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Citizens of certain countries must apply for an entry visa before they travel to Ireland. Information on those who do not need an entry visa is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland. If you require a visit/holiday visa and do not have one when you arrive in Ireland, you will not be allowed to enter the country. A visit/holiday visa is for a short-term stay and will not exceed a maximum of 90 days. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, you do not require a visit/holiday visa to travel to Ireland. (The members of the EEA are the 27 countries of the European Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).
Documentation required for all visa applications
The following information describes the minimum documentation that you must provide with any visa application. If any of this documentation is missing your application will be refused. All documents must be in English. If any document is in another language, you must provide a notarised translation as well as the original document. For the particular documentation needed for a tourist visa, see information headed 'Travelling to Ireland as a tourist', below.
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You must complete all sections of the application form. You must sign the form yourself. The only exception is for children under 18 - the parent(s) may sign in this case. If a child (under 18 years of age) is travelling alone, both parents/guardians must have given consent. If the child is travelling with one parent, the consent of the other parent is required. Where only one parent has total custody and access rights, you must provide official evidence of this. You must have a passport which is valid for a period lasting at least 6 months after the date you propose to leave Ireland. You must be able to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay in Ireland. A detailed bank statement, covering the 6 months before you apply for the visa, and showing sufficient funds, is required. You must provide details of any members of your family who are in Ireland or any other EU country. You must also give details of any previous applications that you have made for a visa to enter Ireland.
Travelling to Ireland as a tourist
If you will be visiting Ireland for a short period (less than 3 months) and you require a visa, you must present the following documents with your completed and signed visa application form:
Full details of the reason for your visit - for example to see friends or family.
Down. This evidence can take the form of a letter from your employer detailing when you are expected to return to work or a letter from a college specifying the date on which your course of study recommences. is required. (See 'How to apply' below for information on how to apply for a re-entry visa. a copy of their Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card and copy of their passport showing immigration stamps) Evidence of how you intend to finance your trip and support yourself for the duration of your visit.• • • • • • If you plan to stay in a hotel. • There is more information on the documentation required for a visit/holiday visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality. You should have supporting documentation relating to the pupose of your visit on your person when coming through immigration. Derry. Armagh. Permission to land Even if you do not require a visa to enter Ireland. and that you will leave the State on the expiration of your permission to remain. A detailed bank statement. The length of time you will be allowed to stay in Ireland is determined by the Immigration Officer but will never exceed a maximum of 90 days. evidence of their permission to remain in Ireland. What do I do if I want to leave for a short while? The visiting/holiday visa issued to you allows you to enter the State once. covering a 6 month period immediately prior to your visa application. confirming that you will observe the conditions of your visa. Written undertakings from both yourself and your reference.) It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa (if required) for the country you intend travelling to. If you do not work or study. The letter should include contact details for the reference. Details of your relationship to your reference. Fermanagh and Tyrone). A letter from a reference in Ireland inviting you to come to Ireland. all non-EEA nationals. allowing for any unforeseen events such as illness. that you will not become a burden on the State. If your reference is not an Irish citizen. or how you are known to each other. . Evidence that you are obliged to return to your country of residence. you will need written confirmation of the hotel booking containing the dates of your proposed stay. a letter from a person in authority may be sufficient. Please note that you must obtain a visa from the UK authorities before travelling to Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim. (That is. proposed dates for your stay and details of where you will be staying during your visit. including those with visas. and showing sufficient funds to cover all costs. along with supporting evidence of this. If you have wish to leave for a short while and then return you must apply for a re-entry visa. You can read more in our document on permission to land in Ireland. must obtain permission to enter the State by reporting to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.
