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Application for a re-entry visa for a minor under 16


1. About re-entry visas

A minor needs a re-entry visa to leave Ireland for a short period (usually up to 90 days) and then return again, eg on holiday with their parents.

If the minor leaves without a re-entry visa or does not return within the period shown on the visa, you (the minor's parent or guardian) must apply for a new long stay or short stay visa for them to come back to Ireland.

A minor who holds an Irish residence permit, the IRP or GNIB card, does not need a re-entry visa. IRP and GNIB cards are issued to minors who are resident in Ireland on the basis of EU Treaty Rights and have an EU FAM 4 permission. Other minors are not registered and do not receive an Irish residence permit.

Read the general conditions for all visas.

2. Who can apply

A minor cannot apply for a re-entry visa by themselves. The application must be made by their parent or guardian. You can apply for a re-entry visa for your minor if they:

3. Types of re-entry visa

There are 2 types of re-entry visa. Select the one you want on your application form when you apply:

  1. Single journey visa allows minor to leave and return to Ireland on one occasion during the period shown on the visa, typically within a 90 day period
  2. Multiple journey visa allows minor to leave for short journeys and return to Ireland on more than one occasion during the period shown on the visa, all minor's under 16 years will get a multiple visa in line with their parent or guardian’s registration certificate to a maximum of one year. minor's whose parents or guardians are EEA nationals will be granted a re-entry visa for a maximum of two years.

4. How to apply

To apply for a re-entry visa:

  1. Download and complete the application form (as below)
  2. Prepare your application documents(as below)
  3. Submit your visa application by registered post

IMPORTANT: You should not purchase travel tickets before you receive a visa decision.

5. Application form and documents

Submit everything listed below.

i. Application form

Download and complete the re-entry visa application form on behalf of your the minor.

Document icon Re-entry visa application form for minors
(PDF 286KB)

ii. Passport

Include your minor's current passport with your application.

iii. Birth certificate

Include the minor's original birth certificate with your application. Do not submit a photocopy.

Include an original certified translation (into English or Irish) of the birth certificate if it is not in the English or Irish language. Find out how to make a certified translation.

Do not submit photocopies.

vi. Proof of parent or guardian's identity

If you are a non-EEA national parent or guardian of the minor, include the current registration certificate (ie Irish Residence Permit or GNIB card) for one of the minor's parents with the application. Do not submit a photocopy.

If you are an EEA national, include the original or a photocopy of government issued photo ID eg driving licence, passport or a national identity card.

v. Proof of guardianship arrangement

If you are the minor’s guardian, include proof of this, in the form of a guardianship arrangement from the minor’s parent’s or a State authority. Include an original certified translation (into English or Irish) if it is not in the English or Irish language.

vi. Proof that the minor lives in Ireland

Your minor’s school or doctor must sign the application form and state that the minor is resident in Ireland.

vii. Photos

Include 2 passport-sized colour photos of the minor.

The photos must meet all the following rules for visa photographs.

Both passport photos must be signed and stamped on the back with the official seal of the minor's school or the minor’s doctor.

Submit your application

When ready, put all the items listed above into an envelope. We recommend that you use a strong padded envelope to prevent damage and help stop items being lost.

If you are making applications for more than one minor, submit them together. To do so:

  • Place each set of application documents into separate ordinary envelopes
  • Write the name of each minor on each envelope
  • Then place each envelope into a larger (padded) envelope

Double-check that everything is included. You can then submit your application by By registered post

Please note that documents cannot be added after the application has been submitted by registered post.

6. Submit your application by registered post

You must submit your application by registered post at a post office.

Registered post is more secure than ordinary post. You can also track your package online.

Do not send your application by ordinary post. We will return it to you without processing.

Application address

Re-entry Visa Processing Office
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
Department of Justice and Equality
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70

When to apply

It takes 15-20 working days to process a re-entry visa application submitted by post.

When deciding when to apply for your minor, you should also include extra time for weekends, public holidays and postage to-and-from the Re-entry Visa Processing Office.

In the case of an emergency, such as a family illness, you can email the re-entry visa office and request urgent processing. You must provide proof of the emergency when making your request, by email

Return address

After processing we will return your documents (and visa, if approved) to you by registered post.

To request a different return address, type or write a note with the new address and include it with your application. We cannot accept a request for a new return address after you submit your application.

There will be no public office facility for the processing of re-entry visa’s from 13 May 2019

7. Visa decisions

Visa decisions are made in the order applications are received.

For applications received through the postal system, an update on applications is published every weekday.

If your application is approved

An Irish visa will be placed into a blank page of the minor's passport.

For applications received through the postal system, we will return your passport, visa and documents to you by registered post. (If you requested a different return address, we will send them there.)

Double-check the visa when you receive it to make sure your details are correct, eg name, date of birth, dates of visa validity, etc. If not, contact us.

If your application is refused

For applications received through the postal system, we will return your passport and documents to you by registered post. We will also include a 'letter of refusal' that explains why your application was refused.

In both cases, you may wish to address the reason(s) for the refusal and (if possible) apply again.

8. Fees

Re-entry visa’s for minors under 16 are provided free of charge.



If you have questions about Re-entry visas, contact us.

Updated:17 September 2019