Welcome to the graduate students' union's information page for international students.

Your GSU sabbatical officers have first-hand experience regarding the steps needed to settle down in Ireland as an international student. It is easy to become overwhelmed while adjusting to jetlag, a new country (sometimes even a new continent!), a second language and separation from family and friends.

That is why we are here to help you through this process in any way that we can. Whether it be dealing with internal College issues regarding paying fees or registering for your course, or the process of securing a visa, opening up a bank account or securing accommodation, we are here to help!


Reforms to the Immigration/Visa Processes

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has taken over the registration of non-EU students from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). A new online system for booking appointments for immigration registration at Burgh Quay will launch at the end of August and will offer appointments for early September. INIS anticipate that this online booking service will go live next Monday 29th August but this is subject to change. Once it is available, we will email to confirm.

At that point, the existing early morning ticketing system at the Burgh Quay office will end and all appointments will have to be made via the website. It will no longer be possible to make an appointment by queuing at the office.

Furthermore no group visits will be facilitated.

The 6 Steps in the new process are as follows:

1. Student gathers all supporting documentation. In order to register, a student must have the following:

  • A current valid passport.
  • A college letter stipulating the course and its duration.
  • Private health insurance. Student MUST present the policy document at registration with INIS.
  • An Irish based bank account with a balance in excess or €3,000 (For a stay of less than 6 months in the State, €500 per month must be shown in a bank account)

2. Student makes appointment on the INIS website. http://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie/

3. Student will receive a confirmation email which will also contain a link to a list of documents the student must bring.

4. Student goes to the Burgh Quay on the appointment day, no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the appointment time.

5. Student presents printed ‘appointment confirmation email’ to the check in desk.

6. Student is seen with all documentation and goes through the registration process. Photograph and finger prints are taken. The process will take approximately 60 minutes. The fee for immigration registration is €300.

N.B. Students who do not have all the correct documents will be sent away and will have to rebook an appointment via the online system.


Available sources of information within Trinity

All International students are strongly encouraged to attend the International Students’ Orientation, which is taking place on Monday, 14th September 2015 from 2.30-4.30 pm in the Arts Block’s Ed Burke Theatre.  If you are unable to attend as you have not yet arrived, please do not worry we will have a refresher Orientation session on Monday, 5th October 2015.

We also encourage you to read the International Students’ Handbook before arriving in Dublin. It contains vital information regarding visas and immigration procedures, health and insurance, employment and support services, as well as general tips for living in Dublin.

The Global Relations Office has a team of Global Officers associated to certain Schools in College who are also available to help and answer any questions regarding the international student experience at Trinity.


Visa and immigration information

The Garda National Immigration Bureau, commonly referred to as the GNIB, is the government agency within Ireland responsible for visa allocation and immigration regulations. Non-EU students can familiarise themselves with the visa requirements and process at:

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Study

The Global Relations Office will organise visits to the GNIB from campus during Michaelmas Term. Details regarding the time and date of these group visits, as well as how to register, will be sent to your Trinity email address. Students may also register with the GNIB on their own.


Get Involved! Nurture your social life!

A large part of successfully adjusting to life at Trinity is making connections. The GSU has set up a whole week of activities during Postgrad Orientation Week for both newbies and old-timers to meet and mingle. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and find out how to become involved during the year!

In any case, your GSU sabbats are here to assist and guide you through the process of arriving, adjusting and succeeding here at Trinity! Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Shane Collins | president@tcdgsu.ie | (01) 896-1169

Elisa Crespo Miguelez | vicepresident@tcd.gsu.ie | (01) 896-1006