Chinese (pdf). applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. Russian (pdf). or with the Visa Office . You do not require a visa if you are from an EU/EEA member state.see 'Where to apply'. Turkish (pdf) and Urdu (pdf). The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service recommends that you should allow at least 8 weeks for your visa application to be processed. Rates Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are: Single-journey visa: €60 Multiple-journey visa: €100 Certain applicants are not required to pay a fee. You must leave the State on or before the date which has been stamped on your passport by the Immigration Officer when you entered. This facility is now available worldwide. There is information on how to complete an online application in English (pdf) as well as in Arabic (pdf). French (pdf). Details of what documents you will need and the photographic requirements are on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website. The Irish Government has started collecting biometric data from certain visa applicants. Rules Information on those who do not need a visa to visit Ireland is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland.What do I do after my arrival if I wish to stay in Ireland for longer than 3 months? Visit/holiday visas are only granted for short term stays and never exceed 90 days. As this changes from time to time. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond 90 days. Applying for a re-entry visas . In addition. you should check with your local Irish embassy or consulate. You can find information about biometric data in this list of frequently asked questions on the INIS website. so you must apply for a visa online. From March 2010 all visa applicants aged 6 years and over residing in Nigeria must provide fingerprints. How to apply An online visa application facility was introduced to all Irish embassies and consulates on a phased basis during 2008. They include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EU/EEA citizens.
Sent your completed Re-Entry Visa Application Form (pdf). You can read more about registration in our document on Registration of non-EEA nationals in Ireland.inis. Friday 8am to 4pm Tel:+353 1 666 9100 . You will need to have a completed application form and all required documentation with you. as well as information on photographic requirements on the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service website. your application must be made online. Dublin 2. by registered post to the: Re-entry Visa Processing Office. You can also apply in person for a re-entry visa at the above address within certain hours. Postal applications for re-entry visas will be processed within 4 days of receipt and your re-entry visa will be returned to you by registered post.gov. Apply for your re-entry visa well in advance of your proposed dates of travel. 13-14 Burgh Quay. There is more information on applying for a re-entry visa.Before applying for a re-entry visa you must register with the local immigration officer for the district in which you are staying (Garda National Immigration Bureau if staying in Dublin). Irish embassies and consulates Visa Office Department of Justice and Equality Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service 13-14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2 Ireland Homepage: http://www.ie Garda National Immigration Bureau 13/14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2 Ireland Opening Hours:Mon to Thurs inclusive: 8am to 10pm. along with all required documentation. Where To Apply If you require a visa in order to visit Ireland.ie/ Email: visamail@justice. Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service.
The Programme was due to end on 31 October 2012 but has now been extended for another 4 years. The members of the EEA are the 27 countries of the European Union (EU).see below. together with Iceland.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=31 Email: gnib_dv@garda. Do I need an entry visa? You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below (includes EEA member states). An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled. Amending legislation is to be enacted to allow nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina avail of the scheme. who have a short-term UK visa to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. People from a small number of countries also need a transit visa when arriving in Ireland on their way to another country .ie Visa requirements for entering Ireland • • • • Information Rates How to apply Where to apply Information People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State. The list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland is defined in the Immigration Act 2004 (Visas) Order 2011 (SI 146 of 2011). whether by air. . Olympic accreditation: From 30 March to 8 November 2012 holders of the Olympic accreditation document issued by the London Olympics Organising Committee will not require a visa to visit or transit through Ireland.Homepage: http://www. China and the Russian Federation. This means that you will still be subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the State even if you have a visa. Visa waivers Visa Waiver Programme: A new holiday and other short-stay Visa Waiver Programme (pdf) has been set up for 16 countries whose nationals currently require a visa to visit Ireland. A transit visa does not permit you to leave the port or airport. sea or land. This Programme which started on 1 July 2011 allows nationals of countries such as India. You may also need to register with the immigration authorities.garda. Norway and Liechtenstein.
Region) See additional information Hungary Iceland Israel Italy Japan Kiribati Latvia Lesotho Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau (Special Admin. Region) Malawi Malaysia Maldives Malta .Countries whose citizens are not required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa Andorra Guatemala Poland Portugal Romania Saint Kitts & Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Seychelles Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Solomon Islands South Africa South Korea Spain Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tonga Mexico Monaco Nauru Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu United Kingdom & Colonies Antigua & Barbuda Guyana Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Barbados Belgium Belize Bolivia Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Canada Chile Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominica El Salvador Estonia Honduras Hong Kong (Special Admin.
