Registering with the GNIB?

Students from outside of the European Union who have booked an Academic Year Programme must register with the Garda National Immigration Board (GNIB) here in Cork.

Please note GNIB registration and presenting proof of funds to the GNIB is the sole responsibility of each student.

Applying for your GNIB Card

You will need to bring the following documents with you to apply for your GNIB card:
  • Original school letter
  • Medical insurance (in colour) with full Cork address
  • A balancing statement dated the day you are going to the GNIB office, showing €3,000 in your account (please see more detailed information below under Proof of Funds Section)
  • Your passport
  • The GNIB card fee of €300 which must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash.
Make sure that all addresses on all documents are the same.
Once the payment has been made the immigration officer will request you to come back to the GNIB office to collect your card on another date (usually 2 weeks later).

Proof of Funds

On registering with the GNIB you will need to show proof that you have access to €3,000 to support yourself and live in Ireland.

You can use 1 of the following options to show you have direct access to €3,000:

Option 1: Proof from a foreign bank (balance must be in Euros, statement must be in English)

If you choose this option, you must bring 2 original bank statements from a foreign bank.

  • The first statement must show a balance of €3,000.The statement must less than 1 month old.
  • The second statement must be from the same bank. It must be less than 6 months old.
  • Both statements must be for the same account and in your own name, ie the same name as in your passport.
  • You must also show that you have a debit card (for cash withdrawals in Ireland).
  • The debit card must be for the same bank account that has the €3,000.
Option 2: Proof via a pre-paid credit card or debit card (balance must be in Euros, statement must be in English)
If you choose this option, you must bring an original statement proving that you have a pre-paid credit card(s) or debit card(s) with €3,000.
If a statement is not available,you can generate a screenshot of the online account. The screenshot must include:
  • The balance in Euro
  • The card number
  • Your name
  • Time and date on the computer
Please highlight this key information on the screenshot once printed using a highlighter marker.
Option 3: Proof from an Irish bank
If you choose this option, you must bring an original statement from an Irish bank that shows a balance of €3,000.
The statement must be for an account in your own name, ie the same name as in your passport.
Opening an Irish Bank Account
Bank of Ireland, 70 St Patrick’s Street, will open bank accounts with the following documents:
  • Proof of funds e.g bank statement from home country, receipts from cash exchange, travel card statement
  • Original school letter
  • Medical insurance with address in Cork
  • Passport
  • Irish mobile number
Please come to reception to check your documents before you go to the bank.

Special Notes

  • If you are a couple, make sure that you open 2 separate accounts.
  • Once your account is activated, please open an online account.
  • Once you receive your bank card and PIN code you can then deposit or transfer your €3,000.
  • Any post from the bank addressed 25 Washington Street West can be collected at the school reception
  • You may open your bank account at any other bank in Cork but you will need proof of address i.e utility bill/gas/electricity/phone bill.

Immigration Office Anglesea Street, Cork. GNIB Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09.30 to 12.00 14.00 to 16.00