Visa Scam

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has become aware of a scam regarding a fraudulent email being received by visa applicants requesting the payment of a "Security Deposit" as proof of sufficient funds for travel. The email advises the applicant that this deposit must be made before the visa can be approved.  In the majority of cases coming to the attention of INIS, the email has been sent from this address - 

This email address is not affiliated with INIS in any way.  Please ignore any such email if received.

If you receive a request alleging to come from an INIS office or a Department of Foreign Affairs embassy requesting bank details or money, please contact to investigate.

The appropriate fees and payment methods for visa applications can be found at the following link: Fees

Please note the official email address for visa application queries is

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have responsibility with regard to work permit applications and their cost. For further information, their website is


January 2012