Relocation Information

Relocation Information

This information is suitable for students from outside of the EU who need to formalize their stay in Cork for Immigration purposes.

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Here you will find some information about relocating to Ireland including details about:

  • Applying for your IRP card/ Immigration registration
  • How to show proof of address in Cork
  • How to show proof of having €3000
  • How to open an Irish bank account
  • Attendance guidelines
  • Final exam requirements
  • How to make a holiday request
  • School closure dates
  • Applying for a Student Leap Card (bus ticket)

Applying for your IRP card/ Immigration Registration

Email Immigration to Request an Appointment:

Make your appointment by emailing your name and date of birth to: [email protected].

Please only send this email while you are in Ireland and not before. You will need time to prepare documents and get a proof of address in Cork before visiting Immigration in Cork. 

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Passport
  • Fully completed IRP Form (the school will give you a blank form)
  • Appointment confirmation email
  • School letter (the school will give you your original school letter – signed, stamped, printed)
  • Insurance document (either the school or your agency will give you this)
  • Proof of address in Cork
  • Immigration will charge you €300 for your IRP card (this must be paid by card and cannot be paid by cash)

How to Show Proof of Address in Cork

Use one of the following as proof of address in Cork:

1. Show your address in Cork on a ”Money Jar” statement/confirmation letter. ”Money Jar” is an online Irish bank. It is very easy to open an account. You can do it at home before you come to Ireland. You just need to download the app and upload your passport .

  • Download the Money Jar app and create an account.
  • Type MEI Language Schools in to ‘’employer ‘’ field and input code 61809. Using this MEI code 61809 will give you free transaction fees for up to 6 months.
  • Type your address in Cork into the address field

(You can also use the Money Jar account to show proof of having €3000. You can make an electronic transfer from one account to a Money Jar account. You cannot lodge cash to a Money Jar account).

2. Show your address in Cork using a regular Irish Bank account – not recommended as there is a delay in opening regular bank accounts – about 6 weeks (This may be an option if you cannot electronically transfer 3000€ to an online account and if you have your €3000 in cash – not recommended as opening a regular Irish bank account can take up to 6 weeks).
3. Show your address in Cork  on a tenancy/landlord agreement
4. Show your address in Cork on an official utility bill (electric/gas) addressed to you at the address

How to Show Proof of Having €3000

You need to show Immigration that you have access to €3,000 at first registration (Only applies to some students)

Applies to Non-Embassy application students only: (examples Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Uruguay). You must show you have direct access to €3,000.

Does not apply to Embassy application students: (examples Colombia, China, Peru, Russia, Turkey, Venezuela). This is because the appropriate checks on finance have already been undertaken as part of the visa application process in your home country by the Irish Embassy. This means you DO NOT need to show €3000 in a bank account on registration with Immigration in Cork.

Show that you have access to €3,000 by one of the following:

  1. Show your €3000 in a ”Money Jar” account. It is very easy to open an account. You can do it at home before you come to Ireland.
    – Download the Money Jar app and create an account.
    – Type MEI Language Schools in to ‘’employer ‘’ field and input code 61809.Using this MEI code 61809 will give you free transaction fees for up to 6 months.
    – Type your address in Cork into the address field
  2. Show your €3000 using a regular Irish Bank account. This may be an option if you cannot electronically transfer 3000€ to an online account and if you have your €3000 in cash – not recommended as opening a regular Irish bank account can take up to 6 weeks.
  3. Show your €3000 in a foreign bank account:
    – 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 for the past 6 months. It must be no 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.
    – If the student chooses this option and the currency is not in Euro than a printout from a currency converter is required to show the amount in Euro’s on the day of registration.
  4. Show your €3000 on pre-paid credit card or debit card – If you choose this option, you must bring evidence to demonstrate to the registration office that you have a pre-paid credit card(s) or debit card(s) with €3,000.

How to Open an Irish Bank Account

  1. Open an Irish Online bank account with ”Money Jar”.

    It is very easy to open an account. You can do it at home before you come to Ireland.

    – Download the Money Jar app and create an account.
    – Type MEI Language Schools in to ‘’employer ‘’ field and input code 61809.Using this MEI code 61809 will give you free transaction fees for up to 6 months.
    – Type your address in Cork into the address field

    Money Jar will give you an Irish IBAN ( bank account number starting in IE). This is useful for giving to potential employers. Just give your employer the IBAN number starting in IE and they should be able to pay you into that account.

    You can also use the Money Jar account to show proof of having €3000. You can make an electronic transfer from one account to a Money Jar account. You cannot lodge cash to a Money Jar account. You can only make online transfers.
  2. Open a regular Irish bank account – currently not recommended as there is a delay in opening regular bank accounts – about 6 weeks. (This may be an option if you cannot electronically transfer 3000€ to an online account and if you have your €3000 in cash. Depending on what bank you visit in Cork you may be asked to show:
  • Original School Letter (signed and stamped)
  • Original Bank Letter (signed and stamped)
  • Medical insurance with address in Cork
  • Passport
  • Irish mobile number

Important Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that they are entitled to avail of the option they select taking into account the requirements imposed by the bank or financial institution on opening and operating bank accounts in the State.

