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COVID-19 Notification

Irish Visa Application Centres (VACs) have closed in India and Nepal until further notice. We cannot accept visa applications from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or the Maldives until the current lockdown restrictions have been lifted.  We will review the situation in consultation with the authorities.

You can apply for your Irish visa online. There will be delays in securing appointment times at the VACs when they re-open. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Applications made online will remain valid until the VACs open.

The Irish Embassy is in contact with the VACs and the Indian authorities. We intend to resume our visa operation as soon as safety concerns for members of the public have been abated.

Visit the VFS website for further updates.

Visits to the Irish Visa Office in New Delhi must be by appointment only. We will not accept walk-ins. These conditions are part of building security and safety measures.

Increasing travel restrictions and measures introduced globally as part of efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless essential.  Before you apply for a visa, check if you fall under one of the categories below and if you can travel to Ireland at this time.  Are there flights still operating from where you intend to depart from? Visas will only be issued where you can confirm that you can travel to Ireland.

Certain Priority/Emergency cases which will continue to be processed are:

  • Emergency visa (e.g. Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals);
  • Immediate family members of Irish citizens*;
  • Persons legally resident in the State;
  • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;

Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions.

(*Please note that where an applicant and Irish national have been living abroad, and Ireland is not their habitual residence, these cases will be processed in the normal manner. Exceptions will be made in cases where an Irish national is returning to provide medical/health services, or family members are being repatriated as part of a consular arrangement.)

If your application falls under one of these categories, please email us so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.

If your application falls under one of these categories, you must submit your application, supporting documentation, passport photos and passport directly to the Embassy by appointment only.  You need to be able to travel to the Irish Embassy in New Delhi to collect your visa.  There is no other method of collection during the lockdown restrictions in Delhi.  The visa office is not able to arrange a postal or courier service during this time.

When you are submitting your application to the Irish Embassy, you must have a confirmed booking on a scheduled or unscheduled flight from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Maldives before your visa can be issued. 

Check the latest information on immigration arrangements in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VFS Check & Verify Service

What is it

  • add on service
  • it allows VFS staff to perform pre-checks and inital validation on supporting documents
  • you can choose to avail of this service when you apply online

Who can use this service

  • applicants from India

Learn more

Visa Information

Countries that we process visa applications for: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka

Embassy Visa Office Opening Hours: Visa applications are made via Visa Facilitation Services (VSF) Offices.

Embassy Visa Office Phone Lines: The Visa Facilitation Services (VSF) Offices operate phone lines on behalf of the Irish Embassy.

Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Contact Details

Please note that current processing times for tourist visas are approximately 3 weeks. Processing times vary depending on type of visa and nature of application.

Check how long it will take to get the type of visa you are applying for

Current single entry visa fee: INR 5,000

Current multiple entry visa fee: INR 8,300

Current transit visa fee: INR 2,100

Check if you need a visa

Even if you are a national of a visa required country you may not need an Irish visa if you hold:

Residence card of a family member of a European Union citizen

Holders of a document called "Residence card of a family member of a European Union citizen" Family members of an EU citizen who are holders of a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in Articles 5 (2) and 10 (1) of Directive 2004/38/EC are not subject to an Irish visa requirement.                                        

We do not provide guidance or advice on whether a particular card or document held is sufficient to exempt a person from the visa requirement. 

It is open to the person concerned to contact the appropriate issuing authority of the relevant Member State for guidance or advice as to whether the card or document comes within the definition of the Directive, as implemented by that particular Member State. 

British-Irish Visa Scheme

The British-Irish Visa Scheme is a scheme which allows for short term travel to and around the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland (including Northern Ireland), on the basis of a single visa, by nationals who are visa-required for the purpose of travel to or entrance into both jurisdictions.

The Scheme involves the mutual recognition by either jurisdiction of certain classes of visa issued by the other i.e. Ireland will accept a UK visa and vice versa. The following classes of visa come within the scope of the Scheme:

Irish visas

All short-stay ‘C’ visas, single-entry or multiple-entry, issued for the following purposes of travel to Ireland:

  • Visit (family/friend)
  • Visit (tourist)
  • Conference/Event
  • Business

and endorsed with the coding ‘BIVS’. Visas endorsed with the coding ‘BIVS’ are described as ‘eligible visas’ for the purpose of this information note.

