Information on Biometrics, Visa Fees, Visa Categories and Student Visas
As of 10 February 2015 the requirement to provide your biometric information has become part of the visa application process in India.
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.
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 It is not refundable if your application is either withdrawn or refused.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 4,100
- Multiple entry visa fee - INR 6,800
- Transit entry visa fee - INR 1,700
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 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.
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.
If you are applying for a Long Stay Visa (Study, Employment, Dependant), 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
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 VFS checklist does not provide a list of what documents are required.
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.
“*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”
Short Stay Visa (less than 90 days):
- Business Visa
- Conference/Event Visa
- Exam Visa
- Employment (Atypical Working Scheme)
- ATWS Nurse Visa Checklist 2015
- Join Ship
- Marriage/Civil partnership Visa
- Medical Treatment
- Visit (Family/Friends)
- Visit Tourist
- Transit Visa
- Business/Conference visas - ensure you submit a letter from your employer and an invitation letter from the company in Ireland. If you are self-employed documentary evidence of your company should be submitted
- Atypical nursing visas - ensure you submit the standard documentation including, CV, education qualification/s, work references from all previous employment and English language test. Visit our Visa Categories page for further information.
- Interview visas - ensure you submit the standard documentation including full details of correspondence with the organisation in Ireland, CV education qualification/s and evidence of your current employment.
- Visit visa - ensure evidence of a familial link is submitted for example birth certificate detailing son/daughter details.
Long Stay (more than 90 days):
- Employment (Permits etc.)
- Employment (Scientific Researcher)
- Join Family
- Lay Volunteer
- Minister of Religion
- Join Family visa - originals plus copies of marriage and birth certificates are compulsory. If an applicant is under 5 they are not biometric required - ensure you click on biometric exempt when applying online.
- Remember, all long stay visa applications to the Visa Office New Delhi must include a Police Clearance Certificate for each applicant.
We strongly advise you to read the following information carefully prior to submitting a student application.
- Ensure the online visa application is completed in full and all required documentation is submitted. Failure to do this will result in your application being refused. For further information click on Student visa requirements.
- Ensure the student questionnaire is completed in full and submitted with the student application - Questionnaire To Accompany Study Visa Applications
- A student application cannot be submitted more than 4 months prior to the course start date. If an application is received it will be returned unprocessed.
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)
Under this scheme, applicants for study visa from India, who have been accepted on to a University course, Institute Technology course or QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) approved course, can apply for a study visa without having to pay the requisite college fees in advance.
Fees need only be paid when the visa application has been approved. Once evidence of the Electronic Fee transfer (EFT) had been submitted to the Visa Office, Irish Embassy, New Delhi, the visa will be issued.
Please check with your Irish Education provider as to whether or not your course is QQI approved. This is also detailed on the Internationalisation Register of the Department of Education in Ireland.
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.
- 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 6 weeks before your course date start – note the 3 week rule.
- 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
Since 1 January 2011 a 'New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA students has been introduced. This sets out new rules regarding studying in Ireland for non-EEA students.
International students are welcome in Ireland to pursue a course of studies. In general, long term non-EEA students who come to Ireland or who wish to come to Ireland do so to pursue courses which are Language Courses, Further Education Courses or Degree Programme courses.
To assist students in understanding the rules regarding the different category of student, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has developed guidelines for students.
All long stay visa applications must include a Police Clearance Certificate for each applicant.
If you arrive in Ireland on a long stay visa you are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. There is a fee of €300 and you will receive a GNIB I.D. card. This fee must be paid each time you renew your registration.
If you are on a long stay visa, you can apply for a multiple re-entry visa once you have registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Ireland.