What is the Training Visa?
The Training Visa is intended for those who want to come to Ireland to attend a training course. Depending on the duration of the training course, foreign citizens can apply for a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa or a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa.
If you want to come to Ireland to participate in a training course that is shorter than 90 days, you should apply for the Short Stay Visa. If, however, the training programme will last longer than 90 days, you have to obtain the Long Stay Visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that belongs to the EU/EEA, or you are a citizen of Switzerland, you do not need a visa to come to Ireland for a period of up to three months. That means that you can participate in a short training course without having to first go through the visa application process. The same applies to those coming from non-visa-required countries listed on the website of Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
Nevertheless, those coming from other parts of the world have to obtain an Irish visa before arriving in the country.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Training Visa?
You can only attend a training course if it is relevant to your work or professional development. Moreover, you can only take part in it if the company you work for arranged it.
In addition to that, those who want to apply for the Training Visa have to meet the general requirements for either the Short Stay ‘C’ Visa or the Long stay ‘D’ Visa to Ireland. These include:
- Being able to provide details of the training course you want to take part in
- Having enough money to support yourself during your stay in Ireland
- Being able to prove that you won’t breach the Common Travel Area by attempting to go to the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa
- Not having previously violated Irish immigration law
- Not having a history of serious crimes.
Additionally, if you are coming to Ireland for a period of up to 90 days, you have to prove that you have ties in your home country that will make you come back there after your visa expires.
If you are not sure whether you are eligible for the Training Visa to Ireland, talk to our immigration consultants. They will assess your eligibility for it and will help you apply.
What are the additional requirements for a Long Stay Training Visa?
If the training course you want to participate in is longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa. That means that, in addition to the general eligibility requirements, you have to apply for immigration permission and register with immigration.
Anyone who is not a citizen of the EU/EEA country, the UK or Switzerland, and who wishes to stay in Ireland for more than 3 months needs to have permission to remain in the country.
You have to apply for the permission after you enter Ireland before the date shown by the stamp in your passport. If you do not get the permission or you fail to register in time, you might have to leave Ireland and go back to your home country.
How to apply for the Training Visa?
If you require a visa to come to Ireland for training, you have to submit your application from a country where you are a legal resident. You should apply for the Training Visa at least three months before your planned journey to Ireland to allow enough time for processing.
There are three steps in the application process.
First, you have to submit your visa application online. In the application form you have to explain what the purpose of your trip to Ireland is and provide personal information. After you submit the application, you will be shown a web page with summary information. There you will find the following details:
- Visa Application Transaction Number – you need it to check the progress on your application
- Application summary sheet – you have to print and sign it and then send it to the appropriate application office together with other supporting evidence
- Application office – you need to send your application and required documents to the office shown on your summary sheet.
After you submit the online application, you have to pay the visa fee. Depending on whether you are applying for a single entry or any multiple entry visas, you will pay either €60 or €100. This fee is non-refundable so you will not get your money back even if your application is refused.
Finally, the last step of the application requires you to send your passport and other documents for processing.
What documents to include in the application?
When applying for the Training Visa to Ireland, you have to submit a number of supporting documents that prove your eligibility for it. These include:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned date of departure from Ireland
- An application letter stating the reason for your trip to Ireland, the dates you intend to arrive and leave the country, the estimate cost of your trip and how you will cover them
- Details of the training course and the confirmation of you having registered for it
- Proof of having paid for the training course
- Evidence that the training course will be relevant to your work or professional development
- Details of your accommodation plans in Ireland
- Information regarding who will cover the expenses of your trip.
You might also have to include some other documents depending on your personal circumstances. If you hire one of our immigration consultants, they will help you prepare a portfolio of evidence with all the documents that might be needed.
How can IAS help?
Obtaining a visa to come to Ireland can be a complex process as there are many requirements that you need to meet and supporting documents you need to prepare. Looking to hire an immigration lawyer? Consider opting for an immigration consultant. At IAS, our highly dedicated team of immigration consultants can guide you through the whole process, making it much easier.
If you use our services, you will receive professional assistance with completing and submitting your application. Your expert will answer all your questions and will explain to you in detail what you need to do during each stage of the application process. They will also write you a Letter of Representation, which will further strengthen your case and increase the chances of your application being accepted.
To find out more about how our team can help, call us today on 0333 305 9375.
Last modified on August 8th, 2023 at 4:09 pm
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When applying for the Training Visa, you have to provide details of what the training course is, how you will fund your trip, and where you will stay. Proof of having booked accommodation in Ireland prior to arrival is an element of your portfolio of evidence. You should submit a hotel reservation or a confirmation of having organised any other form of accommodation.
You can, of course, stay with a friend if they live in Ireland but you need to submit a letter stating their name and address in Ireland. Your host also has to confirm that they agreed to you staying with them.
How much you will have to pay for the Training Visa to Ireland depends on whether you apply for a single-entry or multiple-entry visa. The fee for the former is €60 and for the latter €100. This visa application fee covers the processing of your application. Depending on where you are applying from, you might have to pay additional costs such as consular fees.
Regardless of whether you are applying for a Short Stay or Long Stay Training Visa, you can expect to get the decision within 8 weeks from the application office receiving your documents. Nevertheless, the processing can take longer if you fail to submit some of the required documents.
Unfortunately, if your Training Visa is refused, you cannot travel to Ireland to take part in the training course. To enter Ireland, you need a valid visa. The best thing to do if your application is not approved is to contact an immigration expert. They will tell you what your options are and what other visas to Ireland you might be eligible for.