Most non EU students coming to ATU must obtain a study visa before travelling to Ireland.
Countries Requiring Visas
A full listing of the countries requiring visas can be obtained from the Irish Department of Justice (external link) or by contacting the ATU International Office.
Full details of the visa requirements can be found on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website (external link). There is a special section devoted to Student Visa Guidelines which explains the documentation which must be provided.
Processing times can vary between countries and visa office, embassy or consulates. They can also vary during high volume periods during the year. Allow a minimum of 8 weeks from the date on which your documents are submitted to the relevant Visa Office. You should refer to the website of the relevant visa office, embassy or consulate that is handling your application (please note processing times will vary depending on your location). If your application is being processed by the Visa Office in Dublin you can check the date of the applications currently being processed on the Visa Decisions page. You may also be able to track your visa application on the VFS website (external link).
Re-entry into Ireland
If a non-EU student wishes to return home or travel outside Ireland during their studies, a re-entry visa is no longer required. Your IRP card will act as your re-entry visa.
Arrival in Ireland
When you arrive in Ireland the International Office will provide you with more information about registering at the local Immigration Office and will arrange an appointment for you.
Atlantic Technological University (ATU)
Dublin Road Campus
Galway, H91 T8NW
Tel: +353 (0)91 742349
Email: International Office