How long does it take to process an application?
A- In some cases, applications can be processed locally in the Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office in the country in which you applied, in a very short period of time.
If your application does not fall into the category of applications that can be processed locally, it will be referred to Dublin for processing by the Department of Justice and Equality.
This office endeavours to deal with all applications in the fastest possible time. Incomplete applications, lack of documentation, or submission of non-translated documents results in delays for everyone.
To allow for the possible transfer of your application to Dublin you should submit your application 8 weeks in advance of proposed date of travel. (For applicants legally resident in Northern Ireland please also see questions 16 & 17)
We advise applicants not to pay for airline or other travel tickets without having been issued with a visa.