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Employment (Scientific Researcher)


1.  When you can apply

You can apply for an Employment (Scientific Researcher) Visa if you are seeking to come to Ireland for the purposes of carrying out research under a “hosting agreement”.

You are advised to familiarise yourself with the immigration arrangements applying to scientific researchers seeking to come to Ireland under a hosting agreement  before you make your visa application.

If your immediate family members intend to join you in Ireland, and are also visa required, each member must make a separate application for a visa. Guidelines on making Join Family visa applications can be found here.

You can apply for an Employment (Scientific Researcher) visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

If you are visiting another State prior to travelling to Ireland, you must have the relevant visa for that State in your passport before applying for an Irish visa.


2.  How to apply

You must apply online for a visa.

When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation.

The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation.

You may be required to provide your Biometrics information part of the application process.


A guide to supporting documentation is set out below.

Important: Do not include false or misleading information or documents in your application. If you do, your application may be refused. In some circumstances, you may not be allowed to appeal the visa decision and may be blocked from getting an Irish visa for 5 years.


3.  Fees

Please refer to the table of Fees for information on the fee that you are required to pay.

Some applicants are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Read more here.

You may be required to pay additional charges e.g. relating to the submission of your documents.

You may be able to pay the fee in local currency.

The website of the Visa Office/Embassy/ Consulate will have details about additional charges and local payment options.


4.  How long it will take

Applications are processed in date order.

You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application.

Processing times can vary between countries. They can also vary during high volume periods during the year. However, you can generally expect a decision within 8 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate. 

Your application may take longer if e.g. you have not submitted all necessary supporting documentation, your supporting documentation needs to be verified or because of your personal circumstances (e.g. if you have a criminal conviction).

You can check the processing times for the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate that is handling your application on their website.

If your application is being processed by the Visa Office, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Department of Justice and Equality, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin you can check the date of the applications currently being processed on the Visa Decisions page.


5.  Activities not permitted with this Visa

You are not permitted to:

  • undertake paid or unpaid work, other than that for which you have already been approved,
  • access any public funds.


6.  Supporting documentation

The documents below are important because they provide information about your personal circumstances in the country from which you are applying.

The onus is on you to satisfy the Visa Officer that a visa should be granted for the purpose sought.

The submission of any or all of these documents does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

Original documents must be provided.

If you submit a document that is not in English/Irish, it must be accompanied by a full translation. Each translated document must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document,
  • the date of the translation,
  • the translator’s full name and signature, and
  • the translator’s contact details.

Send us both the original documents and the certified translations.

Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State outside of the EEA or Switzerland, must be attested/apostilled as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State that issued the document, in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes. Such documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary. Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Certificates that were issued by a State within the EEA or Switzerland do not require to be attested as genuine from Member States. A translation of these documents is not required where a multilingual standard form (MSF) is also provided. Such MSF forms are available from Member States on request. If an MSF is not provided by you then those documents are required to be translated into English or Irish, if necessary in order that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes.  Translations done outside the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested/apostilled as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs. Translations done in the EEA or Switzerland do not need to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will also accept the Extract of a European marriage certificate, issued in accordance with the “Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status records“, as proof of a marriage within the EEA or Switzerland.

All letters submitted from a business, company or other organisation should be on official headed paper and give full contact details so that they can be verified. These must include a full postal address, name of contact, position in the organisation, telephone number (landline), website, and email address (email addresses such as Yahoo or Hotmail are not accepted).

The Visa Officer considers each application on its merits and may request additional information or documentation.




Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documents set out below.

If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.


Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old

Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back. More information on photograph requirements here.


Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports

Your current passport must be valid for at least 12 months after your proposed dates of arrival in Ireland


A signed letter of application including your full contact details:

  • outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,
  • giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
  • giving details of how long you intend to stay in Ireland,
  • giving details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland,
  • undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.



  • You must provide an up-to-date bank statement, showing what money has been paid into and out of the account over the last six months and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
  • Bank statements must be on headed paper - internet printouts will not be accepted.
  • Your name, address, account number and account type must be visible on the statement. Any large lodgements must be explained.
  • If you are sending a bank statement from a deposit/savings account, you must also include a letter from your bank confirming that you are allowed to withdraw money from that account.


Copy of Hosting Agreement with accredited research organisation


Copy of contract of employment (if issued by the research organisation)


Medical/Travel Insurance

Evidence of medical/travel insurance does not need to be provided with your application. However, the Visa Officer may request it before they make a decision on your application.

If your visa is approved, you must have evidence of medical/travel insurance when you arrive at the port of entry (airport/seaport) and must present it to the Immigration Officer on request.


Previous Visa Refusals

If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details.

The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.

Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.



7.  Return of documents

All documents accompanying your application must be originals.

You should keep copies of all the documents that you provide.

Original documents such as marriage/birth/death certificates will be returned to you. However, other documents such as bank statements or letters of invitation will not be returned.

If there are particular documents that you wish to have returned, please provide a list of these documents with the application.

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