Re-entry visa processing times and decisions

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: 16 April)

The Re-Entry Visa section are currently in the process of returning adult applications received on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

Due to the volume of post on hand, we would ask applicants to please be patient throughout this process and to allow 3-5 working days for delivery of their postal item.

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

Visa applications currently in-process (updated: 16 April)

We are now processing Children's re-entry visa applications received by post on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

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


Questions and queries

Send all queries about your re-entry visa application to

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 - 20 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 Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or 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.



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 16 April 2019

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