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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 depend on the type of visa you are applying for.

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 (i.e. not inclusive of public holidays or weekends)

Visit

20 Working Days

Business

10-14 Working Days

Employment

10-14 Working Days

Study

10-14 Working Days

Join family - Accompanying or Joining a Family Member Who Holds a Critical Skills Employment Permit

10-14 Working Days

Join family – Sponsor is an Irish citizen or non-EEA national

4-6 Months

Appeals

6-8 Weeks

Important Notes

  • Processing times can fluctuate 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.
  • Incomplete applications may not be accepted or may result in a visa refusal
  • 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

Your application may also take longer than advertised 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

 

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, the Irish Immigration Service, to whom any enquiries should be directed. 

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