Re-entry visa processing times and decisions

Notice | Apply early to get a re-entry visa in time to travel at Christmas

Apply as early as possible to ensure you get a re-entry visa in time to travel over Christmas or New Year. Do not come to the re-entry visa office without an appointment. You will not be seen.

Processing times for re-entry visa applications received by post are published here every weekday, except public holidays. Get help below if you have a question. Apply for a re-entry visa.

Visa decisions ready today (updated 12 December)

Re-entry visa applications received by post on or before Thursday 7 December are now finished. Documents and visas (if approved) are now being returned to applicants by registered post.

It may take 2 days (+/-) for your documents to arrive back with you.

Check with An Post to see when we received your application.

Visa applications currently in-process (updated 12 December)

We are now processing re-entry visa applications received by post on Friday 8 December.

Check with An Post to see if we have received your application.

Help

Questions and queries

Send all queries about your re-entry visa application to reentryqueries@justice.ie.

Do not come to the Re-entry Visa Processing Office without an appointment. You will not be seen.

We cannot retrieve an application from the postal system if it has already been processed. You will have to wait for it to be returned by post as normal.

How soon your decision will be ready

It can take up to 15 working days to process a re-entry visa application submitted by post.

To estimate when your visa (if approved) will be ready, you should also include extra time for weekends, public holidays and postal transit.

Processing times also vary based on the number of applications we receive. In general, we are busiest before Christmas and during the summer.

What your decision means

If approved, an Irish visa will be placed into a blank page of your passport and returned to you by registered post along with your personal documents, eg registration certificate (GNIB card).

If refused, we will return your passport and personal documents to you by registered post along with a letter that explains why the application was refused.

 

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 12 December 2017

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