Irish Visa Applications

Need support with Irish Visa Applications?

Apply for your Irish Visa today

If you are planning on visiting Ireland from a non-EEA country, you will need a visa to enter and stay in the country. Our highly experienced immigration solicitors are here to help you.

The visa application process is complex with a strict set of rules, and many applicants are unaware of the volume of information required in order to be successful. It is advisable to obtain specific advice before making an application.

We have extensive experience across all visa application types, assisting clients through the entire process by preparing detailed submissions, liaising with the visa office/embassy and helping with any appeals should an application be turned down.

To book a consultation with one of our expert visa application solicitors, simply let us know which type of visa you require and we will be in touch. Domestic immigration consultation fees start at €245 (including GB) and international start at $349.

Call us now on +353 (0)1 264 5555 or complete our Online Enquiry and we’ll be delighted to help you.

Types of Visas in Ireland

There are two types of visa available for people wishing to travel to Ireland. The type of visa you need depends on why you are coming and how long you plan to stay in Ireland:

Short-stay ‘C’ visas – suitable for a single entry or multiple entries for up to three months, for example, tourism or short family visits

  • Tourist visa
  • Stamp 0 visa

    Long-stay ‘D’ visas – suitable for stays in Ireland longer than three months to pursue a course of study, work or permanent residence in Ireland

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    Making an Irish Visa Application

    1. We arrange a meeting with you to discuss your application

    We arrange an appointment with you to get a better understanding of your specific needs and requirements. We can do this over the phone, at our offices or via video.

    2. We advise of all the information you will require to support your application

    To get things moving, we will discuss your circumstances and advise on all the information you should provide to support your application.

    3. We present your case to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

    Using our years of experience and insight, our specialist team will then compile a detailed and strategic application for you before presenting the best case possible to the INIS and any other relevant bodies.

    4. The INIS assess your case

    Once we have presented your application, the INIS will assess it and issue a determination.

    5. We help you decide the next step following the determination

    If you receive a negative decision from the INIS, our solicitors will give an honest assessment of whether it is fair. This helps you to make a decision about whether or not to accept the decision or make an appeal.

    FAQs About Irish Visa Applications

    We get a lot of general enquiries about Irish visa applications – many of which are easily answered and don’t require our assistance. Before you get in touch with us today, please check if your query has already been answered below.

    If you are unable to find an answer, and still require help with your visa application, we can help. Our quality fixed-fee service will ensure that the visa application process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

    You will need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland if you are a citizen of a visa-required country. Common countries that we help make applications for a visa include:

    • China
    • India
    • Nigeria
    • Russia
    • Turkey
    • United Arab Emirates

    To check whether you need a visa, visit the INIS website.

    How long does the visa application process take?

    All visas are processed in the order they are received. You can view the processing times on the INIS website here.

    Does my child/children need their own Irish visa if they are travelling with their parents?

    Each child needs a visa in their own name. The fee is the same for adults and children.

    Can I travel to the UK and Northern Ireland on an Irish visa?

    If you want to travel to the UK and Northern Ireland, you will need a UK visa. If you want to travel to both Ireland and the UK, but will travel to Ireland first, you will need a multiple-entry Irish visa as well as a UK visa.
    The process of applying for a UK visa is different to that of an Irish visa, you can apply for a UK visa here.

    Can I enter Ireland if I live in Northern Ireland and hold a valid UK visa?

    You will need a valid Irish visa to enter Ireland even if you are only entering for a short amount of time.

    Can I travel to Ireland on a valid Schengen visa?

    Ireland is not in the Schengen zone, so you will need to apply for an Irish visa to enter the country.

    Can I still apply for an Irish visa if I have a criminal record?

    In order to make an application with a criminal record, you will need to disclose full details when you apply. Be aware that if your criminal record includes repeated serious crime or breaches of immigration law, you may be refused a visa.

    Can you help if my visa application has been refused or rejected?

    If you’ve applied for an Irish visa but it has been refused or rejected, we can help by reviewing your application and advising on the best way forward, so you stand the best chance of making a successful application. Contact our team today.

    Why Choose Gibson & Associates LLP?

    We are one of Ireland’s leading law firms dedicated to using our years of experience to make sure that you benefit from the best possible outcome. We will be by your side throughout the process applying for Irish citizenship , using clear, plain language to explain your options and the next steps you should take.

    You and your circumstances are unique – your solicitor should be too. You will be assigned a dedicated point of contact who will take charge of your case from start to finish – this person will never change.

    Our solicitors put their clients at the heart of everything they do and work tirelessly to get you the best results. We treat clients the way we would like to be treated – for us, ‘good enough’ just isn’t good enough! Call us now on +353 (0)1 264 5555.