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Visas for Ireland

If you wish to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. We will guide you through the application process.

In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible for dealing with immigration and visa matters, and you should refer to their website for detailed information.

If you’re a citizen of a non-EU country, whether you need a visa or not, you will be subject to immigration control when you enter Ireland.

For more information on whether you need a visa to travel to Ireland please consult the INIS website.

Malaysian citizens do not require a visa to visit Ireland.

Submitting your application

You need to:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee
  3. Compile your application, which must include:
    • The online summary sheet, signed and dated
    • Current passport and previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable)
    • All required supporting documents as listed on the INIS website

The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to your nearest Irish Embassy. You must apply for a visa from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident. The Embassy of Ireland in Kuala Lumpur accepts applications from visa-required travellers who are resident in Malaysia.

Applications and supporting documents for the Embassy of Ireland in Kuala Lumpur should be sent to:

Embassy of Ireland
Ireland House
5th Floor, South Block
The Ampwalk, 218 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

The opening hours for submitting visa applications in person are Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Monday to Thursday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

You can also send your application by registered post or by a reputable courier service. The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications lost in transit.

Processing times

In order to ensure that all visa applicants receive fair and equal treatment, applications are dealt with in the order that they are received.

The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type. You should apply for your visa in plenty of time, ideally 8 weeksbefore your travel date. Please note that we can only process fully completed applications. If you are missing documents, your application will take longer to process and may be rejected.

For Business visa applications it is recommended applicants submit their applications at least 15 working days prior to their proposed dates of travel.

For Join Family visa applications, the long term or permanent nature of the intended stay in Ireland means they will require more in-depth consideration than short-stay visa applications and it is recommended applicants submit their applications 12 weeks prior to their proposed dates of travel. Please see current INIS processing times.

Please note that these are indicative processing times only.  Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.

You are advised not to purchase travel tickets before you know the outcome of your visa application.

Information note to assist applicants

An information note has been prepared to assist applicants completing the online application form. This is available in:

English

Arabic 

Chinese 

French

Russian

Turkish

Urdu

All supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be submitted in English or accompanied by a notarised translation. Failure to translate your documents into English may result in your visa application being refused. It is not sufficient to send in copies of your documents. All documentation submitted must be original and verifiable (e.g.) employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct contact details on each document. If this Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration.  You should note that if you submit an incomplete application, it may result in your application being refused.

If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. Submit a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, including a notarised translation if not in English. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.

Please note that if you provide false, fraudulent or misleading information or documentation, your application will be refused. You may also lose the right to appeal the decision. Any future applications made by you may also be refused.

If deemed necessary, additional documentation / information may be requested by the Deciding Officer upon detailed examination of the application.

Remember…

If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

A comprehensive list of the different visa types that are available, and the documentation required in respect of each, is available from the INIS website

For ease of reference, separate links for some of the most common visa types are set out below.

Travelling to Ireland as a tourist

If you are a Visa-required national and you would like to visit Ireland for a short period (90 days or less) you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Visit/Holiday Visa applications from INIS

For further information on tourism in Ireland please visit the website of Tourism Ireland

Travelling to Ireland as a Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to apply under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive)

Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding these types of applications.

Travelling to Ireland on business

Business Meeting

If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a business meeting you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Business Visa applications on INIS

Conference

If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a conference, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Conference Visa applications on INIS

Starting a Business in Ireland

If you are a Visa-required national and you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice and Equality, prior to applying for your visa. Find more information on the INIS website

Studying in Ireland

If you require an entry visa for Ireland and would like to study here, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Study Visa applications on INIS

For further information on studying in Ireland:

Fees

Visa application fees are non-refundable, whether or not your visa is granted.

Single Journey (good for a single journey to the State) – RM 280
Multiple Journey (good for multiple entries to the State) – RM 470
Transit (good for a single journey in transit through the State) – RM 120

A communication fee of RM20.00 is applicable for all visa applications.

No Fee Required

Some applicants do not have to pay for a visa. These include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). You must provide proof of the relationship with the application.

In addition, applicants from the below countries do not have to pay a visa fee:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kyrgyzstan

Sri Lanka

Cote d'Ivoire

Montenegro

Tunisia

Ecuador

Morocco

Uganda

Indonesia

Peru

Zambia

Jamaica

Republic of Macedonia

 

Kosovo

Serbia

 

 

My application has been refused

If your application has been refused and you still want to travel to Ireland, you can:

  • Appeal the decision or
  • Make a new application

If you decide to make a new application, your previous application history may be taken into account.

Appealing the decision

You'll be sent a letter outlining the reasons for refusal. If you believe the decision is wrong, you can make an appeal within two months of receiving the refusal notice.

How do I make an appeal?

Your appeal must be made in writing to the address specified in the letter you have received. Faxed or emailed appeals will not be considered.

You should:

  • Address each refusal reason in your appeal
  • Supply clear and relevant evidence in your appeal to support your application
  • Include any further information or documentation with your appeal letter
  • Be aware that provision of the additional information/documentation doesn't guarantee approval

The review

The Appeals Officer will review your application, taking account of any additional information or documentation that you have supplied.

On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. The Appeals Officer will notify you in writing when the decision is made and in general, a decision should issue within 4-6 weeks.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for lodging an appeal.

Immigration control

An Irish visa is not an entry permission. It's a document giving you permission to present at a port of entry to ask to be admitted to Ireland.

All non-EEA citizens, whether they need a visa or not, will be subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry.

Additional documents

As well as your visa, an Immigration Officer may ask to see additional information such as:

  • Accommodation bookings
  • Return flights
  • Contacts in Ireland

Length of stay

The Immigration Officer at the port of entry will decide your length of stay by stamping your passport; which will reflect the purpose of your journey and the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the State.

The validity period shown on your visa indicates the dates between which you must travel to Ireland. These dates are NOT the dates between which you're permitted to remain in Ireland.

Staying over three months

If you need a visa to enter Ireland and you want to stay longer than 90 days, apply for a 'D' type visa before you travel. Permission to enter on the basis of a 'C' type visa will not give you permission to remain beyond a 90 day period.

Registration

If you're a non-EEA national and you want to stay longer than three months in Ireland, you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau and apply for permission to remain in Ireland.

Conditions of your visa

Under Irish law, you're not allowed to engage in any activity or to remain in Ireland for any purpose other than that for which your visa or permission to remain was granted.

Overstaying your visa

If you stay in Ireland longer than your permission to remain permits, you could be liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Change of activity

If you want to undertake any activity in Ireland other than that for which your visa was granted you must leave the country and apply for a new visa. You can’t return to Ireland while you're waiting for a decision on your new application.