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Visa Requirements

Information on Biometrics, Visa Fees, Visa Categories and Student Visas

  • Biometrics
  • Visa Fees
  • Visa Categories/Documents Required
  • Student Visas

Biometrics

Biometrics

Biometric information refers to your fingerprints and a digital photograph of your face. This requirement will apply to all visa types: short stay, long stay and transit. It will apply to all visa required nationals located in India. It will apply each time that you submit a visa application.

Some applicants will be exempt from the requirement. If one of these categories applies to you, you will have the opportunity, when making your on-line visa application, to indicate that you are exempt.

Note visa applicants resident in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives are NOT required to give biometrics.

For further information click on Biometrics.

Visa Fees

Visa Fees

The visa processing fee is an administration fee. It is not refundable if your application is either withdrawn or refused.

Find out if you may be exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee

Visa processing Fees are:

• Single Entry Visa fee: INR 5,000.
• Multiple Entry Visa fee: INR 8,300.
• Transit Entry Visa fee: INR 2,100.

VFS Service charge

If you are attending at a Visa Application Centre for the purpose of providing your biometric information and/or submitting the documents relating to your online visa application, you are required to pay a service charge. This fee is separate to the visa fee - find out more information on the VFS website.

Beneficiary of Directive 2004/38/EC (the 'Free Movement Directive')

If you are a beneficiary of Directive 2004/38/EC (the 'Free Movement Directive') ie. a 'qualifying family member' of an EU/EEA/Swiss Citizen, you are required to attend a Visa Application Centre (VAC) for the purpose of  providing your biometric information. You will be required to pay the service charge at a reduced rate.

Please note, following completion of the biometric process, you have the option of submitting your supporting documents to the relevant Irish consular facility yourself or availing of the service offered by the Visa Application Centre (VAC).

Read more about the 'Free Movement Directive' and family members of EU/EEA/Swiss Citizen on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Multiple Journey Visa

The issuance of a multiple journey visa will be at the discretion of the Visa Officer. If you apply for a multiple journey visa but are only granted a single journey, the difference in cost cannot under any circumstances be refunded to you.

It is not our general practice to issue multiple journey visas unless you have shown a compliant travel history to Ireland in the recent past.

The purpose of these visas is to allow a person to travel to Ireland on a number of occasions during the dates shown on the visa, for short trips only. It is not permitted to use this category of visa to bypass immigration rules governing residency in the State - i.e. it is not possible to remain in Ireland for a period of 90 days and then seek to re-enter the country for a further period of up to 90 days. Any abuse of this may result in future application being refused.

Please note:

If you are applying for a Long Stay Visa (Study, Employment, Dependent), please apply for a Single Entry Visa. On arrival to Ireland, register with the Immigration Authorities and then you can apply for a Multi Journey Re-entry Visa.

Visa Categories/Documents Required

Visa Categories

Prior to submitting your visa application click on the relevant visa category link below to view the documentation required. Failure to submit sufficient documentation may result in your application, unnecessarily, being refused.

The Visa Office reserves the right to request additional documentation, if required, in support of an application. The provision of all of the documentation listed in no way guarantees that a visa will be granted.

The Visa Office reserves the right to interview applicants in relation to their visa application and consider this when assessing the application and making a decision.

“*PLEASE NOTE: If you are a non-EEA national and wish to accompany or join an EU citizen family member who is moving to or residing in Ireland, the information below is not applicable - please visit the INIS website for information about this”

Find out more about our photograph requirements.

Damaged passports will not be accepted by the Visa Office, VFS or our Consulates. If your passport is damaged or deemed to be damaged by VFS, the Visa Office or our Consulates, the passport will be returned to you. You will not be able to submit your visa application until the passport has been renewed. Where a damaged passport has been submitted to the Visa Office, the visa application will be refused on these grounds and the passport will be returned to you with the refusal letter. There will be no exceptions made in relation to damaged passports.

Notice to All Applicants

Ireland no longer issues re-entry visas to non-EEA nationals living in Ireland. They can now leave and re-enter Ireland on their Immigration Residence Permission card (IRP). If you are applying for a long stay visa to work, study or join family members in Ireland and you need to return home or leave Ireland for another reason within 4 months of your arrival in Ireland, you can now apply for a 4 month multiple entry visa which will facilitate your travel arrangements until you have registered for your IRP card. You must pay for a multiple entry visa in order to be issued with one.

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

All Visa applicants (excluding minor children) who are applying for a long stay visa and the Atypical Working Scheme must provide an up to date Police Clearance Certificate with their application.

