For those who want to exchange in Ireland, it is necessary to obtain a visa to live in the country. There are several types available, but the most common is Stamp 2.
It allows the exchange student not only to study during the period they reside there, but also to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic months, and 40 hours a week during vacations.
It should be noted that its issuance is not very bureaucratic. And for you to better understand the whole process, we have separated everything you need to know below.
Do I need a visa to study abroad in Ireland?
Ireland allows Brazilians to reside in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. However, for those who are going to study and live for longer, it is necessary to choose one of the visas granted by immigration.
The most common is Stamp 2. It is issued on the condition that the exchange student enters Ireland in order to attend regular classes. In addition, it allows you to work up to 20 hours a week during the school year and 40 hours a week during vacations.
The vacation period comprises the months of June and September, and between December 15th and January 15th. That is to say, to obtain this visa it is necessary to enrol in a course with a minimum duration of 25 weeks.
What is the validity period of Stamp 2?
The Stamp 2 visa is valid for 8 months and can be renewed twice. This means you can live in Ireland for up to two years with Stamp 2.
It is essential to clarify that with this visa you do not have access to some services offered by the government such as unemployment insurance and free health care.
And once you land in Ireland, you will have a period of one month to provide all the necessary documents for the visa issuance.
What are the documents to have the Stamp 2?
As we said, in order to obtain the Stamp 2 visa it is necessary to present some documents at immigration, namely:
- letter from the school with a course load of at least 15 hours per week;
- government or private company insurance established in the country;
- proof of payment for the course;
- bank statement proving that you have €3,000 in an Irish bank account;
- proof of residence;
- evidence that the school has Learner Protection;
- payment of 300 euros for registration of the Irish Residence Permit.
- Scheduling for the presentation of documents is done online, and at the agreed date and time, just go to immigration and apply for a visa.
Is it worth doing an exchange in Ireland?
For those who want to improve their English, Ireland is one of the best destinations. Well, it is less bureaucratic in granting the visa, and it still allows the exchange student to work while studying.
Not to mention that the country is known for its beautiful monuments, as well as for its natural beauties. So this is a unique experience that you will have in your lifetime.
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