How do I apply for the 1G visa?

Abigail McConnell
Abigail McConnell
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International Students must be resident in Ireland to apply for the 1G visa. Students can only apply for their 1G visa when they successfully complete their studies and after the official publication of the final results in October, February or June. Information on the Third Level Graduate Scheme is available on the Immigration Service website.

Documents required for the 1G Visa:
❑ Graduate Visa letter from NCI
❑ Medical Insurance

Graduate Visa Letter

This letter is issued by the International Office and to request it students must complete the letter request form and submit it via the NCI Support Hub. The letter can only be issued after the student has successfully completed their programme and the final results have been published. Letters will be sent within 2 working days after the letter request form has been submitted. 

Buy Medical Insurance

Students can buy medical insurance from any provider, but it must be from an Irish provider – see the NCI Website for information on Insurance.

INIS - Irish Immigration Service

Students living in Dublin can use the online renewal system to move to the Stamp 1G or 1A visa. Go to the Irish Immigration Service website, fill in an online form and upload the NCI letter and proof of medical insurance. You will also need to pay the registration fee of €300 at the time of application.

Note: To avoid getting an error message students whose IRP card will expire in more than one month should enter the current date in this field.


Procedure to obtain the Third Level Graduate Scheme (Visa stamp 1G)

  1. Go to the Irish Immigration website for visa renewal and set up an account.
  2. Select the Third Level Graduate Scheme and submit your application online uploading all supporting documents and paying the fee.
  3. Scan and upload the page in your passport that contains your personal details.
  4. Once your application is processed you will receive your new IRP card in the post a few weeks later.

Due to COVID-19 there are backlogs in visa renewals and this can take a few weeks for immigration to
process. NCI cannot lobby or query renewals on behalf of students and if you have any queries for
immigration, you must email

Exam Transcripts

INIS have confirmed that as students are applying for the visa online the letter from NCI is sufficient and transcripts are not required.

Transcripts are posted to students by the exams office so students must ensure their home and mailing address in Ireland is up to date. Students can update their address with MyDetails Login.

Students who are not currently in Ireland can request for their transcripts to be emailed to them by contacting the exams office via the NCI Support Hub.

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