I have been granted a visa for Ireland
25th June 2008, © Department of Justice and Equality 2007
These documents are intended to assist applicants in their dealings with the Visa Section throughout the Visa application process. As such it is intended for guidance purposes only. They will be updated from time to time as procedures and policies change, therefore applicants are advised to refer to the up to date version of these questions on the website before submitting any applications or documents.
- Does this guarantee me entry to Ireland on my arrival?
- What is the latest date that I can arrive in Ireland with my Visa?
- How long can I stay in Ireland?
- I am in Ireland and have a C visa. I would now like to stay longer than 90 days. Is this possible?
- I have been issued with a D visa. Can I leave Ireland and return using this Visa?
Does this guarantee me entry to Ireland on my arrival?
The granting of a visa is in effect only a form of pre-clearance. A visa only permits you to travel to the State and seek entry during the validity period of the visa. It does not grant permission to enter or reside in the State; this permission is given by the Immigration Officer who has the authority to grant or deny such admission.
An Immigration Officer is entitled to question any person on arrival. If they are not satisfied with the bona-fides of any person, their documents, or their reasons for wishing to enter the State, they have the right to deny entry to any such person, despite the fact they hold a valid visa.
You are advised to carry supporting documentation related to the purpose of your journey in your hand luggage, for presentation to the Immigration Officer at the port of entry.
What is the latest date that I can arrive in Ireland with my Visa?
The dates shown on a visa are the dates between which you may seek entry to the State.
How long can I stay in Ireland?
If you have been issued with a 'C' visa, this will be determined by an Immigration Officer. However, 90 days is the maximum duration you will be allowed remain in the State on this type of visa.
If you have been issued with a 'D' visa, the duration of stay will depend on a number of factors, including, for workers, the renewal of employment permits, or for students, satisfactory attendance & progress at school/college. You must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau who will decide on the duration you will be permitted to stay.
I am in Ireland and have a C visa. I would now like to stay longer than 90 days. Is this possible?
No. The maximum time you can stay in Ireland on this visa is 90 days.
I have been issued with a D visa. Can I leave Ireland and return using this Visa?
If the number of journeys indicated on your visa is '01' then you can only enter the State once on this visa. When you have registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), you can then apply for a 'Re-entry Visa'.
If you apply for a multiple journey re-entry visa, it will be valid from the date of issue until the expiry date on the Registration Card issued to you by the GNIB, or the expiry date of your passport, whichever is earliest.
This will allow you to leave and re-enter the State any number of times within the dates shown on your visa.
If you apply for a single journey re-entry visa, this will only be valid for one entry to the State within the dates shown on the visa, which will be for 90 days from the date of issue. (It will not be valid for the duration of your GNIB card).
To avoid having to apply for further visas for the duration of your permission to remain, you should apply for a multiple-entry re-entry visa.
Please check Re-entry visas for further information.