Important Notice - Visa required nationals resident in UAE
With effect from 2 September 2018 VFS Global will be accepting IRL visa applications on behalf of visa required nationals who are resident in the UAE. There will be no alternative service.
Visa applicants should submit all documentation to VFS Global in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
VFS Global Abu Dhabi is located at;
Level B2 (Lower Ground),
World Trade Centre,
Khalifa Bin Zayed The 1st Street (Airport Road),
VFS Global Dubai is located at;
Wafi Mall, 3rd Floor,
Falcon, Phase 2,
Umm Hurair 2
VFS Global will lodge visa applications with supporting documentation and payment to the Embassy of Ireland Visa Office, Abu Dhabi on behalf of the visa applicant. VFS Global will also facilitate the collection of passport/documentation from the Embassy of Ireland Visa Office, Abu Dhabi.
See below information on how to contact VFS;
- VFS Helpline: 009714 2055912
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.vfsglobal.com/ireland/uae
July, August and September Applications
During August and September visa applications may take longer to process than our advertised processing times due to the volume of applications 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. Please DO NOT call the visa office for status updates. You will be informed when a visa officer makes a decision.
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.
Nationals of the United Arab Emirates do not require a Visa to travel to Ireland.
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.
Visa Processing Fee
VFS Global will lodge visa applications with supporting documentation and payment to the Embassy of Ireland Visa Office, Abu Dhabi on behalf of the visa applicant. Payment is made directly to VFS Global at the Visa Facilitation Service Office (VFS) in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai
The fee for processing your visa application will be as follows:
Single: 255 AED
Multiple: 425 AED
Transit: 110 AED
Applicant shall be levied a service charge by VFS of AED 135 per application for Abu Dhabi and AED 180 per application for Dubai over and above visa fees (all applicable taxes included).
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.
Visa Fee exemption
You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a visa processing fee may not be required.
Multiple entry & single entry visas
Multiple entry visas are approved in limited circumstances and only if justified by an application. You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a multiple entry visa may be granted.
These processing times relate to the time taken to process an application from the date the Visa Office receives a full and complete application.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of indicative processing times below you ‘should always' apply for your visa as far in advance of your proposed travel date as possible. DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY FOR A VISA.
Please note that it takes a 'minimum' of 5-10 working days to process "any" visa application. 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, applications for short stay ‘C’ visit visas are normally processed within 5-10 working days. Applications for short stay 'C' Business/Conference/Training visas will be processed within 4-5 working days. Long stay visas 'D' visas such as Study/Employment categories will be processed within 15 working days. Join Family visas and EU Treaty Rights visas will be processed within 6 months.
Incomplete applications will result in a delay. The onus is on the applicant to supply the required documentation and to satisfy the visa officer that a visa may be granted. Please note that these are indicative processing times only. Processing may take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the complexity of the application.
How do I find out about the progress of my application?
You will be contacted either by the Honorary Consulate in your country or by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi when a decision has been made on your application or if further clarification or documentation is required.
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.
Please read our pages on making a Visa appeals for more information on the process.
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.