Important Notice – COVID 19
Irish Visa Application Centres (VAC) UAE & Kuwait
As part of the combined efforts to tackle the Corona Virus to ensure customer safety, it has been decided that the IRL VACs in the UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) & Kuwait will close until further notice. The situation will be regularly reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities.
While it will still be possible to apply for an Irish visa online in the normal manner, these temporary closures mean that applicants will experience delays in securing appointment times at the VAC to complete their application process and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Please note that any application made online will remain valid until such time as the VAC reopen.
Please be assured that the Irish Embassy is in ongoing contact with VFS and the relevant authorities throughout this time and we intend to fully resume our visa operation as soon as safety concerns for members of the public have been abated.
Please visit www.vfsglobal.com/ireland/kuwait for further updates.
Submission of your Application
Since 8 December 2016 VFS Global are accepting visa applications on behalf of Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi. There is no alternative service available. VFS will lodge the visa applications with supporting documentation to the Embassy on behalf of the visa applicant, collect the visa fees in local currency in Kuwait and remit visa fees in AED to the Embassy. They will also return passports to applicants, upon their arrival back at their office.
VFS is located at the following address:
Near Courtyard Marriott
Tel: +965 222 810 49
E-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit https://visa.vfsglobal.com/kwt/en/can for further information on location, opening times etc.
The fee for processing your visa application will be 25 KWD for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 35 KWD and where a transit visa may be granted the fee will be 10 KWD.
Service charge to VFS will be 12 KWD.
During August and September visa applications may take longer to process than our advertised processing times due to the volume of applications being received and the resources available to process them. Therefore we strongly advise that you submit your application as far in advance of your proposed travel date as possible. DO NOT contact the visa office for status updates.
Information Note to assist applicants
PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE SO THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO SUBMIT WITH YOUR VISA APPLICATION.
Applications received without the necessary supporting documents or information will delay the processing of your application or may result in it being refused.
You must also ensure that ‘all’ the required supporting documentation accompanies your visa application otherwise your visa application cannot be processed or will be delayed. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sent our Visa Office all the necessary documents in order for a decision to be made. You will find the list of supporting documentation required for the main types of visas on the INIS website.
The fee for processing your visa application will be 25 KWD for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 35 KWD. A transit visa will cost 10 KWD. Service charge to VFS will be 12 KWD.
You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a multiple entry visa may be granted. The details can be found on the site at the section dealing with visa fees. This section of the site also provides details as to when a fee may not be required.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of indicative processing times below you ‘should’ always apply for your visa well in advance and allow at least 3 weeks for your application to be processed.
DO NOT ASK THAT A DECISION IS MADE SOONER THAN THIS AS YOUR REQUEST WILL BE REFUSED.
Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, Short Stay C type visas are generally processed within 5-10 working days from the time the application ‘is received’ at the Irish Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.
Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, Long Stay D type visas may take longer to process and you should allow at least 10-15 working days for these visas to be processed, including time allowed for a courier to send and return the visa applications/ passports. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.
Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, Residency Long Stay D type visas (Join Family of Irish/EU Spouse or Parent) you should allow 15-20 working days for such visas to be processed, including time allowed for a courier to send and return the visa applications/passports. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.
You should allow extra time to allow for a courier to send your application and to return your passport/visa. We recommend you allow a ‘minimum’ of 3-5 working days for this. The visa office cannot be held responsible for delays in applications being received or passports returned due to couriers.
Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Applications are dealt with in the order they are received and can take longer than the stated timeframes below depending on the volume of applications being received, the time of year (especially peak periods) or the level of complexity of a particular visa application. The onus is on ‘you’ the applicant, to ensure that your full and complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your travel date.
FROM 1 Deceember 2017 ALL VISA APPLICATIONS FROM KUWAIT MUST USE THE SERVICE OF VFS GLOBAL. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE SERVICE.
If you wish to have original documents returned you should state this in your application and also provide photocopies of the originals. We can return original documents via the courier when your passport is being returned to you. However, you should state what documents you wish returned. Otherwise it will be your responsibility to arrange for a courier to collect documents held at our visa office.
Weekly Decision Reports
Every Thursday, a report detailing all decisions made in the previous week at the Visa Office Abu Dhabi is posted to the Weekly Decision Reports page. Please use your unique online application number to search these reports for your decision.
How to appeal a visa refusal? Please check Tab 7 on the Visa for Ireland page.
If you wish to travel to Ireland or pass through an Irish port in order to travel to another state you may need an Irish visa.
You may need a visa to travel to Ireland even if you live in Ireland.
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.
What do I need to know?
Read the Checklist to find out if you need an Irish visa and about applying for a visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website.