How to settle in Ireland
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I begin? Choosing a path and program
Fill out our application form. It is important to answer all the questions in as much detail as possible because each case is individual, and in order to find the optimal path, we need to know your background.
You can only get a work visa if you already have an invitation from your employer. There are 2 main types of work permits: General Work Permit and Critical Skills Work Permit. The second permit refers to professions who are currently included on the list of in-demand professions in Ireland. As of April 2021, these are engineers, scientists, nurses, doctors, architects, financiers, project managers, IT specialists, marketers, designers and others. The main difference from the general work permit is that the employer does not need to prove that it was not possible to find a suitable candidate throughout the European Union for this position. It is forbidden to issue work permits for some professions, mainly low-skilled ones. These are nannies, cleaners, waiters, beauty salon workers, hotel managers, salespeople, social workers, psychotherapists, fitness instructors and others.
The specialists in demand are listed by the Irish government on the Critical Skills Occupations List, which changes from time to time. According to the government, these are the specialists that the country needs at the moment.
An in-demand speciality allows you to reduce the time and resources you need to find a job and helps with obtaining a work visa. But even if your profession is not in-demand, you can still apply for a work permit and visa.
In Ireland, there are no age restrictions for study, but, of course, the visa officer will want to know why you suddenly decided to start studying again at 35 years old. Studying at a university will help your job search. Graduates in some specialities never look for work related to it and do not put it on their resume, they already have jobs lined up upon completing university. This is especially true for engineers, IT specialists and biochemists. Studying will not only allow you to get a very prestigious education and confirm your qualifications, but will also get you local experience. After graduation, you will be able to stay in the country for 1-2 years to work. Immigration through studying at university remains the surest way to immigrate at the moment.
To choose a field of study, you must take your previous work experience or qualifications into account. Training usually takes one year. You can choose programs that lasts 1.5, 2 or 3 years, but it often depends on your goals and financial ability.
Choosing an unfamiliar subject is undesirable since it can be hard to find a job after training due to the lack of experience. Moreover, you will face problems obtaining a student visa. The immigration officer won’t care about your reason for choosing a completely new field of study and will definitely decline a visa application. Our managers can help you with the program choice.
- You need to fill out an application form. It will help us study your case in detail.
- Next, we will decide on a strategy and choose a program. Immediately after, you can start collecting visa documents.
- As soon as you collect the documents, and the institute sends us an invitation to study, you can apply for a visa.
- After receiving preliminary approval, you pay for the tuition and receive a student visa.
The Kiwi Education project is focused on consulting on student visas. For work and other types of visas, you can use the advice of specialists from our Kiwi Immigration project. The cost of a consultation is £200. You can find other services by following this link.
Of course, whenever possible, we meet our students and conduct free seminars on adapting to life in Ireland.
All information is publicly available on the Government of Ireland website in English.
Education in Ireland
The two main intake periods are in September and January. Some universities and colleges also have an intake in May. In language schools, training starts every week.
The cost of education depends on the type of education provider. There are universities, institutes of technology and private colleges.
Universities are the most expensive and the requirements are high, but the knowledge you will gain is also high. Similar courses in private colleges are much more affordable, but it should be understood that low tuition fees influence teaching staff and other conditions.
Institutes of technology are the middle ground. You can get a good-quality education for a reasonable cost.
You don’t have to take any exams other than submitting a certificate of any international English test (IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE, etc.) Sometimes it’s necessary to provide other documents. For more information, apply to our managers.
They are points given for each subject (15-30 credits). To get a diploma of a certain level, it’s necessary to earn a fixed quantity of credits. A standard master’s program in Ireland contains 90 credits.
Courses in Ireland are taught in English. That’s why you’d better study the basics of English at home to understand everyday phrases and feel more confident during the lessons. For more information about language courses and our tips, see our website.
The cost can vary from €130 to €350 per week, depending on the school type and duration of the study. The longer the training, the lower the price per week. You can choose the duration of the course yourself, as well as the start date. We recommend that you devote 6 months (25 weeks) to studying at a language school. The maximum length of language courses in Ireland is 2 years (3 courses of 25 weeks each and 6 months of vacation in total).
IELTS can be taken in any certified centre.
If you don’t like IELTS or it doesn’t suit you, you can take one of the other official tests, including PTE, TOEFL, CAE, etc.
