Re-entry visa for an adult with stamp 1, 1A or 1G

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

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

You need a re-entry visa if you wish to leave Ireland for a short period (usually up to 90 days) and then return again, eg for a holiday, to go to a conference.

If you leave without a re-entry visa or if you do not return within the period shown on your visa, you must apply again for a new long stay or short stay visa from abroad to come back to Ireland.

Read the general conditions for all visas.

2. Who can apply

You can apply for a re-entry visa if you:

  • Are aged 16 or older
  • Have immigration permission to be in Ireland for longer than 90 days, ie based on stamp 1
  • Have been registered by immigration and have a valid registration certificate (GNIB card)
  • Travel using a passport issued by a visa required country or a travel document issued by certain countries

Each individual traveller must apply for a separate visa. There are no family visas.

An application for a child (aged 15 or younger) must be made by their parent or legal guardian.

3. Types of re-entry visa

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

  1. Single journey visa allows you 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 you 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 your registration certificate

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

Emergency visa

In very exceptional circumstances, you can apply for an emergency re-entry visa 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 your application documents and pay the fee (as below)
  3. Submit your 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 an adult (aged 16 or older) with stamp 1, 1A or 1G.

Find out how to apply if you have a different stamp number or are applying for a child aged 15 or younger.

i. Application form

Download and complete the re-entry visa application form.

Document icon Re-entry visa application form
(PDF 100KB)

ii. Passport

Include your current passport with your application. Do not submit a photocopy.

The passport must contain your current immigration permission stamp, eg stamp 1.

iii. Registration certificate (GNIB card)

Include your current registration certificate (GNIB card) with your application. Do not submit a photocopy.

A re-entry visa cannot be issued past the expiry date on your registration certificate.

If necessary, renew your registration before you apply.

iv. Photos

Include 2 passport-sized colour photos of the visa applicant.

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

v. Visa fee

Include the full re-entry visa fee with your application. (Some applicants do not pay this fee.)

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.

vi. Immigration permission documents

Include the following original documents with your application (as relevant for you) based on your immigration stamp number.

Stamp 1

Include one of the following documents (if relevant for you):

  • Original work permit, or
  • Original hosting agreement (if you are a researcher)

Do not submit a photocopy.

Stamp 1A

Ask each of the following organisations to give you an original letter (on header paper) with the information listed below:

  • Your employer (if relevant)
  • Your college (if relevant)

Each letter must contain:

  • Your full name, address and registration certificate (GNIB) number
  • A short description of the training / work / study you are doing
  • How much time you have been training / working / studying with them
  • A statement that they expect you return to Ireland

Include each original letter with your application. Do not submit photocopies.

Stamp 1G

You do not need to submit immigration permission documents.

Submit your application

When ready, put all the items listed above into an envelope. We recommend that 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 a family), 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 your 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 your 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 your documents (and visa, if approved) to you by registered post.

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

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

7. Submit your application by appointment in-person

To submit your 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.)

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 your application will be processed and (if successful) a visa issued to you before you leave. Your visit may take 1 to 2 hours.

Always double-check your 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 your application is approved

An Irish visa will be placed into a blank page of your passport.

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

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

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

If your application is refused

If you apply by post, we will return your passport and documents to you by registered post. We will also include a 'letter of refusal' that explains why your application was refused.

If you apply by appointment, we will return your passport and documents to you before your appointment ends and explain why your 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: 3 October 2017

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3 October 2017

Removed 'The association you are training with' from 'vi. Immigration permission documents, Stamp 1A'

25 September 2017

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