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. You will be informed when a decision is made or by the courier in order for you to arrange collection of your passport.
YOU MUST SUBMIT A CLEAR COPY OF THE BIODATA PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT AND COPIES OF ANY PREVIOUS IRISH VISAS ISSUED TO YOU. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THESE WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING DELAYED.
WE STRONGLY ADVISE APPLICANTS NOT TO PAY FOR AIRLINE OR OTHER TRAVEL TICKETS WITHOUT HAVING BEEN ISSUED WITH A VISA. PRODUCTION OF A CONFIRMED TRAVEL BOOKING IS NOT REQUIRED FOR AN IRISH VISA 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. 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 photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the on-line system.
To launch an on-line application please visit the INIS website.
It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form.
Information Note to assist applicants
Submission of your Application
Since 27 March 2017 VFS Global are accepting visa applications on behalf of the 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 Qatar 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:
3rd Floor (301)
Al Matar Street (Airport Road)
P.O. Box 76
Tel: +974 4 4231164
Business Hours: 0900 H to 1700 H
Application Submission: 0900 H to 1600 H
Passport Collection: 1600 H to 1700 H
The fee for processing your visa application will be 250 QAR for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 415 QAR and where a transit visa may be granted the fee will be 105 QAR.
Service charge to VFS will be 290 QAR.
ALL VISA APPLICATIONS FROM QATAR MUST USE THE SERVICE OF VFS GLOBAL. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE SERVICE.
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 250 QAR for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 415 QAR. A transit visa will cost 105 QAR. Service charge to VFS will be 290 QAR.
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.
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 VFS Global. 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.
If my application has been turned down, how do I appeal the decision?
Please allow at least 8 weeks for an appeal to be processed. The visa reference number must be quoted on all appeal correspondence along with your name and nationality. You should submit your appeal by courier directly to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and ‘not’ to the VFS Global in Qatar. Do not contact the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi for updates on the status of an appeal. You will be informed in writing of the outcome of your appeal.
If you are refused a visa you may appeal this decision in writing only to the Visa Appeals Officer at:
Visa Appeals Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
The appeal should fully address all of the reasons for which your application was refused. These reasons will have been set out in the refusal letter you received. You must submit a ‘signed’ letter of appeal addressing the refusal reasons in the refusal letter. You should provide any additional information or documentation you think is relevant in addressing the reasons for refusing your visa application. Where supporting documentation for the particular category of application was not provided you should provide that also. Provision of such additional documentation will be considered but does not guarantee approval of the application.
You may only appeal the original decision once. You may, however, lodge a new visa application at a later stage.
Please note that it is ‘not’ possible to accept an appeal from a 3rd party. You must personally submit the appeal and sign the letter of appeal. We ‘do not’ accept appeals by email or fax; if submitted they will not be considered. No appeal will be allowed if you are found to have given false or misleading information in any part of your application.
Is there a time limit?
Yes, you should submit your appeal within 2 months of the refusal date. Your appeal must be received at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service within 2 months of the date of the refusal letter. Appeals received after 2 months from the date of refusal will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your appeal is received at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service within this timeframe.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for an appeal against refusal of a visa.
What happens when I make my appeal?
On receipt of the appeal the Appeals Officer will review the application again, taking account of any further comments you have made in the grounds of appeal and of any supporting documentation. On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. If the Appeals Officer does not alter the decision, you will be notified in writing.
How long will my appeal take?
8 weeks from receipt of appeal.
You should submit your appeal by courier ‘directly’ to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and ‘not’ to the VFS Global in Qatar.
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.