Re-entry visa processing times and decisions

Processing times for re-entry visa applications received by post are published here every weekday, except public holidays. Get help below if you have a question. Apply for a re-entry visa.

Visa decisions ready today (updated: 13 August)

All adult applications have been returned by registered post.

Due to the volume of post on hand, we would ask applicants to please be patient throughout this process and to allow 3-5 working days for delivery of their postal item.

Check with An Post to see when we received your application.

Visa applications currently in-process (updated: 13 August)

Re-entry visa applications in respect of children are currently being processed from the 2nd August.

Please allow 10-15 working days for the return of applications from the date they are received in INIS.

Check with An Post to see if we have received your application.

Help

How soon your decision will be ready

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

To estimate when your visa (if approved) will be ready, you should also include extra time for weekends, public holidays and postal transit.

Processing times also vary based on the number of applications we receive. In general, we are busiest before Christmas and during the summer.

What your decision means

If approved, an Irish visa will be placed into a blank page of your passport and returned to you by registered post along with your personal documents, eg Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.

If refused, we will return your passport and personal documents to you by registered post along with a letter that explains why the application was refused.

Questions and queries

The Re-entry Visa Office no longer has a customer service counter in the INIS Public Office. All queries about re-entry visa applications must be sent to reentryqueries@justice.ie.

 

Contact

If you have questions about re-entry visas, contact us.

Updated: 13 August 2019

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