Overview of Ireland Visa Processing Times
Depending on your citizenship and purpose for travel, there are many types of visas you can apply for to visit Ireland.
Each type of visa has a different processing time, ranging from 8 weeks to 12 months. Generally, Irish Long Stay ‘D’ visas require more in-depth assessment and therefore take longer than Short Stay ‘C’ visas.
All Irish visas must be submitted online through AVATS, on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Following the submission of your application, you will be notified of the next steps you must follow depending on your location, citizenship and the type of visa applied for.
The Irish Department of Justice deals with visa applications, preclearance applications and visa appeals in the chronological date order they are received at the office.
Processing time may vary depending on the embassy or consulate your application is sent. You can check the date of current applications being processed on the Irish Department of Justice website or the website of the embassy to which you applied.
If your application has been sent to the Dublin visa office, depending on where you send your application form, the date on which they receive your application may be several days or weeks after you send it, increasing the processing time for your Irish visa.
Once received by the visa office, visa application and visa appeal requests are separated.
These two queues are then divided into smaller queues according to the type of visa applied for, with each type of visa having a different processing time.
Ireland Tourist Visa Processing Time
There are several types of Ireland tourist visas available including a Short Stay ‘C’ (Tourist) visa and a Transit visa for visitors from certain countries who want to pass through an Irish airport or seaport to travel to another country.
You can apply for an Ireland Short Stay ‘C’ (Tourist) visa up to 90 days before the date of your travel to Ireland and the visa will be valid for the time specified on the document.
Generally, you can expect to receive a decision about your Ireland Tourist visa approximately 8 weeks after all of the necessary documents have been received.
Join Family Visa Ireland Processing Time
If you wish to unite with family in Ireland for longer than 90 days, you must obtain the necessary permission before you travel.
The route and Family visa processing time varies depending on the nationality of the application sponsor (the family member currently residing in Ireland).
If the sponsor is an Irish citizen or is entitled to immediate family unification, the Join Family visa processing time is approximately 6 months after all required documentation is received.
Applications for Join Family visas from sponsors of other nationalities will receive a decision within approximately 12 months of the visa office receiving the necessary documents and information.
If the sponsor is a Swiss or EEA national, you can apply for a Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen (also known as an EU Treaty Rights application). Applications may take up to 6 months to process.
Ireland Family visas have a longer processing time to allow a more in-depth, case-by-case assessment of each application. Your visa may be delayed if all of the required information or documents have not been received.
Ireland Work Visa Processing Time
Non-Swiss or non-European Economic Area citizens will need to obtain an Employment Permit and or a Work visa to enable them to work in Ireland.
Depending on how long you wish to work in Ireland, the INIS offers multiple work visa options including the Atypical Working Scheme, a Van der Elst visa, a Short Stay ‘C’ Business visa and a Long Stay Employment ‘D’ visa.
Generally, you will receive a decision for these types of Work visas within approximately 8 weeks and can apply up to 90 days prior to your travel date.
If you plan to work in Ireland for longer than 90 days, you will need to obtain one of the 9 Work Permits from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (DJEI) before you apply for your Work visa. This is a separate government department from the INIS and follows a different processing system.
The Ireland Work Permit processing time varies depending on the type of application submitted and you can find the dates of the Work visa applications currently being processed on the DJEI website.
Ireland Student Visa Processing Time
Ireland offers a Short Term ‘C’ (Study) visa and a Long Term Study visa, depending on how long you wish to study in Ireland.
You can apply for both Study visas 3 months before your date of travel and the Ireland Student visa processing time is approximately 8 weeks.
What Can Delay My Visa Application?
Whilst the approximate processing dates act as a guide, it does not guarantee that your application will be dealt with during this time frame.
Many factors can delay applications including:
- The time of year
- Increases in application volume
- Holiday periods
- Documentation requiring verification
- Incomplete applications
- Requiring additional information or documentation
- Personal circumstances such as criminal convictions
You should not book tickets for travel until you have received your visa decision.
We understand that applying for an Ireland visa can be a complicated and overwhelming process.
If you would like support and guidance about your Ireland visa application, IAS can help.
Whether you’re looking for advice about an Irish Work visa or want to join family in Ireland, our understanding, expert team is ready to assist you.
Last modified on November 22nd, 2023 at 10:34 am
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The Dublin visa office publishes a list of application numbers and the decision on the Irish Department of Justice website every Tuesday.
Weekly decision reports may also be found on the Irish Embassy websites in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Ankara, Beijing, London, Moscow and New Deli.
You will also receive notification of the decision by letter or email and be informed of the next steps.
Ireland visa applications are generally processed chronologically, by the date they are received.
However, if your application is time-sensitive such as visiting a family member who has been hospitalised and is in a life-threatening situation or you are visiting Ireland due to a bereavement, your visa application may be expedited.
In this instance, you should email [email protected], stating “EMERGENCY TRAVEL REQUIRED” in the subject line and your visa application number.
A member of the Customer Service Team will then request supporting documentation to verify your situation and, where necessary, facilitate priority processing.
The reasons for Ireland visas getting declined vary depending on the visa applied for and your personal circumstances.
Some of the most common reasons include:
- Incorrect or incomplete documents
- Incorrect visa type applied for
- Invalid passport
- Non-payment of application fees and/or associated costs
- Not providing biometrics
- Insufficient evidence supporting your application
- Previous breaches of Irish or UK immigration law
- Suspected misrepresentation or fraud
- Criminal convictions
If your visa is declined, you will receive a letter of refusal explaining the reason for the decision.
You can usually appeal your Ireland visa application refusal in writing within 2 months of the date on your letter without paying an additional fee. However, if you were found to have provided misleading or false information in your original application, you may not be permitted to appeal the decision and unable to reapply for an Irish visa for up to 5 years.
Late appeal applications are not accepted, but you will be able to submit a new visa application. You can appeal your application decision once and appeals received by email or fax will not be processed.
Visa applications are dealt with in the date order they are received by the Dublin visa office, however, can take longer to process as they undergo a more detailed assessment. You can find the current appeal processing times for appeals being processed on the Irish Department of Justice website.
Generally, the visa appeal processing time is approximately 6 to 8 weeks from receipt of all the necessary information.