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Visa processing times, Visa decisions, Appealing a visa refusal, Contact Us

Please note that June, July and August are our peak months, we strongly advise visa applicants to submit their application well in advance of the recommended processing time. Whilst this office will try to minimise delays, it cannot be guaranteed that all applications will be processed on time as requested.

Visa processing times

We are currently experiencing a major increase in visa applications over the last number of months. Please note that June, July and August are our peak months. To avoid disappointment, we strongly advise visa applicants to submit their application well in advance of the recommended processing time.

These are indicative processing times only. Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible. Timeframes for decision can be dependent on a number of factors including, the number of applications received, and the resources available to process them at any one time and the complexity of the application. NOTE: The long term or permanent nature of the intended stay in Ireland, in the case of join family visa applications, means they will require more in-depth consideration than short-stay visas applications.

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.

The processing times indicated below 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, due to resources available, for this or any other reason.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your full complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel. We advise application NOT to pay for airline or other travel tickets without having being issued with a visa.

Estimated processing times for applications received at the Visa Office are as follows:

Business/Conference visas: 6 working days

Family visit visas: 15 working days

Tourist visas: 15 working days

All other short term visas: 15 working days

Employment visas: 15 working days

Atypical Worker Scheme (ATWS) visas: 15 working days

Study visas: 6 weeks

Spouse of Irish Citizen visas: 6-12 months

Join Spouse/Parent visas whose spouse/parents have Critical skills or Work Permit: 4 weeks

Join Spouse/Parent visas whose spouse/parents have permission to remain in Ireland on basis other than an employment permit: 6-12 months

Adult children/Parent Dependant visas: 6-12 months


Short term visas: 2-4 weeks

Student visas: 3-6 weeks

Employment visas: 4-6 weeks

Atypical Worker visas: 4-6 weeks

Volunteer visas: 4-6 weeks

Minister of Religion visas 4-6 weeks

Join Family appeals: 6 months

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 2 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.