Also if you are travelling as part of a group on a tourist or visit visa and have never travelled outside of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Bangladesh, you must provide an up to date police clearance certificate with your application. The Police Clearance Certificate should have the passport number and the photo of the visa applicant.

Short Stay Visa (less than 90 days):

Business Visas:

All business applications who intend to stay for more than 14 working days must include a detailed itinerary with a copy of their employment contract, clearly stating their tasks.  A business visa allows you to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days for activities related to your job to attend meetings, negotiate or sign contracts, or work for 14 days or less.

If you intend to work in Ireland for 14 days or less, and you have been approved a business visa, you must request permission to work when you arrive at border control in Ireland.  Make sure you bring your documents with you when you travel to Ireland, e.g., original work contract, sponsor’s invitation letter, etc.  Your work must start and end within a single 14 day period.

If you intend to work in Ireland for less than 14 days and then leave Ireland and return to work in Ireland for another period, you must apply for permission to work via the Atypical Working Scheme and (if successful) apply for a short stay employment visa.

If you were granted a multiple entry visa you cannot work more than 14 days within 90 days.  You must apply for permission to work via the Atypical Working Scheme and (if successful) apply for a short stay employment visa.

You cannot work in Ireland for more than 14 days on a business visa.  If the tasks and activities you will be performing in Ireland relate to the tasks you normally perform in your job and you will be in Ireland for more than 14 days, you must apply for permission to work via the Atypical Working Scheme and (if successful) apply for a short stay employment visa.  Therefore, if you are coming to Ireland to provide training, facilitate workshops, review work practices and projects, or a combination of these functions and this will take more than 14 days, then you cannot apply for business visa. You must apply for permission to work via the Atypical Working Scheme and (if successful) apply for a short stay employment visa.

If you are applying for a business or conference visa you must complete the Supplementary Business Application Form 2019 and submit it with your application to the visa office.  You must complete this form in full.  If there are significant omissions your application may be refused for failing to supply sufficient information. Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

If you are applying for an ATWS visa you must complete the Supplementary Employment Application Form and submit it with your application to the visa office.  You must complete this form in full.  If there are significant omissions your application may be refused for failing to supply sufficient information. Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Visit Visas

If you are applying for a visit visa you must complete the Supplementary Visit Family, friend Application Form 2019 or the Supplementary Visit Tourist/Group Application Form and submit it with your application to the visa office.  You must complete this form in full.  If there are significant omissions your application may be refused for failing to supply sufficient information. Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Long Stay (more than 90 days):

Employment Visas:

Notice to all General Employment Permit visa applicants

The following checklist is to be completed by all applicants who are applying for an employment visa and have been issued with a General Employment Permit for the following categories: the catering industry, agricultural sector, a company with less than 100 staff and/or a company that has been registered with CRO for less than 24 months – General Employment Permit Visa Application Checklist.  Applications will be assessed on the documents they have submitted.  Missing documents will result in the application being refused.  All applicants will also be interviewed by the Visa Office prior to a decision being made by this office.  Check the Employment Visa Checklist for further information.

Notice to All Employment Visa Applicants

You must submit evidence that you have obtained medical health insurance for 12 months in Ireland.  If your employer is not providing you with medical health insurance, then you must submit documentation in relation to your medical health insurance policy for Ireland.  If this is not submitted your application will be refused.

If you are applying for an employment visa you must complete the Supplementary Employment Application Form and submit it with your application to the visa office.  You must complete this form in full.  If there are significant omissions your application may be refused for failing to supply sufficient information. Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Print off the relevant checklist when submitting your application to VFS, the Consulate or the New Delhi Visa Office.

Nurses and Join Family Applications

Immediate family members (spouse and children under 18 years old) of nurses on a critical skills employment permit can apply for immediate re-unification once the nurse has been issues with the critical skills permit.  These join family applications can take up to 6 weeks to process.

Immediate family members (spouse and children under 18 years old) of nurses on a general work permit can only apply for re-unification once the sponsor has completed 12 months employment on a work permit. These join family applications can take up to 6 weeks to process.

Do not submit these application until 2 months before the 12 months has been completed on the general work permit.

Applications received in the Visa Office from family members of nurses on a general work permit who have not completed at least 10 months on the general work permit will be refused.

Notice to All Employment Visa Applicants

You must submit evidence that you have obtained medical health insurance for 12 months in Ireland.  If your employer is not providing you with medical health insurance, then you must submit documentation in relation to your medical health insurance policy for Ireland.  If this is not submitted your application will be refused.

