How do I apply for the 1G (graduate) visa?

Sheila Mahon
Sheila Mahon
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***The NCI Graduate Visa (1G) Letter will be available from June 13th for students receiving their final results in June 2024.***

Students can only apply for their 1G visa when they successfully complete their studies and after the official publication of the final results.

If exiting 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. 


To apply for a 1G visa students must:

  • Reside in Ireland
  • Have a valid IRP card
  • Hold a level 8 or level 9 award
  • Apply within six months of being notified of the award
  • Not have exceeded the seven-year limit as a non-EEA student

Students resident in County Dublin, Kildare, Meath or Wicklow must apply for the Stamp 1G through the application portal. Others must apply at their local Garda station.

Processing times may take 4-8 weeks. Refer to the immigration website for updated information on current processing times.


Documents required to apply

1. The biometric page of your current valid passport(s). This is the page that shows your photograph, passport number and date of birth. 1. Passport
2. The front and back of your current IRP card. This is the credit-card sized plastic card you received when you last registered your permission. 2. Current IRP card
3. Proof you successfully completed your third level course. 3. NCI Graduate Visa Letter* OR QQI Parchment
*The NCI Graduate Visa Letter can be requested on NCI360 via the student letter hub once final results have been published.
4. Private Medical Insurance or Travel Insurance with medical cover for accidents and medical incident including hospital stays in Ireland, valid for 12 months, or if less than 12 months for the duration of your stay. 4. Medical insurance from an Irish provider
5. €300 to pay by credit/debit card 5. €300 to pay by credit/debit card


How to apply:

Students resident in County Dublin, Kildare, Meath or Wicklow must apply for the Stamp 1G through the application portal.

1. Select Applications for Permission to Remain in the State

2. Select Registration Renewal and complete the form

3. In the section Immigration Permission select Stamp 1G or 1A 

4. Complete the application and submit uploading all supporting documents and pay 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.*


Other recommendations:

See the immigration website for the most up to date list of required documents - immigration website.

Transcripts are not required for 1G Visa applications. Please ensure your home and mailing address in Ireland is up to date for your transcripts to be delivered. Students can update their address with MyDetails Login.

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