Rockford Overseas Consultants

FAQs - Ireland

No, as Ireland doesn’t come under Schengen area you need to get a visa to take an entry to Ireland.

An Online Visa Application Form needs to be filled by each and every applicant.

Approx. processing times for applications lodged on or after 1st January 2011 is

  • Business Visa: 1-3 Days
  • Short term visas: 1-5 Days
  • Long Term Visas: Up to 10 Days
  • Spouse of EU/Irish Citizen: 4 Weeks
  • Study Visa: 4 Weeks (Approval in Principle 5 Weeks)

Note: All these are indicative processing times only; once an application reaches Irish embassy.  It may take longer time, depending on the complexity of the application.

Yes, Irish Government has started collecting biometric data in the form of fingerprints as a part of the visa application process.

Dates shown on visa are the dates between which you may seek entry to the State of Ireland.

Below is a review of C and D type of Visas for Ireland

C Visas

C visas are for short visits and are issued solely for tourism, family visits, business meetings and conferences. Maximum duration with a C visa is 90 days.

D Visas

This visa is for long term stay. Garda Registration Card is issued to a D-type Visa holder on registration with Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Multi-entry visas are issued to persons in the following circumstances.

  • Regular short visits to Ireland for business meetings. Employer signed document or a duly signed letter by the Ireland Company you are serving is required.
  • To and fro journey between different countries solely for business meeting purpose.
  • Travelling  to and from another country, via Ireland

No, Study visa doesn’t allow any of your family members to join you in this duration.

Yes. An individual Visa in the name of the child is required and it applies even if the child is included on your passport.

Please keep copies of all documents submitted along with your application. Original documents like the marriage and birth certificates will be returned where as bank statements, letters of invitation etc will not be returned.

Please submit a list of your documents (that you want to be returned) along with your application for convenience.

Applications can be processed locally in the Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office in the country in which you applied, within few days for some cases.

But, if your application cannot be processed locally, it will be forwarded to Dublin for further processing by the Department of Justice and Equality.

An official notification will be sent by the Embassy once a decision on your application is taken.

You can file an appeal against the decision by writing to the

Visa Appeals Officer

Visa Section

Department of Justice and Equality

13/14 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2

Submit your appeal to the relevant office either in Abuja, Abu Dhabi, London, Beijing, Moscow or New Delhi.

Duly filled up written form can be forwarded to the Visa Appeals Officer. Faxed and emailed comments will not be considered.

Appeals filed within 2 months of the refusal date would only be considered.

It may take approx. 4-6 weeks from the date of receipt of the appeal.

Appeals Officer will conduct another review of the application on receipt of appeal, and will consider the appeal on account of your comments and submission of supporting documents. On examination and review, the original decision can either be reversed or not changed at all. You will be notified about the changes by the Visa office.