How do I apply for the 1G (graduate) 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. Unfortunately we are unable to issue a letter to support a 1G visa application beforehand. It's also important to note that if you are unsuccessful in your studies and opt to exit with a postgraduate diploma the timeline to receive this letter is at least 4 weeks later (November, March, July). Please see how do I exit with a postgraduate award for more information. 

Information on the Third Level Graduate Scheme is available on the Immigration Service website.

Documents required to apply

  • Graduate Visa Letter
  • Medical Insurance 

Graduate Visa Letter - This letter is issued by the International Office once your final results have been published. Letters will automatically be sent to successful students within 48 hours of results being published. Please refrain from submitting a ticket request or email to us during this time. If you have not received your letter within 2 working days please complete the letter request form and submit it via the NCI Support Hub

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.


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.

Please note 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.


How to apply

Students living in Dublin can use the online renewal system to move to the Stamp 1G or 1A visa. Follow the steps below to apply for the Third Level Graduate Scheme, 1G Visa. 

  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. *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.*
  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


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