Czech Republic. Italy. You are a family member of an EU citizen and you hold a document called "Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" as referred to in article 10 of Directive 2004/38/EC (pdf). Sweden. If you plan to stay for more than 3 months. Iceland. Finland. Do I need a transit visa? If you are a citizen of one of the following countries. Netherlands. If you are coming to Ireland from another EU country as a dependant of an EU national. See “How to apply” below for more information. Romania. you will not need a re-entry visa for travel into Ireland in future. Poland. 2) Regulations 2006 (SI 656 of 2006). Slovak Republic. If you receive a residence card. Luxembourg. you will need a visa when you travel to Ireland. You hold either a valid residence card 4 EU FAM or a valid permanent residence card 4 EU FAM issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. Portugal. Denmark.Countries whose citizens are not required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa Andorra Fiji Finland France Germany Greece Grenada Guatemala Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Panama Paraguay Poland United States of America Uruguay Vanuatu Vatican City Venezuela If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed above. you will need a visa when you first travel to Ireland. Spain. Germany. you should register with the immigration authorities and apply for a residence card. Malta. Who else can land in Ireland without a visa? You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if: • • • You hold a valid travel document issued by one of the following countries in accordance with Article 28 of the Geneva Convention: Belgium. or Switzerland. and you are not a citizen of the EEA or of one of the countries listed above. you will need a valid Irish transit visa when landing in the State: . Norway. Liechtenstein.
Before you can get a re-entry visa you must be registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). It is advisable to consult this website before applying for your visa. business visas and student visas.see 'How to apply' below. or the expiry date of your passport. Where can I get more information? There is more information on the different types of visas as well as on employment permits. This includes travel to Northern Ireland when you will need a re-entry visa to re-enter the State. tourist visas. There are also lists of frequently asked questions about visas. If you apply for a single-journey visa. Detailed information on the application procedures is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) . to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information. whichever is earliest. If you apply for a multi-entry visa it will be valid from the date of issue until the expiry date on your GNIB card. Rates The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are: .Countries that require an Irish transit visa Afghanistan Albania Cuba Democratic Republic of the Congo Eritrea Ethiopia Ghana Iran Iraq Lebanon Moldova Montenegro Nigeria Serbia Somalia Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Do I need a re-entry visa? The first visa issued to you is valid for a single entry to the State. This will allow you to leave and re-enter the State any number of times while your visa is valid. If you wish to leave the State for a short period of time you must apply for a re-entry visa. this will only be valid for one entry to the State within 90 days from the date of issue.
It was announced on 12 March 2012 as part of the Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme that nationals of the countries covered by the Programme who are long-term legal residents of the UK or the Schengen area will not have to pay the visa fee. You can find information about biometric data in this list of frequently asked questions on the INIS website. or with the Visa Office . Turkish (pdf) and Urdu (pdf). French (pdf). you should check with your local Irish embassy or consulate. This includes visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals) provided that proof of the relationship is provided with the application. Who does not pay the fee? Some applicants are not required to pay a fee. You should apply at least 8 weeks before you plan to come to Ireland. How to apply Visas You must apply for a visa online unless you are resident in Ireland and applying for a re-entry visa . is available from your local Irish embassy or consulate. In addition. Biometric data: The Irish Government has started collecting biometric data from certain visa applicants. This waiver is to be reviewed after 6 months. There is information on how to complete an online application in English (pdf) as well as in Arabic (pdf). Details of what documents you will need and the photographic requirements are on the INIS website. Information about these charges. Re-entry visas Before making any travel arrangements you must apply to the Visa Office of INIS using the reentry visa application form (pdf). Appeals: If you are refused a visa you can appeal the decision by writing to the Visa Appeals Officer at the INIS Visa Section . Chinese (pdf). From March 2010 all visa applicants aged 6 years and over residing in Nigeria must provide fingerprints. applicants from some countries are not required to pay a fee. Russian (pdf). . and on the fee in your local currency.see 'Where to apply'.Single-journey visa Multiple-journey visa Transit visa €60 €100 €25 There may also be communications charges in some cases.see below.see 'Where to apply' below. As this changes from time to time.
