Processing times and decisions at the Dublin Visa Office

We separate visa applications and visa appeals into separate queues. We divide those queues into smaller queues for the visa types detailed below. Each application (or appeal) is placed in the queue in the order we received them in the Dublin Visa Office. Visa applications and appeals received by the Dublin Visa Office before the dates shown below, are now being processed. Please bear in mind that your application or appeal will arrive in Dublin a number of days (or sometimes a number of weeks) after you send it to us. All dates are updated every Tuesday.

Recent decisions for visa applications and appeals in the Dublin visa office can be found underneath the processing times.

If your application was sent to a Visa office outside of Dublin, Ireland, please contact that office for processing information.

Visa applications and appeals now being processed for a decision in Dublin (updated: 22 September 2020)

Due to the restrictions implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are limited Visa services being provided. Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed and details are available in the Covid-19 FAQ document.

This restriction on the processing of visa(s) applications includes those applications which were received before the COVID-19 restrictions were announced on the 20 March 2020.
If your application falls into one of these categories, you can apply on-line in the usual way. Once you’ve completed the on-line application, you should follow the instructions given on the summary page as to where you should submit the application.  Updates will be posted on the COVID updates and announcements section of the website.

Visa type Date applications received in Dublin Date appeals received in Dublin
Business Suspended due to COVID-19 16 July 2020
Employment 12 September 2020 16 July 2020
Join family (Sponsor is in Category B*) 02 October 2019 02 January 2019
Join family (Sponsor is an Irish citizen or is in Category A*) 30 March 2020 24 April 2019
Re-entry (children) 14 September 2020 Not applicable
Study 19 August 2020 08 September 2020
Tourism or visit a family/friend Suspended due to COVID-19 16 July 2020
Other 12 September 2020 16 July 2020

* Please see paragraph 16.4 of the Policy Document on Non-EEA Family Reunification for information on the Visa Types. The longer waiting time for “join family” applications reflects the detailed assessment we must do for every application. The time it takes to process your application may increase if we need more documents from you, or if a detailed assessment of family rights under the Irish Constitution or the European Convention on Human Rights is required.

Please note: Processing times can change during the year, for example before holiday periods or for study applications prior to a new college year.  You are advised not to pay for a travel ticket before you receive a decision on your visa. There is no guarantee that any individual application will be successful.

Recent decisions in the Dublin Visa Office

The following list includes applications (and also applications which have been decided on appeal) in the Dublin Visa Office. Decisions are published on this page every Tuesday. To check if your application has been approved, download the Visa Decisions document (below) and search for your visa application number. Visa decisions for other visa offices can be access by following the links at the end of the page in the Other Visa Offices section.

Download visa decisions (updated: 22 September 2020)

Document icon New visa decisions
15 September 2020 to 21 September 2020 (PDF 38KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
08 September 2020 to 14 September 2020 (PDF 37KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
01 September 2020 to 07 September 2020 (PDF 49KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
25 August 2020 to 31 August 2020 (PDF 32KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
18 August 2020 to 24 August 2020 (PDF 26KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
11 August 2020 to 17 August 2020 (PDF 20KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
04 August 2020 to 10 August 2020 (PDF 26KB)
Document icon Visa decisions
28 July 2020 to 03 August 2020 (PDF 57KB)

What happens after your application is decided

If your application is approved

We will contact you about issuing your visa. If we have not contacted you in relation to the issuing of your visa, then to arrange the issue of your visa please contact:



If your application is refused

If we refuse your application, we will write to you by letter or by email setting out the reason(s) for the decision. If you have not received the decision letter (or email), then to get it please contact:



You can usually appeal your visa decision without paying an additional fee to us. You must submit an appeal within 2 months of the date on your letter of refusal. We permit one appeal for an application, so if the refusal decision was on an appeal you will not be able to appeal that decision.



If you need further information see the Visa - Frequently Asked Questions section. If you are unable to find an answer in that section, contact visa division.

Page updated: 22 September 2020