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Applying for an Irish Visa

Find out more about Irish visas

Latest updates/ Introduction

Latest updates

  • Please note, the Irish Visa Office in New Delhi has experienced a very large recent increase in European Union Treaty Rights (EUTR - EU Directive 2004/38/EC) visa applications. This increase has put a huge strain on our capability, and long delays in processing such visas should be expected for the foreseeable future, given the volumes received and the resources available. Applications are being dealt with strictly from date of receipt, and this office will not be in a position to process new applications of this type for a considerable period. This office is currently unable to give applicants or their representatives an accurate indication as to how long their applications might take to process.
  • Please note the student visa questionnaire form has been updated. This new version should be used when submitting a student visa application. It is available on the student visa page - you should ensure this is completed in full. PLEASE NOTE THE OLD QUESTIONAIRE FORM WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED FROM 13 JUNE 2016.
  • The Visa Office phone helpline will cease to operate on 1 April 2016. VFS will continue to operate a visa phone helpline on behalf of the Visa Office. Click on VFS for further information. The Visa Office will continue to respond to emails sent through this website.
  • Recently there has been an increase in the number of applications submitted without the required documentation. Prior to submitting your application you should read the VISA CATERGORIES/DOCUMENTS REQUIRED page on our website and ensure you submit a complete application. Failure to submit sufficient documentation may result in your application, unnecessarily, being refused. The VFS checklist, given to you at one of their VACs, does not provide a check list of what documents are required.
  • We strongly advise visa applicants to submit their application well in advance of the recommended processing time. Please consult PROCESSING TIMEFRAME to guide you on when you should submit your application in time for your departure date. The onus is on an applicant to ensure their application is submitted in sufficient time. In order to ensure that all visa applicants receive fair and equal treatment, applications are dealt with in the order that they are received.
  • Click on VFS for information on VFS estimated delivery and collection dates to/from the Visa Office from their VACs in India and Nepal. This information will allow you to more accurately estimate when your visa application will be received by the Visa Office and when your documents will be returned to you, once a decision is made. Please note our visa processing timeframes begin from the date of receipt of the visa application from VFS and NOT the date the documentation is submitted at the VAC.


The Irish Visa Office at the Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi processes visa applications from any person resident in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 

Visa applications can be submitted through VFS Application Centres in India and Nepal. People resident in Sri Lanka must submit their application at the Irish Honorary Consulate office in Colombo. People resident in Bangladesh can either post their application directly to the Visa Office or submit at VFS Kolkata. People resident in the Maldives can post their application directly to the Visa Office.

VFS staff do not take any part in, nor can they influence the visa decision making process. Click on VFS for further information.

As of 10 February 2015, the requirement to provide your biometric information has become part of the visa application process in India. For further information, click on biometrics. Visa required nationals resident in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not required to provide biometrics.

Please note:

  • Any false or misleading information/documentation will result in the refusal of the application without the right to appeal. This may also result in you being prevented from making further applications for a period of five years.
  • It is a matter for the Immigration Officer at the Point of Entry to determine whether you may enter the State and also the duration of your leave to remain.
  • We strongly advise applicants not to pay for airline or travel tickets without having been issued with a visa.
  • Production of a confirmed travel booking is not required for an Irish visa application.
  • There are no fees to "expedite" or "fast track" an Irish visa application. If such fees are requested, please contact the Visa Office directly.
  • Immigration Agents cannot influence the decision to grant or refuse a visa for Ireland.

Do I need a visa?

Whether you need an Irish visa to land in the State or an Irish transit visa when arriving at a port in the State for the purposes of passing through the port in order to travel to another state depends on what country you are from.

Find out if you are a national of a visa required country and if one of the exceptions applies to you on these pages.

Countries whose nationals are visa required

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

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.                                        

Please be advised that the Visa Offices /Irish Missions are not in a position to provide guidance or advice as to whether a particular card or document held is sufficient to exempt the person concerned from the visa requirement. 

It is however, 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. 

How to apply for a visa?

The Irish Visa Office at the Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi processes visa applications from any person resident in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

All applications for an Irish Visa must be made by completing an Online Visa Application Form, which can be accessed by clicking on INIS. It will direct you to a secure site from which you can complete an online application.

The summary application sheet generated by the online application system will direct you to the VFS website where you can pay your visa fee unless you are exempt (payment of the visa fee through the VFS website is only applicable to applicants applying in India).

The summary application sheet will also tell you whether you are required to attend a Visa Application Centre for the purpose of providing your Biometric information and /or submitting your documents. (biometrics is only applicable to applicants applying in India). Find out more about Biometrics.

Information on the submission of a visa application and payment of a visa fee for visa required applicants resident in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives can be viewed below.

Find out more about Biometrics

Applicants from India:

Applications from residents of India must be submitted through a VFS Application Centre in India.

Contact VFS India

Applicants from Nepal:

Applications from residents of Nepal must be submitted through the VFS Application Centre in Kathmandu.

Contact VFS Kathmandu

Applicants from Bangladesh

Applications from residents of Bangladesh must be submitted through the VFS Application Centre in Kolkata or directly by post to the Visa Office. Note visa applicants resident in Bangladesh are not required to give Biometrics.

Contact VFS Kolkata

Contact the Visa Office

Applicants from Sri Lanka

Applications from residents of Sri Lanka must be submitted through the Irish Honorary Consulate in Colombo. Note visa applicants resident in Sri Lanka are not required to give biometrics.

Contact the Irish Honorary Consulate in Sri Lanka

Applicants from the Maldives

Applications from residents of Maldives must submit by post to the Visa Office. Note visa applicants resident in the Maldives are not required to give biometrics.

Contact the Visa Office

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

VFS Centres India & Nepal

Supporting documents for Irish visa required nationals resident in India or Nepal can be lodged at VFS VACs throughout India and Nepal. Note VFS do not operate VACs on behalf of the Irish Visa Office in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives.

Click on Contact VFS for the locations of these VFS Centres.

VFS manages a phone and email helpline to support the Irish Visa Office. For further information click on Contact VFS.