International Students

 Advice for International Students in Northern Ireland

Are you currently studying in Northern Ireland but from somewhere else in the world? Have a look at the information below to help you to figure out if you’re entitled to vote in the upcoming UK General Election.

To vote in a UK general election a person must be registered to vote and also;

  • 18 or over
  • be a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

A full list of Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories and EU States from which students are eligible to vote can be accessed via the Electoral Office website here.

When registering to vote you may be asked for a bit more information or proof of identity compared to standard applications from within Northern Ireland. This is because if you are a resident from Northern Ireland the information on your registration form is checked against government databases, however when someone is new to Northern Ireland this information will not be available. If you are asked to provide more information, it’s very much on a case by case basis, but it’s likely you would just be asked to provide something like a passport, drivers’ license, or bank statement.

Students can get further advice by calling the helpline (08004320 712) or by calling in to their local electoral office.