***PLEASE NOTE*** From 24 June 2014, nationals of Venezuela will be required to be in possession of a visa in order to travel to Ireland.



Please note that we are currently not accepting TOEFL English language tests taken after 17 April, 2014 for the purposes of student visa applications.


Please Note: This office endeavours to deal with all Visa applications in the fastest possible time, however you should submit your application at least 8 weeks in advance of proposed date of travel to allow for the possible transfer of your application to Dublin. At present, visa applications referred to the Visa Office, Dublin are generally taking 8 weeks to process, from date of receipt.

We advise applicants NOT to pay for airline or other travel tickets without having been issued with a visa.


*PLEASE NOTE: A visa will show the dates between which you may seek to enter the State. It is a matter for the Immigration Officer at the port of entry to determine whether you may enter the State and also the duration of your leave to remain. In the case of a C Visa the maximum duration that the Immigration Officer may authorise is 90 days from your date of entry.


Policy for consideration of short-stay ‘C’ visas


*PLEASE NOTE: If you are a non-EEA national and wish to accompany or join an EU citizen family member who is moving to or residing in Ireland the information below is not applicable- please click here for information about this.

Persons who are not citizens of Ireland and who are not a national of one of the countries listed here are required to have a valid Irish visa to land in the State (section 4(5)(b) of the Immigration Act, 2004).


All applicants for a single-trip or multi-trip short-stay ‘C’ visit visa must show that they have sufficiently strong family, social or economic ties to a place of residence in a country other than Ireland to assure the visa officer assessing the application that the projected stay in Ireland will be temporary and in accordance with the duration and conditions of the permission granted on arrival in Ireland. The maximum stay allowed under a ‘C’ visa is 90 days.


The responsibility for demonstrating substantial ties to a country other than Ireland rests with you, the applicant. The burden of proof in all cases is on you to satisfy the deciding officer. The deciding officer may verify any evidence submitted in support of your application.


There is no right to a visa nor is there one set of documents or circumstances of application that will guarantee the approval of an application. However, the documents normally required in support of an application are listed here.


In assessing an application, a visa officer may look at the following issues:

  • that you will leave Ireland at the end of your visit;
  • that you, or relatives or friends in Ireland who are sponsoring your trip, have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or accessing public funds;
  • that you have proof of return or onward travel arrangements;
  • that you will not breach the Common Travel Area by seeking to enter the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa;
  • your immigration history in relation to Ireland, the UK, the Schengen Zone and other countries;

and any other issue which the visa officer deems relevant.


A history of serious crimes committed by the applicant, serious breaches of Irish or UK immigration law or presentation of false documentation or making of false statements in support of an application can, of themselves, be reasons for refusal of a visa for which an appeal may not be allowed. This is the norm in many countries.


In summary, you will need to show clearly the following:

  • that you will leave Ireland before your visa/permission to remain expire
  • that you have sufficient resources to look after yourself while you are here
  • that you are of good character and have told the truth in your application and have not left out anything important
  • that you are not using a visa to Ireland as a way of getting around lawful entry to the UK or the rest of the EU.


* Please click here for our new Immigration Policy Guidelines on Family Reunification published on 31 December 2013.


Visa Scam: INIS has recently been made aware of a visa scam. To read more about this please click on the following link. Please read - Important Notice!


Note: Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme

As and from 1 November 2012 nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina may avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme.

As and from 18 November 2013 nationals of Thailand may avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver.


If you are from one of eighteen listed countries and planning to travel to the UK for tourism or business purposes from 1 July 2011, you will now be able to add on a trip to Ireland without the need to obtain an Irish visa in addition to your UK visa. Read more here..... 

These pages answer some common questions about Irish visas, and show you how to apply for a visa. This information is for guidance only and does not limit the discretion of the Irish authorities in individual visa or immigration cases.

Not all non-EEA nationals need an Irish visa when coming to Ireland.

A visa is a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not guarantee permission to enter Ireland. A short-stay (C) visa is for stays of up to 90 days. A long-stay (D) visa is for stays of longer than 90 days.

An Immigration Officer at the port of entry decides whether or not to admit a person to the State. The Immigration Officer also decides how long a person may remain in Ireland.

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Ireland. (List of Countries) S.I. 417 of 2012 Schedule 1 This document is a pdf 

Citizens of all other countries need a visa when coming to Ireland, even if already living in Ireland. However, some family members of EU nationals, and some holders of travel documents issued in accordance with Section 28 of the Geneva Convention, may not always need an Irish visa S.I. No. 417 of 2012 - Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) Order 2012 This document is a pdf 

Citizens of some countries need a visa to transit through an Irish port or airport, even if they are only passing through that port to travel on to another country. Further details can be found on Transit Visas web page. 


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