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. The GNIB issue international students with their official Irish Residence Permit (IRP).
Please note GNIB registration and presenting proof of funds to the GNIB is the sole responsibility of each student.
Applying for your Irish Residence Permit IRP
- Completed IRP-1 Form (the school will give you this form to fill out)
- 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 IRP applictaion fee of €300 which must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash.
Proof of Funds
On registering with the GNIB and applying for your IRP 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.
- The balance in Euro
- The card number
- Your name
- Time and date on the computer
- Original school letter
- Medical insurance with address in Cork
- Irish mobile number
- Proof of source of funds of one of the following:
– Cash: 6 month bank statement and exchange receipts.
– Pre-paid card: statement with a euro balance
– Transfer:6 month bank statement in your name
- 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
- Once you receive your bank card and PIN code you can then deposit or transfer your €3,000 to your new account.
- 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.