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Visa Processing Times and Weekly Decision Reports

Visa Processing Times

Visa applications are processed in the order they are received. The minimum processing times depends on the type of visa you are applying for but for most visas, you can expect a decision within 8 weeks of the application being received by the London Visa Office. Applications for Long Stay visas may take longer.

Your application may also take longer if:

  • You have not submitted the necessary supporting documentation
  • Your supporting documentation needs to be verified
  • Because of personal circumstances, e.g. you have a criminal conviction

Note: Processing times can change during the year, e.g. before holiday periods. You are advised not to pay for a travel ticket before you receive a decision on your visa.

The current target processing times for complete visa applications submitted to the Irish Visa Office, London are as follows:

Visa Category

Processing Time

Business and Employment Related Visas

7 working days

Long Stay Employment Visas

7 working days

Visit and other Short Stay Visa

2 - 3 weeks

Long Stay Visas

6 months

Study Visas

4 weeks


6-8 weeks

Important Notes

  • Incomplete applications may not be accepted or may result in a visa refusal
  • You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application
  • The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your fully complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel

Weekly Decision Report

Each week, a report detailing all decisions made in the previous week at the visa office London is posted to this page.

This information is hosted on behalf of the responsible authority, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, to whom any enquiries should be directed.

Please use your unique online application number to search these reports for your decision.