Online Visa Application-Frequently Asked Questions

 

25th June 2008, © Department of Justice and Equality 2007

Disclaimer:
These documents are intended to assist applicants in their dealings with the Visa Section throughout the Visa application process. As such it is intended for guidance purposes only.
They will be updated from time to time as procedures and policies change, therefore applicants are advised to refer to the up to date version of these questions on the website before submitting any applications or documents.

  1. Can all applicants for a visa to Ireland use this online facility?  
  2. Can I complete this application in a language other than English?  
  3. How do I submit my passport and other supporting documents?  
  4. Can I pay for my visa online?  
  5. I am unable to retrieve my application, why is this?  
  6. What browsers are supported?  
  7. I am travelling to Northern Ireland - is this the correct application form?  
  8. Who is an EEA national?  
  9. My Country of Residence is listed as a Supported Country but I am unable to access the On-line Applications Form, why is this?  

 

Can all applicants for a visa to Ireland use this online facility?

If you are residing outside the State and wish to apply for a visa, you must complete your application online

For people who are already in Ireland and wish to apply for a Re-Entry Visa, you must complete a Re-Entry Visa Application Form which is available on www.inis.gov.ie. Online applications for this category of visa cannot be accepted.

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Can I complete this application in a language other than English?

No. All visa applications for Ireland, whether completed online or on pre-printed application forms must be completed in English. We provide information on our website www.inis.gov.ie in 7 languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Turkish and Urdu which you should refer to prior to completing your application.

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How do I submit my passport and other supporting documents?

When you have entered all your details online, you will need to print a Summary Sheet. This will contain some of the information you have entered. The Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office, to which your online application has been directed, will be shown on this sheet and will include a website address for that office. You should check that website for details of how you should submit your application, along with your passport, photograph, appropriate fee, and all other supporting documents. Details of the fees payable and accepted methods of payment can also be found on that website.

 

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Can I pay for my visa online?

It is not possible to make your payment online. You will need to pay when submitting your application form and supporting documents. You should check the website of relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office for details.

 

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I am unable to retrieve my application, why is this?

It is possible to retrieve your application for a period of 30 days after you are issued with a transaction number. To retrieve your application you need to enter this number, your passport number, nationality and your date of birth. All of this information must match exactly with the details you entered on your online application form.

Once you have clicked on the Submit button you will still be able to retrieve your application. However, it will not be possible for you to make any further changes to your form at this stage. If you realise after submitting your form that some information you gave is incorrect, you should include written details of this when submitting your application and supporting documents.

 

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What browsers are supported?

The Online Application Facility supports the following browsers:

Internet Explorer Version 6 or later
Mozilla Firefox Version 2 or later
Netscape Version 9
Safari Version 3 or later
Opera Version 9.2X

 

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I am travelling to Northern Ireland - is this the correct application form?

No. This application form is for visas for the Republic of Ireland only. If you wish to travel to Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone) you will require a UK visa. However, if you wish to enter the Republic of Ireland at any time during your stay in Northern Ireland, you will also require an Irish visa.

 

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Who is an EEA national?

The EEA is the European Economic Area and consists of all EU Member States, plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

 

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Last Modified:20-05-2011