Student Visas

Student Visas

Student Visas

We strongly advise you to read the following information carefully prior to submitting a student application. For enquires please go to the Contact Us Section and choose Study Visas from the drop down menu.

Submitting your study application – these can be submitted 4 months in advance of the course start date

August/September Intake: Masters/Post graduate must be submitted before the end of July, unless you have received a late offer from the Education Provider. Undergraduate applications availing of the Approval in Principal Scheme can be submitted 4 months in advance of the course start date. Where later offers have issued to students from Education Providers on Undergraduate courses, these can be submitted 3 weeks before the course start date. You must provide evidence of the late offer and when the course starts.

For all other students applying to study in Ireland at any other time of the year the application can be submitted 4 months in advance of the course date and must be submitted 3 weeks before the course start date. The Visa Office cannot guarantee to process any study application in time for the course registration if it received in the Visa Office 4 weeks before the course start date.

3 week rule

  • Student applications received in the Visa Office less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date (not extension date) will be returned unprocessed. Note it could take 2/3 working days for VFS to deliver the application to the Visa Office. The onus is on each applicant to ensure this timeframe is met, no exceptions will be made.

English Language Test

  • The submission of an approved English language test is compulsory for all student visas. Failure to submit a test will result in your application being refused - the Visa Officer has no discretion on this requirement. Click on English Test for further information.
  • Educational Institutions in Ireland cannot waive this requirement for the purpose of a visa application.
  • This requirement is applicable to applicants who have been educated through English.

Approval in Principal Scheme (AIP)

The Approval in Principal scheme will only operate for students who are enrolling on an undergraduate degree course and are awaiting to receive their school results in late July/early August. Students enrolling on a post graduate Masters course can no longer apply under the Approval in Principal Scheme. If you are awaiting your final results from your university in late July/August, you can apply for an Irish Visa and submit the provisional results to the Visa Office, along with all the required documentation as listed on the checklist and the Supplementary Student Form. A decision will be made based on these documents. The Visa Office may put your application on hold and request a copy of the final results before issuing the visa. You must ensure that you have a copy of your final results with you when you arrive in Ireland and register on the course.

Under the Approval in Principal scheme, applicants applying for a study visa from India and Sri Lanka, and who have been accepted on to a College, University, Institute of Technology or QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) approved course at undergraduate level, can apply for a study visa without having to pay the full requisite college fees in advance. They must pay €6000 towards the cost of the fees when applying under the Approval in Principal Scheme and pay the remainder when they submit their final results and their confirmed letter of offer. You can submit your application three months in advance of the course start date. The Visa Office will consider your application and inform you if it can be approved in principal. Once you have received your final results from your school and informed the Education Provider in Ireland, you must submit the final results, the updated letter of offer/acknowledgement letter from the Irish Education Provider and a copy of the Electronic Transfer Fee (EFT) showing that you have paid the full fees. The Visa Office will then issue the visa.

Full fees are expected to be paid by all other students when they make their visa application. Please check with your Education Provider when the full fee has to be paid. If the Education Provider requires the full fee to be paid before you apply for your Irish visa, the Visa Office will need to see evidence that the full fee has been paid. In all other cases, where the full fee is expected to be paid by the time you enroll on the course, the Visa Officer will only assess study applications where a student has paid at least €6000 towards their fee if it is under €12000. If less than €6000 has been paid in these cases the visa application will be refused. If the fee is more than €12000, the student must pay at least half of the total fee amount or the visa application will be refused. If you are receiving a scholarship for part of the fee, the amount to be paid before the visa application can be considered is 50% of the gross amount, unless the scholarship awarded is more than half of the tuition fee.

Please check with your Irish Education provider as to whether or not your course is QQI approved.

Nepalese Student Visa Applicants

To assist Nepalese student visa applicants click on STUDENT VISA INFORMATION NOTE for a helpful information note, translated into Nepalese, on the IRL student visa application process.

Click on STUDENT VISA INFORMATION NOTE for English version

Remember...

  • Ensure you complete the online application form in full.
  • Ensure you provide originals and copies of all documentation. 
  • A Police Clearance Certificate is required.
  • Apply in sufficient time, at least 8 weeks before your course date start – note the 3 week rule. A student application can be lodged up to 4 months prior to the proposed course start date.
  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) is the only acceptable method of fee payment recognised by the Irish Visa Office, New Delhi.
  • The submission of false and/or misleading information/documentation may 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.
  • In order to ensure that all student visa applicants receive fair and equal treatment, student visa applications are dealt with in the order that they are received. This is strictly adhered to and no exceptions will be made.

Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students

Full details can be found by going to the INIS website's student pages.