If the Garda/GNIB official is happy with all documents supplied they will grant permission to remain, stamp your passport with a stamp and give you details of how to get your Irish Residence Permit (IRP). The registration will be for 8 months and will be renewable 2 times, up to a maximum of 3 periods. The cost of this per registration is €300.

Attendance Guidelines

An attendance rate of 85% is required.

  • A register is taken before and after the break each day and attendance is calculated on the basis of both registers. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late for class or leave more than 10 minutes early from class in either period will be marked absent for that period.
  • You will receive a verbal warning from the Director of Studies if your projected attendance reaches 95%. 
  • A First Letter of Warning is issued if your projected attendance percentage reaches 92%.
  • A Second Letter of Warning will be issued if your projected attendance reaches 88%.
  • In cases of illness, please provide the school with a medical certificate. This will not affect your attendance

Final Exam Requirements

You are obliged by Immigration to take the end  of course exam (TIE or IELTS) which you selected when booking your course. 

How to Make a Holiday Request

  • Students studying on courses of 25 weeks or longer may , by prior agreement with the school, take holidays of up to a maximum of 2 weeks (10 working days plus two weekends).
  • You are entitled to take:
    – 1 week holiday after the first 4 weeks of study
    – 2 weeks holiday after 6 weeks of study
  • All holidays must be taken over the duration of a full week, that is, starting on a Monday and finishing on a Friday.
  • Please note that your course end date will be extended by 2 weeks when you take 2 weeks’ holiday as your visa requirement is that you must complete 25 weeks of study in total.
  • Holiday request forms are available at the school reception.
  • Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation that your holiday is approved.

School Closure Dates

As well as weekends the school will be closed on the following public holiday dates:

2022

March 17, 18 April, 02 May, 06 June, 01 August, 31 October. The school will also be closed for the Christmas period from 24 December 2022 to 08 January 2023.

Last day of class will be Friday 23 December 2022 and the first day back in 2023 will be Monday  09 January 2023.

2023

March 17, 10 April, 01 May, 05 June, 07 August, 30 October. The school will also be closed for the Christmas period from 23 December 2023 to 07 January 2024.

Last day of class will be Friday 22 December 2023 and the first day back in 2024 will be Monday  08 January 2024.

2024

5th February, March 18, 01 April, 06 May, 03 June, 05 August, 28 October. The school will also be closed for the Christmas period from 21 December 2024 to 05 January 2025.

Last day of class will be Friday 20 December 2024 and the first day back in 2025 will be Monday 06 January 2025.

Applying for a Student Leap Card (student bus ticket)

Student Leap Card Online Application – Scan Here
  • Anyone aged 23 and younger can get a discount bus card (and the card will be posted to their address in Cork)
  • Any student aged 24 or older can get a discount bus card but must visit UCC to collect their card.
  • Complete the online application before you go to the office: https://student.leapcard.ie/New-Card#dobCheck
  • Student Leap Card office: UCC SU Office reception, beside the Common Room in UCC (54 College Road, Cork City)
  • Open: Mon-Fri 10-1 and 2-4
  • No appointment necessary
  • Bring your Cork English Academy student card, school letter and a photo ID (passport).

Useful Contact Information

Cork English Academy

Point of contact:

Immigration Office:

Anglesea Street Garda Station

Anglesea Street

Cork

T12 K244                                                                                     

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Chusa’s Story

Hi, I’m Chusa from Spain.

I have been in Cork for over 4 months.

It’s my first experience abroad, living and studying at the same time.

The first day when I arrived at school I was nervous, so excited and happy; I had a mix of emotions and feelings.

But I couldn’t have got off to a better start; my classmates and teacher made me feel great. Day after day I felt more comfortable and confident to speak English.

I thought… Chusa this works, when I realized that the vocabulary and expressions that I had learnt in the school, were used every day, in any place. So I heard and I used them a lot.

I had a purpose and that was to get together as little as possible with people who spoke the same language as me. It was difficult and I have to be honest that I met people who spoke Spanish, but I’m happy because I got it!

As well, Bumble and Meetup apps helped me to meet new people especially from Ireland.

I signed up and I went all the events and activities that I could like: exchange language, playing boardgames, Irish dancing, hiking, trips outside Cork, listening to live music, visiting the pop-up kilo store, cork clothes swap, learning bachata, sharing coffees and books, meeting Irish and Polish girls.

And another way to improve my English it was to work as volunteer. I continue on it, I loved it.

Chusa at the ”Deck of Cards” Houses in Cobh

Looking for a job it wasn’t easy. I did few interviews…each time I was getting more fluent. That was a good exercise for me. Now I am working and I am delighted.

Cork is a small city. You can walk or cycle anywhere or be in the middle of nature in less than ten minutes by car.

I feel that Cork is an inclusive city and the last point it is a safe place.

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There are a lot things that I like about Cork: its people, pubs, live music, surroundings, villages, castles… 

There are things that I don’t like so much such as; the weather, public transport, opening hours of shops…

As a Spanish person I miss the good weather but as the expression says … ” keep your chin up”!

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