Information for Visa and Non-Visa Students

  1. You should have all documentation relating to your studies on your person when coming through immigration. In other words, you should have your letter of offer of a place from the RIAM ready for inspection at immigration.
  2. You must register in person, at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 90 days of arrival and after completion of registration at RIAM.
  3. When you register at the GNIB you will need to show them the following:
  • Proof that you have access to funding of €3000 in your bank account (This €3000 is in addition to the course fee).  You will be required to provide an up to date bank statement from an Irish bank (in your own name) showing these funds.  It will need to have an official stamp on it which can be requested from the branch you open your account with.
  • Provide the GNIB with a Letter of Acceptance from the RIAM stating the type of course (eg Degree) being undertaken and the duration of the course.
  • You will also need to show them a receipt confirming that you have paid fees to the college.  If the college fee is below €6000 then a receipt showing that the full amount has been paid must be shown, or if the fees are over €6000 you will need to provide them with a receipt indicating that at least that amount has been paid to the college.
  • You will need to have Private Medical Insurance at time of registration with the GNIB.
  1. The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card. The fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid in cash.  The registration will be for one year and will be renewable on an annual basis, up to a maximum of 7 years.

The address for the GNIB is:

Garda National Immigration Bureau
13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 666 9130/01

Mon. to Thurs.: 8.00am – 9.00pm
Friday: to

For more information please check:
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

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