A visa is a paper document affixed to a page of the holder's passport. It permits a person to travel to Ireland during the validity period stated on the visa. It does not guarantee entry to the State. An Immigration Officer at the port of entry has the authority to grant or deny admission, and to decide the duration of a person’s stay in the State.
The Embassy strongly advises customers to use a reliable courier service for the transmission of valuable documents when applying for passports and visas as items sent via local postal services may be subject to delays or loss. On no account will Irish passports be forwarded by post from the Embassy.