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How long will my visa be valid for?

A – The dates shown on a visa are the dates between which you may seek entry to the State.

There are two types of visas – C and D.

C Visas

C visas are issued for a short-term trip only, usually for the purpose of tourism, visiting family, business meetings or conferences.

The maximum duration for which the Immigration Officer will allow you remain in the State with a C visa is 90 days.

Once this time has elapsed, your permission to remain will not be extended and you must leave the State.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from Ireland. If you are resident in a country other than your country of origin, your residence permit must be valid for 3 months after your intended departure form Ireland.

D Visas

If you have been issued with a D visa you are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). You will be issued with an Irish Residence Permit (IRP). The cost of registration is €300. (There are exemptions from this fee for certain categories of people).

It is advisable that your passport is valid for a period of at least 12 months as you will not be registered by GNIB beyond the expiry date of your passport, and you will be required to pay the fee each time you register. Further information is available at


July 2011