NOTICES:

The new ON-LINE RE-ENTRY VISA APPOINTMENTS SERVICE is now available at http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie

 

RE-ENTRY VISAS

If you are a visa required national residing in Ireland with a valid permission to remain, you will need a re-entry visa to return to the State if you leave for a short period.  
 

You may apply by:

  • REGISTERED POST (this should always be the first option)  

or if you wish to make an appointment to attend the Public Office in Burgh Quay

  • ON-LINE RE-ENTRY VISA APPOINTMENTS SERVICE 

NOTE:  Applicants must use REGISTERED POST only as regular or same day post will not be accepted.

The simplest and most convenient way to apply for a re-entry visa is by registered post using the Re-Entry Visa Application Form.

Postal applications are normally processed within 10 working days and should always be the first option for applicants. 

More generally, the position in relation to emergency appointments is that a limited number of such appointments are available each day to cover an unforeseen event such as the death or serious illness of a family member, or for emergency medical treatment of the applicant, and the applicant must be travelling within the next 2 days. When you attend your emergency appointment you will be required to show documentary proof that your application meets this definition. The cost of an emergency visa is €60 plus Administration fee of €100.

There is no need to attend the Public Office in person. However, if you wish to do so, an appointment must first be made using our On-Line Appointments Service by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie.

You should also note that the visa that will issue under emergency circumstances is a single entry visa to facilitate your emergency travel only. The validity period will expire 5 days after the date of your return to Ireland as shown on your return flight ticket. All required documentation must be provided as required for a re-entry visa along with your travel tickets.

 

BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR APPLICATION:

A re-entry visa is necessary for travel purposes only.  If you are not travelling, you are not required to have a re-entry visa. 

You are free to leave the State without a re-entry visa. However, in that case, in order to return to Ireland, you must make a new application in your country of origin for an entry visa. The time frame for such an application may be up to 8 weeks.  As such, it is strongly advised that you obtain a re-entry visa before you leave Ireland.

A separate re-entry visa is required for every child, therefore a separate application form must be completed for each child. This applies even where the child is included on your passport.  In the interest of child safety and in compliance with International travel guidelines, we recommend that every child has his/her own passport.

Once a child reaches 16 years of age, they are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and obtain a GNIB Registration card in their own name before any further re-entry visas can be issued to them.

If you are applying for a re-entry visa because your previous passport has expired, please include your previous passport with your application.

PLEASE NOTE:  You are advised NOT to purchase travel tickets before your re-entry visa has been issued.

 

REGISTERED POST APPLICATIONS:

Please submit the completed Re-Entry Visa Application Form, along with all the required documentation as indicated on the Re-entry Visa Checklist by REGISTERED POST to:

Re-Entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)
Department of Justice & Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2

Your application will be processed, where possible, within 10 working days (on receipt of all required documents) and returned to you by registered post.  However, this timeline may increase at peak processing times throughout the year such as Christmas and holiday periods.  Please check current processing times for information about what date we are currently working on.

Please allow up to 2 postal working days for an application to be received in  the Re-Entry Office from when you posted it and, likewise, for your application to be returned to you by registered post from the date it is processed.

All documentation will be returned to you by registered post.  Please ensure your address on the application form is complete and clearly legible.

 

ON-LINE RE-ENTRY VISA APPOINTMENTS SERVICE:

Please log on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie to make an appointment to see a Visa Officer in the Public Office.  Follow the simple steps in order to confirm your appointment and bring with you all the required documentation along with your email confirmation of your appointment on your confirmed date and time.

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL PLANS BEFORE YOU HAVE SECURED YOUR VISA FOR TRAVEL.

 

RE-ENTRY VISA CHECKLIST

 

What you need to apply for a Re-entry Visa:

  • A valid passport or travel document (stamped by Immigration Officials)
  • Relevant Fee (if applicable – see below)
  • Garda (GNIB) Registration Card (Persons must register for their own card on their 16th Birthday)
  • 2 Irish passport standard colour photographs with  BRIGHT WHITE background. PRINT YOUR NAME CLEARLY ON THE BACK OF ONE PHOTOGRAPH.
  • No more than 6 months old, printed on photographic paper, sharp and clear (face covering 75% of photo)
  • Head coverings, hats or hair bands are NOT permitted unless for religious or medical reasons
  • Sunglasses are not acceptable.  If glasses are worn, they should be of clear glass so that the eyes are visible and please ensure that there is no reflection on the lenses.

