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Applying for an Irish Visa

Find out more about Irish visas

  • Latest updates
  • Do I need a visa?
  • How to apply for a visa?
  • VFS Visa application centres

Latest updates

Latest updates

Submission of Documentation – All Applicants

All required documentation listed on our website must be submitted with the application.  The Visa Office will NOT contact applicants requesting missing documents and this will result in the application being refused.

N.B – Persons enquiring about visa matters should not contact the Ambassador’s Office or Consular Section of the Embassy of Ireland as they are not in a position to assist in these matters.

Fraudulent Employment letter/email offers:  

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. See full contact details for INIS.

All non-EEA nationals must have an employment permit from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation to work in Ireland.  Once you have been granted an employment permit, you can apply for an employment visa on our online service.  Once you have completed the online process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created on the online system.  This is the only way that a non-EEA national can gain employment in Ireland. Updated September 2018.

Notice for Group Travel (Tourist Visa) applications

All travellers who have never travelled outside of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Bangladesh must submit an up to date Police Clearance Certificate with their applications.  If you are a first time traveller or have never travelled outside of Asia, you will need to complete and sign the Undertaking on Your Return Form and submit it with your application. Undertaking to Submit Passport Details.

Do I need a visa?

Do I need a visa?

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

Do I Need a Visa?

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?

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

VFS Visa application centres

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.