All other classes of visa e.g. student visas, visas for family reunification are excluded from the scope of the Scheme.

UK Visas

Visas, endorsed with the coding ‘BIVS’, granted to persons seeking leave to enter or remain in the UK as defined in the Immigration Rules of the UK, except those seeking leave to enter as (i) a Visitor in Transit or (ii) a Visitor seeking to enter for the purpose of marriage or to enter a civil partnership.

Find out more about the scheme

British-Irish Visa Scheme Visas are not issued to applicants who do not have a valid UK Visa and wish to transit the Republic of Ireland to visit their reference who is resident in Northern Ireland. In these circumstances it is recommended that you apply for a UK Visa prior to submitting an application for a visa for Ireland.

Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

Under the Programme certain visas issued by the authorities of the United Kingdom are recognised for the purposes of travel to Ireland. The Programme permits nationals of 18 countries, including India, who are holders of certain categories of Short Stay “C” UK visas to travel to Ireland within the time remaining on their current leave to remain in the UK without the requirement to obtain an Irish visa.

The countries included in the Programme are:

India, Kazakhstan, Peoples Republic of China, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine

The categories of visas covered are short stay visit visas granted to persons seeking to leave to enter or remain in the UK except those seeking to enter as (i) a Visitor in Transit or (ii) a Visitor seeking to enter for the purpose of marriage or to enter a civil partnership. Long-term visitors to the UK, for example long-term student visas, persons seeking to join spouse or family reunification, are not encompassed.

In order to avail of the Programme you must have landed and gained lawful entry to the UK on foot of your current UK visa, prior to undertaking the journey to Ireland.

Each distinct period of leave to remain in the UK (up to a maximum of 180 days each time) requires a prior legal entry into the UK before travel to Ireland under the Programme, no matter what the duration of the UK visa.

This Programme is not reciprocal. It does not permit a person who is a visa required national under UK immigration rules to enter the UK on foot of an Irish visa.  If you wish to enter the UK (including Northern Ireland), you must be in possession of a valid UK visa.

The Programme will run until October 2021 but may be amended or extended at any point. Detailed information about the Programme and its requirements is available in the information note below.

Find out more information

Check the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) if you are a non-EEA national and wish to accompany or join an EU citizen family member who is moving to or residing in Ireland.

Employment Visas

  • All non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals must have an employment permit or an Atypical Working Scheme letter.
  • Employments permits are issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
  • Atypical Working Scheme letters are issued from the Department of Justice and Equality.
  • Once you get permission to work you can apply for an employment visa on our online AVATS service. This is the only way that a non-EEA national can gain employment in Ireland.

See supplementary forms and checklists

Transiting through a Third Country

If you have a visa for Ireland and you are transiting through another country before you arrive in Ireland, you must:

  • check with that country or the airline you are traveling with if you need a transit visa for that country.

If you do not have a BC/BIVS endorsed Irish visa and you are transiting through the UK, you must

  • check with the UK High Commission and your airline if you need a transit visa to travel through the UK.

Re-entry Visas

See information in relation to

Business Visas

Nurse and Join Family

Immediate family members (spouse and children under 18 years old) of nurses on a critical skills employment permit can apply for immediate re unification once the nurse has been issued with a critical skills permit

Immediate family members (spouse and children under 18 years old) of nurses on a general work permit can apply for reunification once the sponsor has completed 12 months employment on the general work permit.

When to apply

  • 2 months before the 12 months is complete
  • We will refuse applicants outside of this time frame

Volunteer in Ireland

Check the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for information.

Long Stay Visas

When you arrive in Ireland on a Long Stay Visa you must register. The organisation you register with depends on your circumstances.

