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  • Visa/Appeals Processing Times
  • Visa Decisions
  • How to appeal a visa refusal?
  • How to contact us

Visa/Appeals Processing Times

Visa processing times

The current processing times for visa applications in New Delhi is as follows:

  • Visit visas: 8 weeks.
  • Study Visas: 4 weeks.
  • Business visas: 3 to 10 days.
  • Employment visas: 4 weeks.
  • Critical Skills Employment Join Family visas: 6 weeks*
  • Other short stay and long stay categories: 8 weeks.
  • Appeals: 6 weeks.

All EUTR applications and join family applications from all non-critical skills employment permit holders, all other stamp 4 holders, Minister of Religion and Irish citizens are being processed in Dublin.

*These join family applications are where the family is travelling with the employee on a critical skills employment permit.  All other join family applications who are joining an employee who has been issued a critical skills permit in Ireland but was originally issued with an Atypical working scheme visa (nurses) will take 10 weeks.

Join family applications submitted in 2017 have been received in Dublin.  All Join family applications submitted from Sri Lanka in 2018 were received in Dublin on 10/12/2018.  The processing times for join family applications in Dublin are available at the following link

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

Please note all applications are considered in order of the date of receipt in this Visa Office.  

The processing times indicated above are a reflection of the volume of applications currently on hand.  If you need to apply for a visa from another country as part of your trip, you should allow for sufficient time for all applications to be processed prior to your trip.  The Visa Office is not in a position to expedite applications.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully completedand submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.  We strongly advise visa applicants to submit their application well in advance of the recommended processing time. We advise applicants NOT to pay for airline or other travel tickets without having being issued with a visa.

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).

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Visa Decisions

Visa decisions

Every Tuesday and Friday evening a report detailing all visa decisions made during that period at the Irish Visa Office, New Delhi is posted to this page.

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 appeal a visa refusal?

How to appeal a visa refusal?

If your application is refused, you will be informed of the reasons for this refusal with a letter and you may lodge an appeal. The letter outlining the refusal reasons will specify the address to which an appeal should be sent.

An appeal can be made within two months of receipt of the refusal notice, and must be made in writing - fax or email appeals will not be considered. Visa appeals must be submitted by post directly to the Visa Office in New Delhi (VFS will no longer accept appeals).

There is no charge for lodging an appeal.

The following should be done when lodging an appeal:

  • You should address each refusal reason in your appeal.
  • You should supply clear and relevant evidence in your appeal that will address any deficiencies in your initial application.
  • Any further information or documentation that you wish to have taken into account should also be included with your appeal letter.
  • On receipt of your appeal, the Appeals Officer will review the application, taking account of any additional information or documentation that you have supplied. Provision of additional material does not guarantee approval of the application on appeal.

On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. When a decision is made, you will be notified in writing.

How to contact us

How to contact us

The majority of queries can be answered by reading the information pages on this website or by contacting VFS. If you have a question that isn't answered on the website or by VFS you can email the Visa Office by clicking on, contact the Visa Office. Email queries sent between Monday and Friday are replied to within 3 working days.

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.

Please note we do not reply to status check requests on visa applications unless the visa application processing time has exceeded our visa processing time guidelines - latest visa decisions can be found on the Visa Decision page.

Note the Visa Office does not operate a public counter. Applicants should not come to the Embassy unless an appointment has been arranged.