 

How much does it cost:

  • Postal Order or Bank Draft only  made payable to the Department of Justice and Equality
  • No excess payments over the specified fee amounts can be accepted.
  • There are two types of visa’s generally available along with the Emergency option:

 

VISA TYPE

FEE

SINGLE

€60

MULTIPLE

€100

EMERGENCY

€160*

 

  • *Emergency VisaThe cost of the visa is €60 plus Administrative fee of €100. There are a limited number of such appointments are available each day to cover an unforeseen event such as the death or serious illness of a family member, or for emergency medical treatment of the applicant, and the applicant must be travelling within the next 2 days. When you attend your emergency appointment you will be required to show documentary proof that your application meets this definition.  The visa that will issue under emergency circumstances is a single entry visa to facilitate your emergency travel only. The validity period will expire 5 days after the date of your return to Ireland as shown on your return flight ticket. All required documentation must be provided as required for a re-entry visa along with your travel tickets.
  • Fee exempt - Spouse of an Irish National - your permission to reside in the State MUST be based on your Spouse and their Irish Nationality.  You must submit the Original Government/State/Civil Marriage Certificate with the original Irish passport of your Spouse.

Children of Irish Citizen (Under 18) are fee exempt when you submit their Parents Irish passport along with the other required documents for the Children (see below).

  • We advise that all children hold their own passports for International travel.
  • Under EU Law, the following  are exempt from fees:
    • Spouses of EEA/EU/Swiss nationals (Copy of bio page of passport of EEA/EU/Swiss national and Original Civil/State/Government issued marriage certificate and original certified translation attached if applicable, is required) Religious/Traditional/Embassy issued marriage certificates are not acceptable.
    • Children under 21 years of age of EEA/EU/Swiss nationals or their spouses. Dependant over 21 and dependent parents of EEA/EU/Swiss nationals or their spouses**
  • **In these cases, an Irish Affidavit confirming their dependency on EEA/EU/Swiss national is required.  The copy of the bio-page of the passport of the EEA/EU/Swiss national, and original birth certificates, marriage certificates, and/or other documents which confirm the line of ascent/descent, are also required (and original certified translations attached if applicable) Religious/Traditional/Embassy issued marriage certificates are not acceptable.

 

More information:

 

CHILDREN UNDER 5

(NOT ATTENDING PRIMARY SCHOOL)

CHILDREN OVER 5 UP TO 16

(ATTENDING PRIMARY SCHOOL AND ABOVE)

STUDENTS

(ATTENDING COLLEGE)

Original Birth Certificate (with translation by Certified Translation Company if applicable)

Original Birth Certificate (with translation by Certified Translation Company if applicable)

GNIB card

A letter (no more than one week old) from Doctor/GP confirming that the child is registered with their practice and that they have attended the practice

A stamped letter from the school (no more than one week old) confirming attendance.  If the child is moving from Primary school to Secondary school, you must submit the letter of acceptance/confirmation of place from Secondary school

Letter from college (no more than one week old)  stating the title and duration of your course and confirming your level of attendance (min.  80%)

Two Irish Passport standard photographs, one of which must be officially stamped and signed by the doctor/GP on the back

Two Irish Passport standard photographs, one of which must be officially stamped on the back by the school

Two Passport photographs

Pre-school/Creche/Montessori letters are NOT accepted.

 

During Summer holidays, a letter obtained from the school prior to it’s closure to state that the child is returning to the school for the new school term together with their end of year report card will suffice in place of the attendance letter

If you wish to leave the State during the school/college term, the letter should also include the date of departure and the date you will resume your studies

 

NOTE: A VISA OFFICER MAY ASK FOR FURTHER DOCUMENTS WHERE DEEMED NECESSARY

 

NOTE:  Please check our website www.inis.gov.ie for updates regarding processing times and other relevant information