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Visas for Ireland

If you want to enter Ireland, you may need a visa. Find out more about getting a visa to come to Ireland. In Ireland, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is primarily responsible or dealing with immigration and visa matters and you will find extended and detailed visa advice on their site.

Who needs a Visa?

Please visit the website of the Department of Justice to check if you require a Visa.

     

Application

Submitting your application

All visa applications are made on-line using the AVATS on-line facility. Applicants are reminded that completing the on-line application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the on-line form is completed AND the required supporting documentation, passport photographs and appropriate fee (if required) are received at the Embassy.

Online AVATS application form

Please complete the online AVATS application form

Following making application online:

Once you have applied online submit the following documentation to the address given by the system:

  • The online AVATS summary sheet which must be signed by applicant
  • One passport photograph (do NOT affix it). Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo
  • Current passport
  • Supporting documents. Check the following INIS website to ensure that you have all supporting documents
  • The visa fee (if required). Check the Visa Fees tab to find out about the current visa fees.
Visa applications can be submitted:
  • by post to the Embassy address: Palača Kapitelj, Poljanski nasip 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. If you are sending your visa application by post, you should send it by registered mail or use a reputable courier service. The Embassy of Ireland cannot be held responsible for any loss of documents in the post. 
  • in person to the Embassy during our normal working hours from 09h00-12h30 and from 14h30-16h00, Monday-Friday. See our location on the map

 

Notification

You will be contacted by the Embassy’s Visa Office when your visa is approved or if further clarification of your application is required. 

Processing time

The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type and the office to which the application is lodged.

If you’re applying for a business visa and is being processed in the Irish Embassy in Ljubljana you should have a decision within 10 working days from the date of receipt of application by the Embassy, provided all your documentation is in order.

Some visa applications/categories have to be sent from the Embassy of Ireland in Ljubljana to the visa authorities in Dublin (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) for a decision there. If this is applicable to you, you will be informed that your application has been forwarded to INIS for decision. The processing of these visa applications take a minimum of 8 weeks from the date of receipt in Dublin. Current processing times for applications referred to INIS. If your application was referred to INIS for a decision, you can check the INIS Visa Decision Weekly Listing using your reference number.

Please note that these are indicative processing times only.  Processing may take longer, depending on the time of the year or depending on the complexity of the application. Therefore, it is recommended that applicants allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa.

Note:

The granting of an Irish visa is only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter Ireland and Immigration Officers have the authority to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the point of entry.

A visa holder who remains in Ireland longer than the permitted period and/or who submits false or misleading information in support of his/her application may become liable for prosecution and/or subject to deportation.

The granting of a visa is not a mere formality. The Embassy will not be held responsible for any cancelled or unused travel tickets in the event of a visa application not being processed by an applicant's intended date of travel or where an application has been rejected by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. As a result, we advise all visa applicants NOT to purchase or book travel tickets until their visa application has been approved, issued and received.

     

Fees

Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Single Journey Visa: €60

Multi Journey Visa: €100

Transit Visa: €15

No fee required

Some applicants don't have to pay a fee for their 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. Holders of EU family cards are also exempt from payment.

In addition, applicants from the countries listed below don't have to pay a fee:

Bosnia and Herzegovina Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Cote d'Ivoire Montenegro Tunisia
Ecuador Morocco Uganda
Indonesia Peru Zambia
Jamaica Republic of Macedonia  
Kosovo Serbia  

Note - The fee is waived for applications for short stay visas from nationals of the countries included in the Visa Waiver Programme who are long-term residents in the Schengen area. See schedule 2 of the Who needs a Visa tab for a list of countries who qualify for this waiver. This includes the following countries:

Bahrain Montenegro Serbia
Belarus Oman Thailand
Bosnia and Herzegovina People's Republic of China Turkey
Ukraine Kuwait Saudi Arabia
India Qatar United Arab Emirates
Kazakhstan Russian Federation Uzbekistan

Payment method

The fees can be transferred directly into the Embassy account, details as follows:

  • SI56020100254556581 (IBAN)
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland, Poljanski nasip 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija (Recipient)
  • Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., Ljubljana, Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana (Bank)
  • LJBASI2X (Bank SWIFT /BIC)
  • Applicant name & last name, type of visa (Narrative)

Once a visa application is lodged for processing, the processing fee cannot be refunded.

Cash payments are only accepted if a visa applicant applies personally at the Embassy. Please do not send cash in postal application.

Other Charges

Applicants who wish to have their passports and original documents returned by post should contact a postal service in their town and arrange for a pick-up at our Embassy on their cost.

Visa Appeals

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. Appeals may only be lodged by you (or your guardian if a minor) and must be signed by you. 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.

On Arrival in Ireland

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.

Remember...

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.