entry Visa On-Line Appointments 03/03/2018: "The On-Line Appointments service for customers seeking Re-entry Visas from Re-entry Division, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service will cease as and from the Monday, 3 September, 2018 with the exception of emergency re-entry visa on-line appointments. All applications for re-entry visas will now be received through the registered post postal system. Customers are advised to submit their postal applications 5 to 6 weeks prior to travel.”
As part of your Re-Entry Visa application pack, you must request a Re-Entry Visa Letter from the DCU International Office via the online letter request service: www.dcu.ie/international/letter-request.shtml
This letter is only valid for 7 days. Please do not request this more than 7 days in advance of your application.
You will need the following documents when applying for a re-entry visa:
- A completed application form
- Valid passport (and entry visa)
- Irish Residence Permit/IRP
- A passport sized photograph (see instructions on application form)
- The appropriate fee (Bank draft or postal order made payable to the Department of Justice and Equality).
You must apply for a re-entry visa by Registered Post:
- Download and complete an application form from the INIS website
- Include all required documents
- Send application by registered post only - applications submitted by ordinary post will not be processed.
- Send application 5 to 6 weeks before you intend to travel as it can take up to 6 weeks to process application
- Your Re-Entry visa will be sent to you by return registered post to the address provided by you.
To download a Re-entry Visa Application Form and for more information on the application process you should visit:
Re-Entry Visa Fees
The Single Entry visa costs €60 and the Multiple Entry visa costs €100. It is possible to reserve an emergency appointment for Single Entry visas in urgent cases. This costs €160. You must pay by bank draft or postal order only. These should be made payable to the Department of Justice and Equality. Credit/debit cards, cash or personal cheques are not accepted.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL PLANS BEFORE YOU HAVE SECURED YOUR VISA FOR TRAVEL.