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Libya Visa Details

Full details on applying for a Visa for Ireland while in Libya.

Ministers Decision on Review

Irish Visa Applications from Libyan nationals

Certain restrictions on consideration of Irish visa applications from Libyan nationals have been in place since August, 2014. Following review, the Minister for Justice and Equality has decided to extend the categories of applicants who may now be considered for visa processing.

Details are as follows:


1. Beef Industry - applications will be accepted only from persons with a previous good travel history to Ireland, the United Kingdom, or Schengen countries and known to and sponsored by An Bord Bia and/or the Department of Agriculture and Food. Evidence of sponsorship must be provided with the application.


2. Oil Industry - full details of travel arrangements out and back into Libya should be provided with the application. These applications will be subject to stringent security checks. Consideration of visa applications for accompanying family members remains suspended.


3. Air Industry - consideration of visa applications for the purpose of training in the air industry remains suspended.


4. Study/Training - applications for the purpose of all forms of study or training continue to be subject to the existing suspension of consideration of applications.


5. Visa applications will be considered from immediate family members of Irish citizens, long term Irish residents, and EU citizens – spouse or partner, parents, and dependent children.


6. Visa applications from visitors of Libyan nationality who are long-term resident of EU Member States or other countries and have good and recent UK, EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian or US travel history will be considered; and


7. Visa applications supported by Irish Government Departments and State Agencies will also be considered. Evidence of sponsorship must be provided with the application.

All applications will be subject to stringent immigration and security checks.

Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service, May, 2018.

IMPORTANT:

• YOU ‘MUST’ INCLUDE A RECEIPT WITH YOUR APPLICATION PROVING YOU HAVE PAID THE APPROPRIATE VISA FEE TO OUR VISA BANK ACCOUNT. IF YOU DON’T INCLUDE A RECEIPT WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR VISA APPLICATION.
• DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT WITH YOUR APPLICATION

The Irish Visa Office in Abu Dhabi is based at the Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi, UAE. We can only accept visa applications which have been made on line. If you have any queries relating to the visa application process you can call the Visa Office directly. Otherwise please proceed as per the instructions below to launch an on-line application.

To launch an on-line application please visit the INIS website.

Important: Apply for your visa well in advance and allow at least 4 weeks for your application to be processed.

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 backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the on-line system.

It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form.

Important: Apply for your visa well in advance and allow at least 4 weeks for your application to be processed. You should also make allowance for the time it takes to send the application by courier to Abu Dhabi.

Submitting Applications

Please DO NOT post your original passport/s to the visa office. You should submit instead clear copies of all pages of your passport. Applicants should send their supporting documents only to the Irish Visa Office in Abu Dhabi.

Embassy of Ireland,
Irish Visa Office
Al Yasat Street off 6th Street
Al Bateen
P.O. Box 61581
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

SUBMITTING YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE VISA OFFICE

It is your responsibility to ensure you have sent our Visa Office all the necessary documents in order for a decision to be made. In advance of beginning your visa application, please consult the homepage of Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service for full information regarding the documentation required to accompany your visa application. Elsewhere on this site you will find information leaflets for the most commonly sought visas in the region which may be of assistance to you. You will also find the list of supporting documentation required for the main types of visas also on the INIS website.

Submitting your Application on Time

You must submit your application by courier ‘immediately’ after you have printed down the AVATS online summary sheet. After 30 days it is possible that the application will be deleted from the visa system unless it has been received by the Abu Dhabi Visa Office. It is also important that you have paid the visa fee.

Submitting Copies of your Passport

DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT. You must submit good quality photocopies of your passport instead. You must submit copies of ALL pages of your passport. These must be of good quality and clearly legible. If the visa officer cannot clearly see the details on your passport you may be required to submit new copies at your own cost. If you have previous passports you must submit these also.

Original Documents: If you wish to have original documents returned you should state this in your application and also provide photocopies of the originals. It will be your responsibility to arrange for the original documents to be returned to you by courier service after a decision has been made on your papers in Abu Dhabi. Alternatively you should present your application to the nearest Honorary Consulate in Tunis or Malta who may verify the documents and return them to you immediately.

There is a fee for the visa and the method of payment will be by bank transfer and evidence of transfer of the payment will be required to be provided with your papers to be sent by courier or alternative secure mail to the Irish Visa Office at the Embassy of Ireland Abu Dhabi. DO NOT SEND YOUR PASSPORT TO THE VISA OFFICE IN ABU DHABI.

