Processing times for Preclearance scheme applications

We separate Preclearance applications and Preclearance appeals into separate queues. We divide those queues into smaller queues for the Preclearance types detailed below. Each application (or appeal) is placed in the queue in the order we received them in the Dublin Office. Applications and appeals received by the Dublin Office before the dates shown below, are now being processed – not all of those applications received before the dates below have been decided. Please bear in mind that your application or appeal will arrive in Dublin a number of days (or weeks) after you send it to us. All dates are updated every Tuesday.

Applications and appeals now being processed (updated: 02 March 2021)

If your application falls into one of these categories, you can apply on-line in the usual way. Once you have completed the on-line application, you should follow the instructions given on the summary page as to where you should submit the application. Updates will be posted on the COVID updates and announcements section of the website.

Preclearance type

Date applications received in Dublin

Date appeals received in Dublin

Family Member of UK National Suspended due to Covid-19 N/A
Minister of Religion Suspended due to Covid-19 22 February 2021
Volunteer Suspended due to Covid-19 15 February 2021
De Facto (unmarried) Partner of Irish National Suspended due to Covid-19 02 February 2021
De Facto (unmarried) Partner of CSEP/HA Suspended due to Covid-19 18 February 2021

(*Processing times for Visa applications are available by visiting the Visa Processing times web page.)

The time it takes to process your application may increase if we need more documents from you, or if a detailed assessment of family rights under the Irish Constitution or the European Convention on Human Rights is required.

Please note: Processing times can change during the year, for example before holiday periods. You are advised not to pay for a travel ticket before you receive a decision on your application. There is no guarantee that any individual application will be successful.


If you need further information on Preclearance, visit the pages linked above or email

Page updated: 02 March 2021