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criminal or civil. should be disclosed in the application form. Rules Who is eligible for naturalisation? If you wish to become an Irish citizen through naturalisation. This Minister has absolute discretion as to whether or not to grant naturalisation. It allows certificates of naturalisation to be presented at formal citizenship ceremonies. and Have had a period of 365 days* (1 year) continuous reckonable residence in the State immediately before the date of your application for naturalisation and. There are strict rules about applying for naturalisation as an Irish citizen and these rules are set out below. In order to apply for naturalisation in Ireland. The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 allows for civil partners to receive treatment equal to married couples in citizenship matters.IRISH NATURALISATION Becoming an Irish citizen through naturalisation • • • • • Information Rules Rates How to apply Where to apply Information What is naturalisation? Naturalisation in Ireland means the process whereby a foreign national living in Ireland may apply to become an Irish citizen.460 days* (4 years). Since 10 November 2011 there is a €175 fee and new forms for all applications for naturalisation . Altogether you .see 'How to apply below. you must: • • • • Be 18 years or older (you must be married if you are under the age of 18) or.the Garda Síochána (Ireland's national police) will be asked to provide a report about your background. Any criminal record or ongoing proceedings will be taken into consideration by the Minister for Justice and Equality in deciding whether or not to grant naturalisation. during the 8 years preceding that. Details of any proceedings. have had a total reckonable residence in the State amounting to 1. All applications to become a naturalised Irish citizen are decided by the Minister for Justice and Equality. you must have been physically resident in Ireland for a certain length of time. in the State or elsewhere. Be a minor born in the State (from 1 January 2005) and Be of good character .
The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the EU member states. and undertake to observe the laws of the State and respect its democratic values (see below for the point in the process at which this is required). The following periods of residence will not be reckoned if the permission to remain: . Iceland and Liechtenstein. EEA nationals: The time that a EEA or Swiss citizen has spent in the State is reckonable for naturalisation purposes as EEA and Swiss citizens are not required to have residence permits or documents under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. The Minister for Justice and Equality has power to waive one or more of the conditions for naturalisation in the following circumstances: • • • • • • If you are of Irish descent or of Irish associations or are a parent or guardian applying on behalf of a minor child of Irish descent or Irish associations If you have an entitlement to Irish citizenship if you were born on the island of Ireland If you are a naturalised parent applying on behalf of a minor child If you are the spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen or a naturalised person If you have been resident abroad in the public service If you are recognised as a refugee (under the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees) or a stateless person (under the 1954 UN Convention regarding Stateless Persons). 2) Regulations 2006 (pdf). Non-EEA nationals: If you are not an EEA or Swiss citizen. In the case of a refugee. when you apply for naturalisation you must be supporting yourself and your dependants while living in Ireland . you were on a student visa) or while having a claim for asylum examined. *You must add 1 day for any period which includes 29 February. Norway. These are periods when your presence in the State was not properly documented or (in certain cases) periods covered by a permission to remain that was for study purposes (that is. Registration with the Garda National Immigration Bureau is the evidence of legal residence which meets the residency requirements for naturalisation. the Minister will normally waive 2 of the 5 years' reckonable residence requirement.see ‘calculating reckonable residence’ below. Normally. any time when you did not have permission to remain in the State will not be counted as reckonable residence. and Intend in good faith to continue to reside in the State after naturalisation and Make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State.see 'Self supporting' below. stateless person or a person of Irish associations. Certain periods of residence may be excluded from the reckoning when calculating periods of residence in the State.• • must have 5 years (5 x 365 days*) reckonable residence out of the last 9 years . Calculating reckonable residence Reckonable residence means periods of residence taken into account when examining an application for naturalisation.
apart from refugees and stateless persons. Revoking citizenship The Minister for Justice and Equality can revoke your certificate of naturalisation if: . it is then processed further along with all other applications that are on hand. this will generally meet the Minister for Justice and Equality's requirement that you have been supporting yourself and your dependants and that you will continue to do so. You will be given a reference number and you should quote this number when making queries either by phone or in writing. If further documentation or clarification is needed.• • • Was for the purposes of study (that is. The English version is Form 11 in the schedule of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship (Amendment) Regulations 2011. but you can keep it as short as possible by replying quickly to any queries. you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony at which you will be granted your certificate of naturalisation. You are an Irish citizen from the date of issue of the certificate and you can apply to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for an Irish passport any time after that date. How your application for naturalisation is processed You will normally be informed within a week whether your application has passed the initial processing stage. the process is longer. Self supporting In general. you will be asked for it once processing of your application has begun. If your application passes the initial stage. it is expected that around 70% of new applications will be processed within 6 months. The certificate of naturalisation is written in Irish. you were on a student visa) whether or not that study involved you being employed during any of the period of study. or Was granted while your claim for asylum was being examined. From June 2012 onwards. Before you send in your application you can use the online residency calculator on the INIS website to check if you meet the naturalisation residency conditions. For incorrect or incomplete applications. If you can show that you have not received State support in the 3 years before your application. When you submit the required documentation and certification fee. Certificate of naturalisation If your application is approved. if the claim was not granted. the letter notifying you of this decision will contain instructions regarding the final procedures that must be completed before the certificate of naturalisation can be issued. You will be informed by registered post as soon as a decision has been made on your application. You do not have to pay any fee at this stage as you will be asked to pay if and when your application is approved. applicants for naturalisation must prove they can support themselves and their families while living in Ireland. or Was granted as you were on a working holiday authorisation.
