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Almost 16,000 People Refused Visas by Irish State Last Year

Almost 16,000 People Refused Visas by Irish State Last Year

In 2019, recently unveiled figures show almost 16,000 people were refused a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland last year. 

The Department of Justice announced last month that almost 16,000 people were refused a visa to enter Ireland last year.

The figures that were released last month show that 89.6% of the 153,197 visa applicants were accepted entry permission.  

On average, 14% of successful applicants came to Ireland for business purposes while 7.5% came to attend a conference or other work-related mater.  

Only 5% obtained an Employment Visa or a permit as a researcher while 47% (72,364) gained a Tourist Visa. 

However, the data also points to an alarming trend with the majority of African and Asian applicants struggling to obtain a visa into the State. Almost half of all the rejected claims came from Nigeria and Yemen. 

Of the 7,597 visa applications from Nigeria, just 4,126 (54.3%) were approved.  

14% of successful applicants came to Ireland for business purposes while 7.5% came to attend a conference or other work-related mater

Sudan demonstrated similar rejection rates where only 58% of nearly 2,000 applications were granted. 

As for the Republic of Congo, only 23 of 44 applications were granted – and only 15 of 31 applications from the Gambia were successful too. 

Applicants from Asia similarly faced high rejection rates. Applications from both war-torn regions Syria and Yemen yielded negative results. 

Of those met with the highest success rates, most came from India and China. India in fact is home to the largest number of visa applications entering Ireland, in which the success rate was 96% of the 37,000 who applied. As for China, 96.5% of the 22,990 applications were granted. 

Yet applicants from certain countries had a 100% success rate, including Cape Verde, Madagascar, Palau and Papua New Guinea. 

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A large number of visa applicants were refused entry permission into Ireland last year. [Image: Chuttersnap.]

The Department of Justice noted that the State’s visa process was vital to support Ireland’s economy, particularly in tourism, while also marking the country as a hot spot for international students and foreign workers. However, the system also has to be fair and balanced

The Department of Justice noted that the State’s visa process was vital to support Ireland’s economy, particularly in tourism, while also marking the country as a hot spot for international students and foreign workers. However, the system also has to be fair and balanced. 

A spokesman said: “As with all visa services worldwide, the central concern in deciding on visa applications is to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the country’s vital national interests by maintaining an effective immigration regime while at the same time not placing unnecessary or unreasonable obstacles in the way of intending visitors.” 

In addition, the Department noted that there has been a significant rise in visa applicants in a short span of time, rising by 53% from 2014 when only 101,500 people sought a visa into the State.  

The spokesman continued: “Notwithstanding this increase, processing times have been maintained and in some cases improved on over the period.” 

The news presses the need for applicants to seek immigration advice more than ever. Refusals can be common for a wide range of reasons, but mostly fall down to applicants failing to meet the stringent visa requirements or by making errors in their application

The news presses the need for applicants to seek immigration advice more than ever. Refusals can be common for a wide range of reasons, but mostly fall down to applicants failing to meet the stringent visa requirements or by making errors in their application.  

If you are concerned about your visa application, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help you. Our Irish immigration lawyers are well versed in all areas of Irish immigration law, including Work Visas, Study Visas, Tourist Visas, and Family Visas. In the unfortunate event that your visa is refused, IAS can even help you Appeal the State’s decision. Contact us today on (+353) 061 518 025 to see how we can help you migrate to Ireland.