If a person enters Ireland who is not a U.K. citizen or you’re not from a member state country within the European Economic Area, you can apply for a Visa.
Whats called an ‘Irish Visa’ is in essence an endorsement on a passport or a travel document that is not an Irish Passport or Irish travel document.
You may not need a visa if you have a Irish Residence Permit, a Travel Document issued by the Irish state or have a Residence permit for a family member of a Union citizen.
You can also check based on your nationality on the Department of Justices website if visa requirements are required by you, and you can contact the department with a query you have at http://www.inis.gov.ie/
There are two broad categories of Visas in Ireland.
Visa Processing Timeframe
Visa decision / processing times vary depending on the type of visa sought and the visa office or embassy which is relevant to you.
Join family visa applications take longer than a tourist related visa, for example.
Application processing times concerning the Dublin Visa Office are updated every Tuesday and processing dates are listed on the Department of Justice’s website.
Short-Stay C Visa
This visa permits the person stay in Ireland for a period of up to 90 days only.
This can be applied for up to 3 months before the person’s travel date to Ireland.
You must assure a visa officer that your stay is temporary and is for travel purposes only or for family reasons or for business reasons, for example.
Applications can be made online at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Visit%20Tourist#submit-online
You will need to assure a visa office you will leave Ireland before the visa expires, that you are of good character, that you have financial resources and that the visa application is not being used as a means to enter the U.K. or EEA (European Economic Area). A single entry administration visa application fee is €60.
If you are applying for a short-stay visa for a child, you will need the child’s birth certificate amongst other paper proofs.
Short Stay Visa Documents
Here is a helpful guide to give you an indication of the documents required.
If you are refused a visa and wish to appeal, you must do so within 2 months of the date of the refusal letter.
The refusal letter will explain why you were refused. The appeal should be sent to the ‘Visa Appeals Officer’.
If you are submitting documents not in English, such as, a Birth Certificate, you must submit documents via certified translation into the English language. Translated documents must be attested as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Long-Stay D Visa
This is the second type of visa commonly sought.
An applicant can apply for this up to three months before their date of travel.
The application for this visa type is again made online at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Apply%20for%20a%20visa#long-stay
You will have to choose which type of long-stay visa you wish to apply for.
The stay for the person must be longer than 3 months.
Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme
This programme waives the needs for a visa to Ireland from the U.K. for nationals of particular countries. This is for persons who hold short-stay U.K. visa permission.
The countries are:
Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Oman, People’s Republic of China, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Where Do I Apply For a Visa ?
Visa Office, Department of Justice, Immigration Service Delivery
13-14 Burgh Quay
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