A country outside of the EEA, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and studying on our Academic Year programme you will be required to show evidence that you access to a minimum of €3,000 to cover your expenses while living in Ireland. You’ll need to provide evidence of this when you register with local immigration shortly after arrival in Ireland (GNIB). You can show evidence of this in a number of ways:
a) A current foreign bank statement less than one month old showing €3,000, together with a past statement within the last 6 months, for an account in your name (as in your passport) accompanied by a debit card in the same name and same bank account. The bank statement does not have to be in English once the text is in the Roman alphabet and your name and currency are clear. If the text is in a different script it must be professionally translated and certified/stamped. Students may also use their parent’s bank statements if they are funding them. Any statement from a parental account must share the same surname of the student and be accompanied by a colour copy of their passport.
b) Documentary evidence that money is held in trust for a student by a financial services body regulated in Ireland by the Central Bank of Ireland.
c) A pre-paid credit or debit card(s) with a verification of the amount(s) in credit.
If you are from a Visa country such as Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia, Turkey, Russia, etc., you do not need to show evidence of €3,000 when registering with GNIB as you have already completed this step at the visa application stage.
We can help you open a bank account however due to increased fraud compliance it currently takes an average of 4 weeks for international students to open an Irish bank account. Students are advised to use an alternative means to show proof of funds to GNIB.