Yes - A visa is required for travel to Ireland

Friday, August 14, 2020

US passport holders do not require a visa in advance to enter Ireland; however, for enrolled study in Ireland, all non-EEA nationals (this includes US nationals) need Permission to Remain in the State.

The following information is provided as guidance only, this process takes place in Ireland; requirements are at the discretion of the Irish authorities.

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Special Instructions:

Permission to Remain in Ireland is a statement of the conditions on which a non-EEA national is permitted to remain in the State and the duration of that permission. It is given on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality in the form of a stamp (endorsement) in your passport. A residency document - Certificate of Registration - may also be issued for the same period of time as the stamp (endorsement) placed in your passport.

Additionally, an immigration officer has the right to request any other information s/he deems necessary in connection with entry. The final decision on right of entry rests with the immigration officer at port of entry and it is not possible to obtain pre-entry clearance.

Persons entering Ireland for study for a period longer than 90 days are required to obtain Permission to Remain within the first week following their arrival by reporting to the Aliens Registration Office, An Garda Siochana, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 or if outside the Dublin area, to the local Police Superintendent's Office. An unauthorized overstay could result in prosecution, imprisonment, and a fine.

Applicants must bring the following documents with them:
- A valid passport
- A round trip ticket
- 4 passport sized photographs
- Letter of registration from college I school verifying the duration I nature of the course or examination
- Evidence that the necessary fees have been paid
- Evidence of private medical insurance.
- Completed Aliens Registration Form - available from local Irish police stations
- Evidence of sufficient funds of support for the duration of stay (statement of earnings, bank statement, credit/debit cards, traveler’s checks, etc.)

Evidence of sufficient funds can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
a) A notarized statement from your parent(s)/guardian(s) in which they guarantee support during your residence in Ireland
b) A financial aid award letter from the Irish institution
c) A bank letter verifying that you have sufficient funds on account or that you regularly deposit an amount that would support you while in Ireland

Visa Processing Time:

Chicago:The Consulate of Ireland in Chicago is experiencing processing delays due to high seasonal volume. Some delays may occur with the submission and pick up of visa applications. Processing time is currently 60 days. Please take this into account when submitting your visa application.