Relocation Information

Relocation Information

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

All students registered on a Work and Study Stamp 2/Visa related course need to apply for an IRP card while here in Cork.

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 €4500
  • 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 Proof of Address Using and Irish Bank Account Statement

A. Using an Online/Digital Irish Bank Account statement – Open a ”Money Jar” account.

B. Using a Regular Irish Bank account statement – Open an AIB Bank Account

See full details and steps on how to open an Irish Bank Account further down the page.

2. Show your address in Cork on a tenancy/landlord agreement

3. 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 €4,500.

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 €4,500 by one of the following:

  1. Show your €4,500 in a foreign bank account (your account at home for example):

    – If you choose this option, you must bring 2 original bank statements from a foreign bank.
    – The first statement must show a balance of €4,500. 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 €4,500.
    – 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.
  2. Show your €4,500 using an Online/Digital Irish Bank Account – ”Money Jar”
    This is a good option if you can electronically transfer funds from one account to another.
  3. Show your €4,500 using a regular Irish Bank Account
    • This is a good option if you have your €4,500 in cash and you cannot electronically transfer €4,500 from one account to another.
    • The AIB Bank on Western Road, Cork is currently opening bank accounts
    • Print regular statement & a mini-bank statement

See full details and steps on how to open an Irish Bank Account further down the page.

Show your €4,500 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 €4500.

How to Open an Irish Bank Account

A. Open an Online/Digital bank account using” Money Jar”.

  • Download the Money Jar app and create an account.
  • Use this special code 61809 and get free transaction fees for up to 6 months. Type MEI Language Schools in to ‘’employer ‘’ field and input code 61809
  • Type your address in Cork into the address field.
  • You can use the Money Jar account to show proof of having €4,500 if you like. 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.

B. Open a Regular Irish Bank Account using AIB Bank, Western Road.

Please note AIB are not treating English language students as full-time students but if you apply for a bank account as unemployed on arrival the process is quite fast.

You can start the process online and then finish up by bringing documents to AIB, Western Road.

  • This is a good option if you have your €4500 in cash.
  • The AIB Bank on Western Road, Cork is currently opening bank accounts.
  • The school can issue you a letter for the bank on request. This is slightly different to your official school letter used for Immigration purposes. It must list your address in Cork and your address in your home country.
  • If you follow these steps, you can open an account at AIB, Western Road within 5 business days.


  • Visit AIB website: and follow these instructions:
  • Customer Type: Choose ‘Personal’
  • Is the applicant or at least one of the applicants aged 16 years or over? Choose ‘Yes’
  • Are you looking to open sole or joint account? Choose ‘Sole’
  • Do you reside in ROI? Choose ‘Yes’

The next steps are very important:

  • You must ignore this line:” From the information you gave us, you can open a current account through our app. When you download the app, it’ll take just a few minutes to get you set up. Continue” Opening the current account through the app, is not currently an option for English language students.
  • You must choose:” If you don’t wish to use our app, please ‘click here’ and we will contact you.
  • Do you reside in ROI? Choose ‘Yes’
  • Are you aged 66 or over? Choose ‘No’
  • What is your employment type? Choose ‘Unemployed’
  • Do you hold a current account with AIB or another institution in Republic of Ireland? Choose ‘No’
  • Click continue and then fill in your personal details.
  • Click submit.

Once this is submitted you will receive an email to let you know the bank have received your request to open an account.

The Account Opening Team will then email you the account opening form. You should complete and submit this.

(Make sure when giving your address that it matches the format on the school letter and medical insurance (that it is in the format we normally use in Ireland (house number, street, city, post code etc.).

When the Account Opening Team have opened the new account, they will advise you to call into any AIB branch with your Identification and Proof of Address (School letter, photo id and medical insurance). You should not go to any branch. You should go to AIB, Western Road, only.

The bank will use your documents to activate your account along with Registering you for Online Banking.

Once the account opening process is fully complete you will then receive your Pin and Debit card – this will be sent to your postal address in Cork.

Documents AIB might request:

  • Original School Letter (signed and stamped)
  • Original Bank Letter (signed and stamped)
  • This letter is different to your school letter. It must include your address in Cork, your address abroad and the school AIB bank account number)
  • Medical insurance document 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:


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.


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)

  • 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.

Apply Online

Complete the online application before you go to the office. Apply Online Here or scan to complete:

Student Leap Card Online Application – Scan Here

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


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Kelly’s Story

Can you tell us a little bit about your course and teachers?

It’s beyond my expectations, actually. I’m having classes with Heather and she is absolutely amazing. She is dynamic and has patience to teach us and we can see that she gives us her best. I really love her! About the course: if you are really interested in learning, you will. You must pay attention at classes, do the exercises, then you’ll have a good experience.

What aspect of English language learning are you improving in the most?

My speaking for sure. But also my grammar. And every day we learn some new words. So I guess it is a mix of all. There’s no way to improve just one thing. It’s all set. 

What aspect of English language learning are you finding the most challenging?

Grammar, but I know that I’ll get there! 

Have you worked in Cork City? If so, can you tell us a little about your job?

Yes, I am working. I work as a SPA Therapist at The Imperial Hotel. I absolutely love it. As it is the same profession that I have in my Country, I’m really happy. 

Do you get to practice your English outside of school hours?

Yes, everyday at my work, also I live in a house with my housemates who are from another countries, we all have to talk in English.  

Why did you choose Cork City to move to?

‘Cause here we (my husband and I) imagined the city would be quiet, which it really is, and we love it. The safety too. 

What is your favourite thing about Cork? 

Quietness is our top one. But also the safety, people are so friendly, and the quality of life.  

Would you suggest Ireland as a study abroad destination to others and if so, why?

Yes because it is an AMAZING opportunity, it’s a beautiful place to live, rich in culture, with friendly people.   


Thank you Kelly. We wish you all the best with your study and work and life in Cork 🙂

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