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Top Visa Questions

Main Visa Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

How much does a visa to Ireland cost?

Can I pay by cheque or credit/debit card?

How long does it take to process my application?

Do I need an appointment to lodge my visa application?

My passport has been lost/stolen with my valid Irish visa, what do I do?

I already have a UK or Schengen visa

I have a valid C-General Visa from the UK, do I need a visa for Ireland?

I hold a Schengen visa: do I need a visa for Ireland?

Will an Irish visa allow me to travel to the UK and Northern Ireland?

I am currently on holiday/visiting family and/or friends. Can I apply for a visa?

I have been granted a visa for Ireland

Supporting documents

What documents do I need?

Once I’ve completed my online application, do I have to do anything else?

I’m going to Ireland for a short visit, what supporting documentation do I need?

Will my documents be returned to me?

My application

What is a visa?

Can my application be processed more quickly?

I sent my documents in to your office by post: how do I know if they have arrived?

I sent in my application by post but it was returned to me – why?

My visa application has been refused: why?

Do I have to go to the Consulate to lodge my application?

Can someone lodge an application on my behalf?

All other questions

I want to apply for an Irish visa but due to travel commitments I need my passport. What can I do?

How long will my visa be valid for?

Does my child need their own visa?

Multiple entry visas

How do I get a multi entry visa?

I have no previous travel history to Ireland but would like a multi entry visa

Will my visa be valid for multiple trips?

Study/Employment Visas

Can I come to Ireland to study?

If I get a study visa, can my spouse/family join me in Ireland?

Can I come to Ireland to work?

If I get permission to work in Ireland, can my spouse/family join me?

Will my spouse be able to work?

Working Holiday Authorizations (WHA) FAQ – US Passport holders only

Background information on Working Holiday Authorization

Can I apply for a Working Holiday Authorization (WHA) at the Irish Consulate in Boston?

How long does it take for the WHA application to be processed?

Can I just go to Ireland and make the application there? 

How much does a WHA application cost?