It doesn’t matter how you apply, it will cost the same. It’s the policy of the institutions. You’re more likely to get a discount if you apply with the help of Kiwi Education. Besides this, we help obtain a student visa and our work is free in 90% of all the cases.
You can postpone training both before and after applying for a visa. But there is a chance that this will entail additional financial costs since some of the documents provided will have to be updated.
If you want to radically change the profession radically, you’ll have to study from the beginning, so the duration will increase to at least 2 years. Thus, it’s important to understand that this drastic change will likely raise questions from an immigration officer.
So, think about possible proof of your interest in the new career. There can be some courses or contests you may have been involved with as a hobby. This can increase your chances of obtaining a visa.
If the occupation is in the skill shortage lists it means that it’s easier to find a job. But it doesn’t mean all other specialists will be unemployed. It’s really important to find the most logical path and your chances of obtaining a visa will increase.
The ministry specifies a period of up to 8 weeks, but on average it takes 4-5 weeks to process a student visa. Less in winter months, longer in summer. It is recommended to apply for a visa 2-3 months in advance.
The list of documents is rather long, and the exact list depends on your case. Therefore, we ask you to fill in our application form. If you have any questions concerning a visa, it’s better to contact specialists, since the immigration service website doesn’t contain all the information.
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All the documents must be translated by a translation agency. They should be certified with the stamp and don’t need the apostille. Some documents can be provided in English, such as international certificates, diplomas, reference letters or bank statements.
There is no need for an interview, all documents are considered remotely. However, the embassy sometimes calls or emails students to clarify some points on the visa or documents, or to ask for updated documents.
The visa is issued for 3 months, but upon arrival in Ireland, it can be extended for the entire period of study or for 1 year.
Study Visa. It allows you to work 20 hours a week during study and 40 hours a week during vacations.
The visa is usually issued for 3 months, but it can be renewed gradually every year while in Ireland.
No, you don’t have to.
Tuition fees and living costs
The embassy asks that the student pay at least half of the tuition fees prior to applying for a visa. The second half will have already been requested by the university either before the start of studies or in the first 1-2 months.
Some universities allow students to pay in installments, but this option is not available for most international students.
You can work for 20 hours a week.
The minimum wage in Ireland is €10.20 an hour.
Ireland is one of the least corruptecountries, therefore it’s it’s in your best interest to avoid violating the law. It can lead to deportation and you won’t be able to enter Ireland anymore. It can make visiting other countries complicated.
Earning minimum wage, you can cover part of your expenses for food and rental housing. But to save enough for education is practically impossible.
Your account must have at least €7,000, excluding tuition fees.
It must be a bank statement with transactions for the last 6 months. If you had major funds deposited, you have to explain them.
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It’s possible, but your sponsor has to provide some documents.
Opening an account in Ireland remotely is quite problematic.
To open a bank account, you need proof of your Irish address. You can provide bills in your name sent to an address in Ireland.
You can keep your money in your accounts in any currency. An officer will recalculate funds at current rates.
Insurance, visa fees, English exam and having documents translated are the main expenses.
For a better understanding, read our article “The cost of living”. We hope it is helpful.
Moving with a partner and children
Ireland does not provide visas for student partners. Sometimes the embassy issues partner visas to partners of PhD students. But this is an exception to the rule. Typically, the student’s family members must have their own reasons for staying in Ireland (study, work).
Schooling for one child starts at €20,000 per year.
Qualifications assessment and residence
After studying at a university, graduates of bachelor’s programs and above are eligible to apply for a graduate work visa for a period of 1 year. Graduates of master’s and higher programs can extend this visa once for another 1 year if they have not been able to find a job. On a work visa, you need to work for 5 years in order to be able to apply for permanent residence or citizenship.
Yes, but the university will not return your tuition fees, so it would be better to finish your studies and then look for a job on a graduate work visa.
Yes, it is possible, although not entirely consistent.
A partner and children can join you.
Kiwi Education work principles
We consult online, using different means of communication such as email, Telegram and Skype.
We have an office in New Zealand, but most of our consulting managers work from Russia. So, it’s easier to communicate with you using online consultations.
When we help students enrol in school, we get bonuses from the education providers. Therefore, our work (in most cases) is free for students. For the full list of our services, click here.