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COVID-19 Visa Information

All visa processing has resumed. Please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.

Please note that current visa processing time is approximately 8 weeks. Processing times vary depending on type of visa and nature of application.

Current single entry visa fee: $81

Current multiple entry visa fee: $136

Current transit visa fee: $34

Please add $15 for the return Fedex Delivery. Payment is by Money Order or Cashiers Check only. 

Current single entry visa fee: $81

Current multiple entry visa fee: $136

Current transit visa fee: $34

Whether you need a visa to travel to Ireland depends on what country you're from. Visit the Irish Immigration Service Travel Path for more information regarding your personal requirements for travelling to Ireland.

Information on visa requirements for transiting through Ireland is available here

Please note that Ireland is not party to the Schengen Agreement, and a Schengen visa or residence permit does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa.

Unless you qualify for the Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme or the British Irish Visa Scheme a valid UK visa does not entitle you to travel to Ireland without a visa. Further information on these schemes is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Note: A visa allows you to travel to Ireland only. It does not give you permission to enter the country or to stay here. An immigration officer at border control can refuse entry even if you have a visa.

 

Remember…

If you're a citizen of a non-EEA country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

Full information on the different types of visas, required documentation, and how to apply can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service

Information on applying for a short-stay (less than 90 days) tourist visa is available here.

Information on coming to work in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to study in Ireland is available here.

Information on coming to join family in Ireland is available here.

If your visa application is refused, you will receive a letter from the visa office telling you why it has been refused and if you can appeal the decision.

Further information on appealing visa decisions is available on the website of the Irish Immigration Service

All appeals are handled directly by the Irish Immigration Service

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form 

This will generate an application summary form and declaration at the end, which you must print, sign and date.

  1. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee.
  2. Submit your application

To complete the process, you must submit your passport and supporting documents for processing. Where you submit your application depends on where you are living. The summary application form will direct you to the relevant Embassy, Consulate or Visa Application Centre.

Check the website of the relevant Embassy or Consulate for further information on how to submit your application for processing

If you applied at an Embassy or Consulate, they will contact you once a decision on the visa application has been made.

If you applied directly to an Irish Immigration Service Visa Office or if your application was referred to the Irish Immigration Service for a decision, you can check the Irish Immigration Service Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Immigration Service.

Information on entry for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals is available here

Information on entry for non-EU, non-EEA and non-Swiss nationals is available here.

Information on travelling with children is available here.

Information on transiting through Ireland is available here.

Check the website of the Irish Immigration Servicefor information on preclearance and entry visa fees, including information on visa fee exemptions.

You can also contact your local Embassy or Consulate for more details on fees and payment methods

Important Information

If you wish to have your visa mailed to you instead of picking up at the Consulate please include an additional $15 for overnight FedEx charges. All visa and postage fees must be submitted in the form of a money order/cashier's check made out to Consulate General of Ireland and included with your application materials.

Visa applications are processed in order of receipt and with due consideration of travel dates. The Consulate General cannot guarantee that a decision will be made by your intended travel date if less than the requried processing time is given.

Status updates cannot be provided and these queries will not receive a response. Please reframe from contacting the Consulate General during processing (except for genuine emergencies) as this delays the process for both you and other applicants. Once your application has been reviewed in full, you will be contacted via email with further information.

There is no expedite process for visas. It is not possible to track visa applications or decisions at the Chicago Consulate online.