A. No. Ireland is not part of the Schengen zone, therefore, you will need to be offered a position of employment and approved for an Employment Permit before entering the state. You will also need to check if you are Visa or non-Visa required before entering the State.
A. This would depend on the nature of the offence. For example, presentation of false documents, serious criminal offences or anything that may be deemed as a potential risk to the public would likely be refused. However, any such records are assessed on a case by case basis. If any application is made, but refused due to the nature of the crime, no appeals process is available.
A. Firstly, depending on your country of origin, you will need to check if you are required to have a Visa in advance of entering the State. This list will give you such information. When you arrive at an Approved Port of Entry, a member of the Immigration Control Unit (ICO) or Border Management Unit (BMU), may grant a Permission known as a C Visa for up to 30 days, or a D Reside Visa for a period of up to 90 days.
A. Yes, you may come to Ireland to study and be granted either a Stamp 2 or Stamp 2A Visa. These permissions differ in terms of what they allow you to do. For individuals who have been granted a Stamp 2 Visa, they must be enrolled in an approved English course, or in a Degree course at an Irish University. There are also additional criteria that must be met, relating to funds and health insurance. If you are granted a Stamp 2 Permission, you are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week, and up to 39 hours per week during holiday periods.
A Stamp 2A Visa is a Permission that is viewed as a tourist Permission, despite the fact that the holder is here to study. Under these Visa conditions, no employment of any kind is permitted. As mentioned above, there are also additional criteria that must be met, relating to funds and health insurance.
A. When you arrive at an Approved Port of Entry, a member of the Immigration Control Unit (ICO) or Border Management Unit (BMU) or GNIB will decide whether you may enter the State or not. Both ICO and GNIB Officers have the power to grant or refuse entry on behalf of the Minister for Justice. Largely speaking, this area is governed by section 4 of the Immigration Act 2004 and the Free Movement of Persons Regulations 2015.
A. If an Employment Permit or Visa has been granted and you have arrived in the State, you must register with Garda National Immigration Bureau or the Immigration Service Delivery if registering in Dublin. You will then be given an IRP card that you must carry with you at all times.
A. The Immigration Service Delivery (if registering in Dublin), located at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin, D02 XK70. For registration outside of Dublin, you must book an appointment online with your local Garda Station.
A. Yes, however it is advised that you contact a professional when applying for an Employment Permit. These are legally binding documents and must be completed accurately and in line with Employment Permit Regulations.
A. The mandatory Government fee for a Visa application is €300, but there are some scenarios in which this does not apply. However, applying for a Visa can be a complicated and delicate process, so it is advised that prospective candidates contact Approved Agents to apply on their behalf.