which will report its findings to the Minister. The new application forms are: • • • Form 8 (pdf) for a person aged 18 or over Form 9 (pdf) for the minor child of a naturalised Irish citizen Form 10 (pdf). A notice of the revocation of your certificate of naturalisation will be published in Iris Oifigiúil (Ireland's official State Gazette). a citizen of that country You have. stateless person or programme refugee Others €200 €200 No charge €950 How to apply Since 10 November 2011 there are new application forms on the INIS website. Rates Since 10 November 2011 the fee for each application for naturalisation is €175. Before revoking your certificate of naturalisation. stating the reasons why the certificate is being revoked and your right to apply to the Minister for an inquiry into the reasons for the revocation. widower or surviving civil partner of Irish citizen Refugee. There is a guidance note on how to complete form 10 (pdf). the Minister will refer your case to a Committee of Inquiry. did not register your name and a declaration of your intention to retain Irish citizenship with an Irish diplomatic mission or consular office or with the Minister for Justice and Equality on an annual basis You are also. the Minister for Justice and Equality will inform you in advance. misrepresentation or concealment of material facts or circumstances You have. through an overt act. under the law of a country at war with the State. failed in your duty of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State You were ordinarily resident outside Ireland (other than in public service) for a continuous period of 7 years and. If you are applying on or after 10 November 2011 you must use the new application form. without a reasonable excuse. Application on behalf of a minor Widow. by any other voluntary act other than marriage or registration of civil partnership. The following are the relevant fees to be paid when the certificate of naturalisation is issued. If you apply for an inquiry into a decision to revoke your certificate of naturalisation.• • • • • You obtained it through fraud. acquired citizenship of another country. . an electronic form which should be completed online by parents of a minor child of Irish descent or Irish associations.
• Form 11 (pdf). You can find a list of frequently asked questions about Irish citizenship and naturalisation on the INIS website. You should not sign the form until you are in the presence of the person who must witness you signing it. divorce and other certificates. marriage certificate. If your application for naturalisation is based on your relationship to an Irish citizen. civil partnership certificate). bank statements for the previous 3 months) and confirmation of your income tax situation. There is a guidance note on how to complete form 11 (pdf). The copies of birth. You also need to produce documents relating to your status and the duration of your stay in the State (Garda National Immigration Bureau . If you are a non-EEA national applying for naturalisation your GNIB residency stamps are the only evidence which provide proof of your reckonable residence. The information in your application form will be checked against the supporting documentation and any inaccuracy will lead to delays in ruling on your application. or the like). You should only send copies of the above documents with your application form. Commissioner for Oaths or Peace Commissioner. As well as these documents. civil partnership. notary public. declaration of refugee status. The application form contains instructions about who is eligible to be a witness. The supporting documents required include evidence of your identity and nationality (longform birth certificate and passport). You will be expected to produce the original documents for inspection at a later stage during the examination of your application. Certified copies are photocopies of original documents which are made and certified by a solicitor. an electronic form which should be completed online by a parent/guardian of a minor child born in the State. marriage. Where to apply Citizenship Department of Justice and Equality Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service Heffernan House Dundrum Road Tipperary Town Tipperary Ireland . such as the photo page of your passport.GNIB registration certificate. must be certified copies. you will need to produce the documents needed to show that person's status and your relationship to that person (for example birth or naturalisation certificate of Irish spouse. you must produce documents relevant to your financial and employment status (payslips for the previous 3 months.
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