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How to clear your Irish study visa interview

Learn about the Irish study visa interview and how to clear it.

In this article:

What is an Irish study visa interview?

Unlike many other top study destinations, Ireland doesn't require its international students to attend a mandatory visa interview. If needed, your visa officer will let you know that they want to conduct an interview to clarify a few things. 

The visa interview will be conducted in an official Irish Visa Facilitation Service centre (VFS). The purpose of the interview is to figure out if your intentions behind choosing Ireland as your study destination are genuine and honest. 

What is asked in an Irish study visa interview? (With sample Qs) 

The questions will generally revolve around you, your past and your future aspirations. The visa officers might also try to clarify anything that you've mentioned in your online application form. 

Mostly the questions will be about the following areas:

  • Educational background
  • Work experience (if any)
  • Personal background
  • Financial background
  • Current plans and aspirations
  • Future ambitions

Sample questions

Note that the questions given below are just a sample of what might be asked in an Irish visa interview. Use the questions to prepare but be ready to answer other questions around the same topic.

  • What subject area did you study in your UG?
  • Do you have any work experience in this field? 
  • Why did you choose Ireland?
  • How are you going to support yourself financially while studying?
  • Why did you choose that particular course/university?

Tips to prepare for your Irish study visa interview

Research


You need to know at least some basic information about the following areas,

  1. Ireland
  2. Your university
  3. Your destination city
  4. Your course
  5. Your financial plans
  6. Your CV and profile.

Practice


Try talking in front of the mirror or ask a family member or a friend to conduct mock interviews. During these practice sessions make sure to work on the following areas:

  1. English language fluency
  2. Body language
  3. Confidence

Tips for doing well in your Irish visa interview

Do…

  • Be presentable. Wear simple and neat formal attire. 
  • Be pleasant. Smile and greet your visa officer as you walk in. Answer all the questions in a calm and composed manner.
  • Be ready with the original copies of all the required documents.
  • Be early. Try to come at least 15 minutes before the appointed time of your visa interview.
  • Be clear and concise. Keep your answers to the point and respond straightforwardly.

Don't…

  • Overdress or underdress. 
  • Wear loud makeup/strong perfume
  • Try to speak in a forced Irish accent. Just pronounce the words clearly in your own neutral accent. 
  • Use offensive words or argue. If you have an issue, politely let the visa officer know that you have a problem. 
  • Lie or exaggerate

Caution: As Northern Ireland is a part of the UK please check the United Kingdom section for information on that region. The above article pertains to the Republic of Ireland.