Supplementary Forms and Checklists

Locate your visa type:

  • download the supplementary form and checklist
  • print them
  • complete them
  • submit them with your application

Visa Type

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Atypical Working Scheme

Supplementary Form

Checklist

ATWS Nurse

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Business

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Conference

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Critical Skills Employment

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Employment Scientific Researcher

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Exam

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Film Crew

Supplementary Form

Checklist

General Employment

Supplementary Form Checklist

Internship

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Interview

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Join Family

 

Supplementary Join Family Application Form

 

 

 

Join Family Visa Checklist

 

 

Join Ship

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Lay Volunteer

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Marriage/ Civil Partnership

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Medical Treatment

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Minister of Religion

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Performance/ Tournament

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Student

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Training

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Visit Family/ Visit Friend

Supplementary Form

Checklist

Visit Tourist/ Group

Supplementary Form

Checklist

How to apply

  • Fill in the online visa application form
  • Print it
  • Sign it
  • Keep your 8 digit visa reference number (located on the first page of the summary sheet)

Read our information note for help. It is available in:

After submission:

At the end of the online application, we will tell you where to submit the following documents:

  • online summary sheet
  • visa application
  • supporting documentation for your visa type
  • supplementary form for your visa type
  • checklist for your visa type
  • photograph affixed to the top left of your application form
  • fee
  • current passport (at least 6 months after the date of departure from Ireland or 12 months if applying for a stay long stay visa)
  • previous passports (copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
  • Undertaking to Submit Passport Details Form. This form is only applicable to first time travellers or those that have never travelled outside Asia.
  • A Police Clearance Certificate with your passport number and photograph if you are applying for:
    • a Long Stay Visa
    • the Atypical Working Scheme
    • a Student Visa
    • a visa and travelling as part of a group or a tourist or visit visa and have never travelled outside India, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Bangladesh
  • Minor children under 18 years are exempt.

All documents must be:

  • original
  • legible
  • verifiable
  • in English or Irish, or translated with a certified translation
  • not in envelopes or folders

We can refuse applications if:

  • your documents are not complete
  • your documents are not translated into English or accompanied by notarised translation
  • we cannot verify the information you supplied
  • your application is not signed
  • you sent us a damaged passport

Damaged Passports

  • We will return these to you.
  • You must renew your passport before we will assess your application.

We reserve the right to interview applicants in relation to their visa application. We consider this when assessing the application and making a decision.

Long Stay Visa

Ireland no longer issues re-entry visas to non-EEA nationals living in Ireland. They can now leave and re-enter on their Immigration Residence Permission card (IRP).

People applying for a visa to work, study or join family members in Ireland and need to return home or leave Ireland for another reason within 4 months of your arrival in Ireland, can now apply for a 4 month multiple entry visa.

This will facilitate your travel arrangements until you have registered for your IRP card. You must pay for a multiple visa to be issued with one.

Biometric Information

Biometric information refers to your fingerprints and a digital photograph of your face.

Applies to:

Applicants from India must provide this information each time you apply for a visa.

Exemptions

The information you supply during the online application will determine if you need to give this information.

The following residents do not have to give biometric information:

  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bangladesh
  • Maldives

Find out more information

Before starting check if your course is approved by Quality and Qualifications Ireland. We process applications in the order we receive them. We do not make exceptions.

When to apply

Type of course you are applying for:

Undergraduate Degree

You can apply 4 months before your course starts. Students waiting for school results in July or early August can apply through the Approval in Principle Scheme.

Masters or Postgraduate course

Submit your visa application before the end of July if you are starting your course in the Autumn. For all other times, you can apply 4 months in advance before your course starts.

All other courses

From 4 months and up to 3 weeks before your course is due to start.

Late Offer

You can submit your visa application 3 weeks before your course start date. You must provide evidence of the late offer and when the course starts.

All applicants

We operate a 3 week rule. We do not accept visa applications from students less than 3 weeks before your course starts unless you have received a late offerIt can take 2/3 working days for VFS to deliver your application to the Visa Office. You must ensure you meet this time-frame. We do not make exceptions. In circumstances were we receive your application 4 weeks before your course is due to start we cannot guarantee to process it on time.

How to apply

We will make a decision based on these documents. You may be interviewed by the Visa Office about your application. The Visa Office may put your application on hold and request a copy of the final results before issuing a visa unless you have submitted your results under the Approval in Principle Scheme.

Payment Details

Applying via the Approval in Principal Scheme

The following information applies to applicants applying from India or Sri Lanka.

