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Re-entry visa processing times and decisions

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

Visa applications currently in-process

Processing dates for Re-entry visa applications in respect of children can be found here - Processing times and decisions at the Dublin Visa Office.

Please allow 2-3 working days for delivery by An Post.

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


How soon your decision will be ready

It can take up to 15 - 20 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



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

Updated: 10 November 2020