Re-entry visa for a child aged 4 or less

A child needs a re-entry visa if they have permission to remain in Ireland for longer than 90 days and travel using a passport issued by a visa required country or a travel document issued by certain countries.

A child's application must be made by their parent.

NOTE: Demand for re-entry visas is very high. You should apply early by registered post to get a visa on time. You should not make travel plans until you have a visa.

1. About re-entry visas

A child needs a re-entry visa to leave Ireland for a short period (usually up to 90 days) and then return again, eg on holiday with their parents.

If the child leaves without a re-entry visa or does not return within the period shown on the visa, you (the child's parent) must apply for a new long stay or short stay visa for them to come back to Ireland.

Re-entry visa applications for children should be submitted by registered post. No fee will be charged in respect of these applications.

Read the general conditions for all visas.

2. Who can apply

A child cannot apply for a re-entry visa by themselves. The application must be made by their parent.

You can apply for a re-entry visa for your child if they:

  • Are aged 15 or younger
  • Have immigration permission to be in Ireland for longer than 90 days
  • Travel using a passport issued by a visa required country or a travel document issued by certain countries
  • A Reentry visa for a child will be issued for a maximum period of 2 years, depending on the term of the parents permission and validity of the child’s passport

You must apply for a separate visa for each child. There are no family visas.

3. Types of re-entry visa

There are 2 types of re-entry visa. Select the one you want on the application form when you apply:

  1. Single journey visa allows a child to leave and return to Ireland on one occasion during the period shown on the visa, typically within a 90 day period
  2. Multiple journey visa allows a child to leave for short journeys and return to Ireland on more than one occasion during the period shown on the visa, all children under 16 years will get a multiple visa in line with their parent's registration certificate to a maximum of one year.

If the application is successful, a visa officer will decide which visa to grant. The type of visa and period granted may vary depending on circumstances.

Emergency visa

In very exceptional circumstances, you can apply for your child at short notice, eg due to death or serious illness in your family by submitting an email to email reentryqueries@justice.ie.

4. How to apply

To apply for a re-entry visa:

  1. Download and complete the application form (as below)
  2. Prepare the application documents (as below)
  3. Submit the visa application by registered post

IMPORTANT: You should not purchase travel tickets before you receive a visa decision.

5. Application form, documents

Submit everything listed below if you are applying for a child aged 4 or less.

Find out how to apply if your child is aged 5 to 15.

i. Application form

Download and complete the re-entry visa application form on behalf of your child.

Document icon Re-entry visa application form
(PDF 287KB)

ii. Passport

Include the child's current passport with the application. Do not submit a photocopy.

iii. Birth certificate

Include the child's original birth certificate with the application.

Include an original certified translation (into English or Irish) of the birth certificate if it is not in the English or Irish language. Find out how to make a certified translation.

Do not submit photocopies.

iv. Parent's registration certificate

Include the current registration certificate (ie Irish Residence Permit or GNIB card) for one of the child's parents with the application. Do not submit a photocopy.

If you are making a visa application for yourself and your child, include your registration certificate with your own personal application documents. Then submit each application together as below.

v. Photos

Include 2 passport-sized colour photos of your child.

The photos must meet all the following rules for visa photographs.

Submit the application

When ready, put all the items listed above into an envelope. We recommend you use a strong padded envelope to prevent damage and help stop items being lost.

If you are making applications for more than 1 person (eg you and your child/children), submit them together. To do so:

  • Place each person's application documents into separate ordinary envelopes
  • Write the name of each applicant on each envelope
  • Then place each envelope into a larger (padded) envelope

Double-check that everything is included. You can then submit your application(s) by registered post:

6. Submit the application by registered post

You must submit your application by registered post at a post office.

Registered post is more secure than ordinary post. You can also track your package online.

Do not send the application by ordinary post. We will return it to you without processing.

Application address

Re-entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

When to apply

It takes 10-15 working days to process a re-entry visa application submitted by post.

When deciding when to apply, you should also include extra time for weekends, public holidays and postage to-and-from the Re-entry Visa Processing Office.

Return address

After processing we will return the documents (and visa, if approved) to the child's address by registered post.

To request a different return address, type or write a note with the new address and include it with the application. We cannot accept a request for a new return address after you submit the application.

Always double-check the visa (if approved) to make sure the details are correct, eg name, date of birth, dates of visa validity, etc. If not, contact us.

7. Visa decisions

Visa decisions are made in the order applications are received.

For applications received through the postal system, an update on applications is published every weekday.

If the application is approved

An Irish visa will be placed into a blank page of the child's passport.

For applications received through the postal system, we will return the passport, visa and documents by registered post. (If you requested a different return address, we will send them there.)

Double-check the visa when you receive it to make sure the details are correct, eg name, date of birth, dates of visa validity, etc. If not, contact us.

If the application is refused

For applications received through the postal system, we will return the passport and documents by registered post. We will also include a 'letter of refusal' that explains why the application was refused.

You may wish to address the reason(s) for the refusal and (if possible) apply again.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated:13 May 2019

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