Important Information for Non EEA Students

/Important Information for Non EEA Students
Important Information for Non EEA Students 2017-12-13T20:37:09+00:00

Students from outside the European Economic Area, remaining in Ireland longer than 90 days, must register with Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS). Please read the following guidelines:

Step 1: Open an Irish Bank Account (or use your existing bank account from your home country)

You should bring the following documents to the bank in order to open an Irish Bank Account:

  • Introduction letter from Horner School to the AIB Bank (accommodation address must be written on this letter)
  • Your Passport.
  • Copy of your national ID Card and your personal tax number (or any similar document showing your personal tax number from your home country)
  • Medical Insurance Document, including your accommodation address (available from school office)
  • You should deposit money into this account (at least €3000 Euro) and ask the bank to send you a Bank Statement by post OR print an e statement from your online banking !

The bank will send you account statements and other documents by post. If you change your accommodation during your stay please remember to update your address with the bank (to avoid other people gaining access to your account).There is no charge to update your address with the bank. Do not proceed to step 2 until you have your bank statement.

Step 2: Register with the INIS

Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS), 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

Long-term students (staying in Ireland 90 days or more) from outside the EEA area MUST register in person at the INIS office in Dublin. . You are not required to register with INIS if you are staying in Ireland less than 90 days. Make an online appointment . PRINT your confirmation email. [To print your confirmation you can send it to and then collect it from school reception]. Bring the following documents to the INIS Office:

  • NEW Letter of Registration from the school to prove that you are a registered student. INIS will not accept an older document.
  • Valid Passport.
  • Bank Statement (you must have at least €3000 Euro in your bank account). Your bank statement can be from an Irish bank or your own bank in your home country.  If you decide not to open an Irish Bank Account then your bank statement must be in your own name AND not less than one month old. You should also bring a past statement (older than 1 month) AND you must also have a bank debit card in the same name and from the same bank account.
  • Registration Fee €300 – Pay by bank card or bank giro only (Giro transfer form available at INIS office) cash is not accepted.
  • Medical Insurance to cover Irish Hospitals (You can purchase this insurance directly from the Horner School, €100.00 – 8-Month Policy)

Academic Year Courses & The Right to Work in Ireland:

If you come from outside of the European Economic Area and wish to have the right to work in Ireland during your studies you should register for one of the ILEP approved courses i.e. with  25 weeks of classes. These courses are considered to be Academic Year Courses.  Academic Year Students register with the school for 33 weeks, i.e. 25 weeks course plus 8 weeks holiday. Students are allowed to register for 3 such Academic Year Courses (2 years is the maximum time that a student from outside EEA can remain in Ireland whilst attending English Language Courses)

Academic Year Students are permitted to work (part time) 20 hours per week during the full 33 week period and (full time) 40 hours per week during certain defined dates Summer 1st June – 30th September (4 months) students may work full time up to 40 hrs. per week. Winter: 15th December – 15th January (1 month) students may work full time up to 40 hrs. per week.

Academic Year Students must take an approved exit examination (Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, TIE). You will have already paid the Exam Fee in advance of arrival. Horner School will register you for the end of course exam and will discuss the arrangements (examination date & time) with you directly. Your contact person for this task will be Valentina Examinations are held on specific dates during the year and have closing dates for registration etc. Valentina will discuss your examination requirements with you in the first few weeks of the course.

Attendance Records & Sick Leave:

It is very important that you attend class each day and attend the full timetable allocated to your course. Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) must be informed when students are absent for prolonged periods or if the attendance register shows that a student has less than 85% attendance on the course at any time during their stay.

Teachers record attendance in class every morning at 09.30 and then again at 11.30hrs (after coffee break). Attendance is also recorded during the afternoon fluency, business and exam classes. All students should maintain at least an 85% attendance record at all times. Students arriving 15 to 30 minutes late will be marked with ‘L’ on the attendance register. They will be allowed to join the class but will not be credited with attendance for first lesson of the session. Students arriving 30 or more minutes late will be marked with “A” (absent) for the first 2 lessons of the session and will not be allowed to join the class until the next scheduled break.

Certified Sick-Leave Policy: Students presenting a valid doctors note for a certified sick leave period will not have their attendance reduced for the period of the doctors certificate. Students must contact the school on the first day of the sickness to advise of the illness and the expected duration of the absence. On return to the school, students must present the original doctors certificate to cover the full period of the absence. Failure to follow these steps will mean that a student is absent without certification. Uncertified absences will be marked as absent from class and the student will receive a reduced attendance record. Horner School cannot compensate for tuition time lost due to certified or uncertified sick leave absence.

Expulsion Policy: There is a 4 step policy in operation, Students receive a verbal warning, followed by a written warning issued within two weeks. If attendance still does not improve a letter is issued to GNIB within 2 more weeks to inform them of the attendance issue. Expulsion procedures are commenced if a student’s attendance does not improve within the next 4 weeks and the student does not provide a valid explanation for the problems. All issues relating to attendance policy should be addressed to Derek Bettencourt, Director of Studies: Email:

Taking holidays during the school term:

Holiday (breaks from class) may be taken during long stay courses, that is, full-time courses of 12 weeks or more. Unfortunately no holiday time can be taken on shorter courses. Holidays must be requested in advance at the beginning of your course. All holidays must be taken over the period of a full calendar week, Monday to Friday. The school will normally close for 2 weeks Christmas holiday and this time must be considered as part of the allowed holiday period.

  • Two weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 12 to 24 weeks.
  • Up to eight weeks holiday time is permitted for course bookings of 25 weeks or longer (Academic Year Courses / ILEP Courses)
  • Holiday periods cannot exceed 1/3 of the already completed studied weeks, at any time.
  • No unscheduled breaks are permitted unless permission is obtained in writing from David, Janice or Trevor Horner . Requests of this nature will only be considered in very special circumstances such as close family bereavement.

P.P.S Number (Tax Number for Employment): Social Welfare Office, 22 Kings Inn street

Normally you will not be able to apply for your PPS number until after you have found employment in Ireland. At that point you should ask your employer to supply you with a letter of employment. Take this to the Social Welfare Office together with proof of your living address and a copy of your passport.

Medical Insurance:

All students from outside the European Economic Area must have evidence of medical insurance when arriving at Dublin Airport & registering with Irish Immigration (INIS). This insurance policy covers students for medical costs in Irish hospitals and also medical repatriation back to their home country if necessary. The Insurance is underwritten by ACE Insurance Company. ACE provide the support to the student in the event of an accident. The student is issued with a policy document with all the relevant contact details, on arrival in Ireland (by our school). The policy is valid in Ireland and also covers the student for up to 14 days travel (14 days max) to any country within Europe or the European Economic Area. A copy of the policy document can be found here:

8 Month Medical Insurance costs €100.00 (This is an Irish Government visa approved insurance scheme).