Only when you have checked the requirements for the visa you are seeking and have all of the necessary papers should you send the application for assessment. Your application will be assessed as quickly as possible. A decision on your application will take up to 4 weeks. NOTE: Do not send your visa fee payment or your passport to the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi.

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.

Payment of the Visa Fee to the Abu Dhabi Visa Office

You must lodge the relevant fees to the visa bank account below. We do not accept cheques, postal orders, or bank drafts at the Visa Office. If we do not receive the fee through the visa bank account your claim will not be processed. The office is not in a position to return drafts, cheques or postal orders to applicants who have sent these to the Visa Office. Sending cash by post to the visa office is not advisable and we cannot accept foreign currency in this manner.

The bank account details are as follows:

Name of holder: Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Account number: 1411003342999027
Bank: First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC , H.O. Sheikh Kalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Swiftcode: NBADAEAAXXX
IBAN No: AE620351411 0033 42999027

The fee for processing your visa application will be 255 AED for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 425 AED. A transit visa will be 110 AED.

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT A RECEIPT OF PAYMENT WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THE VISA OFFICE HAS EVIDENCE OF YOUR VISA FEE PAID TO THE NBAD BANK A/C.

You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a multiple entry visa may be granted. You can pay the fee in your local currency at the relevant exchange rates. 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. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE FULL FEE IS TRANSFERRED AND ALL RELATED CHARGES FOR TRANSFER OF THE VISA FEE ARE COVERED BY YOUR REMITTING BANK. WHERE THE FULL FEE IS NOT RECEIVED IN OUR BANK YOUR APPLICATION “WILL NOT” BE PROCESSED.

The visa fees mentioned above must be paid in full – depending on the visa being sought. These fees are required to undertake an examination of the application. Any commission charges payable to your bank or the receiving bank in Abu Dhabi cannot be deducted from the visa fee. If there are charges from the sending and receiving bank you must provide sufficient funds to cover these costs. You should check these costs with your bank and cover the cost of the sending and receiving bank. It will not be possible to examine applications where the correct fee has not been provided. Deductions cannot be made from the visa fee amount for commission charges of the banks.

IMPORTANT: When submitting your application as mentioned earlier you must enclose a confirmation of payment. When making the payment to the bank you should also indicate your name or your AVATS reference number on the lodgement slip. This is to ensure we are easily able to track your application to the fees lodged to the NBAD bank account.

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT A RECEIPT OF PAYMENT WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THE VISA OFFICE HAS EVIDENCE OF YOUR VISA FEE PAID TO THE NBAD BANK A/C.

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.

You should note that a single entry visa will normally only be granted therefore if you apply for a multiple entry visa it may not be granted to you. A multiple entry visa is granted only in very specific circumstances.

Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, Short Stay C type visas are generally processed within 10-15 working days from the time the application is received by courier 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.

Applicants from Libya should send their applications to:

Embassy of Ireland,
Irish Visa Office
Al Yasat Street off 6th Street
Al Bateen
P.O. Box 61581
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Collection of Visas

Please provide your telephone number in order to notify you when a decision on the visa application has been made. If you are granted a visa you will contacted by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE in order to make arrangements for the provision of the visa to you. It is possible to collect visas in Tunis, Casablanca or Valetta, Malta if specifically requested. The relevant addresses of the Honorary Consulates in those cities are listed on this website under the country index.

You should keep your passport with you until you are in a position to present it to the nearest Embassy or Honorary Consulate if you have been granted a visa. Please note that it is in your interests to have the relevant transit visas or visit visas if you are collecting your Irish visa in another country. It is your responsibility to clearly state what country/city you wish to collect the visa if one is issued.

In the event that you are refused a visa this notification of refusal will be sent to you via email by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE. You should provide a business email address where possible or your private email address with your application. It will not be possible to enter into any communication with you regarding the refusal of the visa via email. It will only be used to communicate the decision to refuse the visa to you. Details of Visa Appeals are available on Tab 7 of the Visas for Ireland page. 

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.

Visa Appeals

How to appeal a visa refusal? Please click the following link Visa Appeals

       

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.

This Online Visa Application Facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants for an Irish Visa. The technology guides you through the visa application process, step by step.

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