What if I am refused a visa?


If you are refused a visa you may appeal this decision by writing to:

Visa Appeals Officer
Visa Section
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

If you applied to the Visa Office in Abuja, Ankara, Beijing, Abu Dhabi, London, Moscow or New Delhi, you should submit your appeal to the relevant office.

An exception to this is for applicants residents of Qatar where the appeal must be sent Dublin.

Any further information or additional documentation which you wish to have taken into account should be sent for the attention of the Visa Appeals Officer. Provision of such additional documentation will be considered but does not guarantee approval of the application. The visa reference number must be quoted on all future correspondence.


How do I lodge an appeal?

Appeals must be in written form and posted to the Visa Appeals Officer at the above address. Faxed or emailed appeals will not be considered.


Is there a time limit?

Yes, you should submit your appeal within 2 months of the refusal date.


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?

It is expected that a decision will issue within 8 weeks from the date of receipt of appeal in the relevant visa office. The time-frame for processing may be affected by the complexity of the case, the number of appeals received, and the available resources. While every effort is made to process appeals as quickly as possible, processing times can inevitably vary.