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Visa Processing Times

Visa Processing Times

The current processing times for visa applications from the date they are received in New Delhi are as follows:

Visa Category Processing time as at September 2021 (working days)*
Visit 25
Study 20
Business 10
Employment Critical Skills Employment Permit & Atypical Working Scheme 10
Employment - All other categories 15
Join family - accompanying a family member who holds a Critical Skills Employment Permit 10
Join family - joining a family member already in Ireland who holds a Critical Skills Employment Permit. 25
Join family – sponsor is an Irish citizen or non-EEA national 40
Preclearance applications 60
Other categories 25
Appeals  35

*Please note that "working days" exclude Saturdays, Sundays and all office closure dates, which are listed under About Us

All other Join Family Applications are transferred to the Dublin Visa Office and processed there. Applications are processed in accordance with the guidelines set out in the policy document on non-EEA Family Reunification:

Join Family applications

During peak times such as Summer and Christmas, the processing times may increase beyond the stated timeframes above, therefore you should submit your application well in advance of the travel date during peak season.

Processing times for Join Family Applications processed in Dublin are as follows:

Join Family Applications

Processing Times

Sponsor is an Irish Citizen

Within 6 months of receipt of all required documentation

Sponsor is a person entitled to apply for immediate family reunification

Within 6 months receipt of all required documentation

All other Sponsors

Within 12 months of receipt of all required documentation


Within 6 months of receipt of the appeal application

These processing times reflect the detailed assessment required to be carried out in relation to applications for family reunification.  They do not constitute a legal obligation or convey any indication that an application not decided within the timeframe will, in default of a decision, be resolved in your favour.

Applications under EU Treaty Directive 2004/38/EC

These applications are processed in our Dublin office.

General advice on making your visa application

Please be aware of our processing times when making your visa application. 

We advise you NOT to pay for airline or other travel tickets without being issued with a visa.

If you have made an application and the date of travel has passed, you can email the Visa Office by clicking on contact the Visa Office with your new travel dates and including your visa reference number.

All applications are considered in order of the date of receipt in this Visa Office.  If you need to apply for a visa from another country as part of your trip, please allow sufficient time for all applications to be processed prior to your trip.  The Visa Office is not in a position to expedite applications.

Please ensure your application is fully completed and submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.   We strongly advise you to submit your application well in advance of the processing time.  

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 Visa Application Centre (VAC).

Processing time as at September 2021 (calendar days)

Visa Decisions

Visa decisions

Every Tuesday evening and Friday morning a report detailing all visa decisions made during that period at the Irish Visa Office, New Delhi is posted to this page. When a decision has been issued on our website, it will take 1-2 days for your passport to be returned to the VAC for onward collection.

This information is hosted on behalf of the responsible authority, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. For any queries on a decision made by the Department of Justice and Equality Visa Office in New Delhi, please contact us.

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

How to contact us

How to contact us

If you have a query, read the content on this website or contact your nearest VFS Office. If you cannot find the answer to your question email us. We reply to email queries sent Monday and Friday within 3 working days.

We do not reply to status checks for visa applications unless processing time frames have passed. Check our visa decisions.

Do not contact the Ambassador’s Office or Consular Section of the Embassy of Ireland. They are not in a position to assist in these matters.

June, July and August are the busiest months. You should submit your application well in advance of the recommended processing time.

We try to minimise delays. We cannot guaranteed that all applications will be processed on time as requested. The Visa Office does not operate a public counter. Do not come to the Embassy without an appointment.