May 9, 2019
The tightening of H1B work visa rules in US under current Trump administration in the last couple of years has led many Indians, who wish to settle abroad, to explore other options. These include countries like the Republic of Ireland (not to be confused with Northern Ireland which is British territory) which, unlike the US, have not yet imposed severe restrictions on the entry of migrants from other parts of the world. On the contrary, Ireland in general and Irish people in particular, are well known for their welcoming nature.
In this blog, Student Cover brings you a step-by-step guide to getting permanent residency in Ireland. If you possess the right set of skills and expertise that are in great demand in that country, getting a permanent residency and eventually, citizenship, should not be so difficult. But before we proceed further, there are certain things that you need to know first.
Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU) and hence, falls in the European Economic Area (EEA). It means that there is no restriction on the movement of persons from any of the EU member countries to Ireland and vice-versa.
For residents of non-EEA countries like India, visa is mandatory. There are two categories of visas issued by Ireland namely, Type ‘C’ and Type ‘D’ visas. Type ‘C’ visas have a validity of 90 days and are usually issued to those who come to Ireland on short visits. Type ‘D’ visas on the other hand are issued to those who wish to live and work in that country.
Those who seek to eventually settle down in Ireland are required to get ‘D’ visas. One can get visa to Ireland by applying online and then submitting the relevant documents at the Embassy, consulate or designated visa offices in one’s respective country.
To work in Ireland, one first needs to apply for work permit. There are two types of work permits issued to foreign nationals. They are Critical Skills Employment Permit and General Employment Permit. The Critical Skills Employment permit is issued to those individuals who possess skills and expertise in areas such as web designing, programming, Chemical Science, Engineering, IT Project Management, Nursing etc. General Employment Permit is issued to those individuals who possess skills that are in short supply in Ireland and which do not fall in the list of jobs ineligible for employment permit.
However, to get the above mentioned permits, one must first secure a job in Ireland. A work permit is not issued to an individual who does not have a job offer from an Irish employer or if the yearly remuneration offered is less than €30,000 (for Critical Skills Permit) or €27,000 (for General Employment Permit).
The average tuition fees for undergraduate courses in universities in Ireland range from €9000 (Rs. 7,03,800) to €45,000 (Rs. 35,19,000) per year and for Masters and Ph.D. it ranges from €9,150 (Rs.7,15,530) to €37,000 (Rs. 28,93,400) per year. Courses such as Business Management and Medicine from top ranked universities could be as high as Rs 35 Lakhs per annum. Student Cover provides unsecured education loans of up to Rs. 40 lakhs to students who wish to pursue higher education in countries like Ireland. Click here to know more about Student Cover’s education loans to study abroad.
We, at Student Cover, hope that the readers will find the content of this blog useful during their planning and stay in Ireland. We invite students to provide suggestions, if any, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries related to student loans to study in US, UK, Canada or Ireland.
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