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. The best way to get a visa on time is to apply early by post. 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.

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:

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, typically up to the expiry date on their parent's registration certificate

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 an emergency re-entry visa for your child at short notice, eg due to death or serious illness in your family.

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 and pay the fee (as below)
  3. Submit the visa application by registered post or by appointment in-person

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

5. Application form, documents and fee

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 100KB)

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 (GNIB card)

Include the current registration certificate (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. Proof of your child's residence in Ireland

Doctor's letter

Ask your child's doctor/GP (general practitioner) to give you an original letter on header paper with the following information:

  • The full name and address of your child
  • Confirmation that your child is registered with and attending the doctor's practice

Include this letter with your application. Do not submit a photocopy.

The letter must not be more than 1 week old on the date you submit the application.

IMPORTANT: We cannot accept a letter from a pre-school, kindergarten, crèche or Montessori. You must include an original letter from your doctor/GP. Your application will be refused without the doctor's letter.

vi. Photos

Include 2 passport-sized colour photos of your child.

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

One of the photos must be officially stamped (on the back) by your doctor/GP, ie to confirm that it is a true image of your child.

vii. Visa fee

Include the full re-entry visa fee with your application. (The fee does not apply to some children.)

You must pay by bank draft or postal order only. Do not send a cheque, cash or other type of payment. If you do, your application will be returned to you without processing.

Read a longer description about how to pay.

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) either:

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 up to 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. Submit the application by appointment in-person

To submit an application in-person, you must book an appointment online and be able to visit the Re-entry Visa Processing Office at Burgh Quay, Dublin. (See map and opening times.)

Your child does not have to come to the appointment.

Do not come to the office without an appointment. You will not be seen.

NOTE: Appointments are booked very quickly. You are unlikely to find one if you apply late. The easiest way to get a visa on time is to apply early by post.

To book an appointment

  1. Go to https://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie
  2. Enter all your information, including:
    • For Appointment Type, select 'Individual' or 'Family'
    • For Visa Type, select 'Single' or 'Multiple' (ie same as the application form)
    • For Appointment Date, select a day and time
  3. When finished, you will receive an appointment confirmation by email

Print the email and bring it to your appointment with you.

At your appointment

Arrive at the visa office 10 minutes before your appointment time. Make sure you bring the completed application form, documents and visa fee (as above) with you.

In most cases the application will be processed and (if successful) a visa issued before you leave. The visit may take 1 to 2 hours.

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

8. Visa decisions

Visa decisions are made in the order applications are received.

If you apply by post, 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.

If you apply by post, we will return the passport, visa and documents by registered post. (If you requested a different return address, we will send them there.)

If you apply by appointment, we will return the passport, visa and documents to you before the appointment ends.

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

If you apply by post, 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.

If you apply by appointment, we will return the passport and documents to you before the appointment ends and explain why the application was refused.

In both cases, you may wish to address the reason(s) for the refusal and (if possible) apply again.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 25 September 2017

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