You: 

  • can apply for a visa without paying your full course fees in advance
  • must pay €6,000 towards the cost of your course fees
  • must pay the remainder of your course fees when you submit your final results and get a confirmed letter of offer

 All other applicants

  • You must have paid your full course fees before you apply for a visa
  • Check when you need to pay your full course fee with your Education Provider

When do you need to pay your course fee to your Education Provider

Before you apply for a visa

We will only consider a visa when you pay your courses fees in full and we will need to see evidence.

By the time you enrol on your course

  • We will only consider your visa application where you have paid at least €6,000 if your fee is under €12,000
  • In circumstances were your course fee is more than €12000, you must pay at least 50% of the total amount

Scholarships

We will only consider a visa application when you meet the following criteria:

  • you have paid 50% of your gross tuition fees when you are in receipt of a scholarship for part of the fee OR
  • 50% of the net tuition fee if the scholarship awarded is more than half of the tuition fee

What happens next:

  • the Visa Office will consider your application and inform you if it is approved in principal
  • you must send your final results to the Education Provider in Ireland
  • then send the following documents to the Visa Office:
    • your updated letter of offer from the Education Provider
    • receipt of electronic transfer fee showing payment made in full

We will issue your visa.

On arrival in Ireland

Information notes are available in

India

You

Nepal

Supporting documents for Irish visa required nationals resident in Nepal must submit their visa applications to VFS Kathmandu.

Bangladesh

There is no Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office in Bangladesh. Submit your application in Kolkata or by post to the Embassy Visa Office.

Sri Lanka

There is no Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office in Sri Lanka. Submit your application to the Honorary Consulate in Colombo.

Maldives

There is no Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS) Office in the Maldives. Submit your application by post to the Embassy Visa Office.

Check if you are exempt from visa fees

Once you lodge a visa application, you cannot get a refund.

India

You must pay via VFS.

Bangladesh

You must pay by bankers draft from an Indian bank account.

Maldives

You must pay by bankers draft from an Indian bank account.

Nepal

You must pay via VFS.

Sri Lanka

You are exempt from paying the fee. You must pay an administrative fee to the Consulate in Colombo. Other nations who are visa required and applying in Sri Lanka must pay the fee. See contact details.

Service Charge

The Visa Facilitation Service (VSF) Office will charge you a service charge for the following:

  • biometric information
  • submitting your documents

If we refuse your visa application, we will tell you the reasons why in a letter.

To appeal, you must:

  • appeal within two months of receipt of the refusal notice
  • address each refusal reason in your appeal
  • supply clear and relevant evidence that addresses any deficiencies in your initial application
  • send further information or documentation that you would like taken into account

Provision of extra material does not guarantee approval of the application on appeal. There is no charge for lodging an appeal. Do not submit your passport. Send a colour photocopy of your passport, not your original passport.

Where to apply

India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives

Send your appeal in writing by post to the Visa Office in New Delhi.

Sri Lanka Applications

Submit your appeal in writing by post to either the:

If your appeal is successful, you must present your passport at the Consulate in Colombo. A visa sticker will be put in it.

The Appeals Officer will review your visa application. We may reverse our decision upon examination and review of your visa application. We will notify you in writing when we make a decision.

Further information on what to expect on arrival in Ireland can be found on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

How to read your Irish Visa

The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware of reports of fraudulent offer letters being sent via email by unauthorised persons/groups using an INIS, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or Tourism Ireland logo and using names of personnel from INIS, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism Ireland, and also emailing an application form/certificate claiming to be from an agency contracted out by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and /or other Irish government departments in an effort to solicit fees from prospective candidates.

These offer letters may at first sight appear legitimate and include application forms to be filled out by prospective candidates in order to get your personal information and to obtain monies by fraudulent means. Prospective candidates are instructed by these unauthorised personnel to pay them processing and administration fees.

Please be advised that these offers are FRAUDULENT and do not come from either the INIS, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism Ireland or Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. This is an attempted FRAUD.

Customers are asked to be on alert and be suspicious of any such offers seeking payment. If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately. Contact details for INIS.

I understand that any false or misleading information, or false supporting documentation may result in the refusal of my application may be refused  and I may be prevented from making further visa applications for a period of up to 5 years. An appeal, against the decision to refuse to grant the visa sought, may not be permitted.