Visas updates & announcements

Important notice for re-entry visa customers travelling over Christmas and New Year

23 October 2017

The run-up to the Christmas and New Year period is the busiest time of the year for the processing of re-entry visa applications.

Customers applying at this time of year should take account of the requirements set out on the re-entry pages on the INIS website, as well as the information below.

We strongly advise customers to submit their postal applications by Friday 17 November, if travelling over the Christmas and New Year period, to ensure that they receive their visas in good time.

Applications by post

The most convenient and straightforward way to apply for a re-entry visa is by registered post. Postal applications are usually completed within 10 - 15 working days of receipt. This may increase slightly during busy periods.

Applications should be made using the Re-entry Visa Application Form available on the INIS website.

The form, all documentation required and the appropriate fee (payable by postal order or bank draft) should be sent by registered post only to the address below:

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

Tracking information for re-entry visas that have been issued by the office, can be requested by send an email to reentryqueries@justice.ie.

Applications by appointment

There is no need to attend the public office in person. However, if you wish to do so, appointments can be made on-line at http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie.

A limited number of appointments are available, therefore it is advised that you apply by registered post and in good time.

A small number of emergency appointments are also available each day to cover an unforeseen event, such as the death or serious illness of a family member.

Please note that upcoming travel plans will not be considered an emergency. Documentary evidence will be requested by the office in order to establish a genuine emergency.

Do not come to the office without an appointment.

Contacts

All queries not addressed by the information above should be forwarded to reentryqueries@justice.ie.

Emails are currently being answered within 48 hours.

Apply for a re-entry visa.

Rescheduling of appointments cancelled due to storm Ophelia

17 October 2017

The Burgh Quay Re-entry Visa Office was closed on Monday 16 October due to Met Éireann's status red wind alert. We are now contacting everyone affected to make new arrangements.

Re-entry visa office opening times for Christmas

14 December 2016

The Re-Entry Visa Office at Burgh Quay will be open from 9am until 12:30pm on Friday 23 December 2016. It will re-open for emergency appointments only from Wednesday 28 December until Friday 30 December (inclusive) from 9am to 12:30pm.

Normal business will resume on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8.30am.

Read more about Re-Entry Visas

Notice | Beware of possible fraud via email

22 September 2016

A number of INIS customers have been approached via email by a person claiming to be from a legal and immigration company in Ireland.

"Employment Eligibility Clearance & Security Bond"

They claim that they have a client company with an offer of employment in Ireland and ask for money to pay for an "International Employment Eligibility Clearance and Security Bond".

They also ask for a passport photo, CV and copy of the victim's passport bio-data page. An application form is attached seeking personal information and employment details.

It is claimed that this information is sought by the "Judiciary of the Republic of Ireland" to establish employment eligibility and security clearance.

Fraud

This application form is false. Both the legal and Immigration company and the client company do not exist.

This is an attempted fraud.

Customers are asked to be alert and suspicious of any such offers seeking payment. If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

See full contact details for INIS

Short stay visa changes for children under 18

3 December 2015

From 7 December 2015 Short Stay 'C' visa documents issued for children must show if they are travelling with a named adult or are unaccompanied.

If the adult named on the child's visa is not present with the child when boarding an aircraft, the child will not be allowed to travel.

Read more about Short Stay 'C' visa documents for children

New visa requirements for Malawian nationals

24 November 2015

From 30 November 2014 nationals of Malawi must apply for a visa before travelling to Ireland.

Malawian nationals who have immigration permission and a valid Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) who left Ireland before 30 November 2014 and will return after 30 November 2014 must apply for a visa before travelling.

If this applies to you and you did not obtain a Re-Entry Visa before you left, you must apply online for an Irish visa. Your application will be sent to the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi for processing.

Malawian nationals who are lawfully resident in Ireland and who wish to travel after 30 November 2014 should apply for a Re-entry Visa before travelling.

Check visa requirements for travel to Ireland

New online appointments service for Re-entry Visas

11 November 2015

Book an online appointment for a time that suits you before travelling to the Re-entry Visa public office.

Note: The online system should only be used in emergencies.

The best way to get a Re-Entry Visa is to apply by registered post using the Re-Entry Visa Application Form. Postal applications are normally processed within 10 working days and should be your first option.

Read more about Re-Entry Visas

Minister Fitzgerald and UK Home Secretary launch British-Irish Visa Scheme

6 October 2014

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will allow nationals requiring a short stay visa to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using a single visa issued by either Ireland or the UK.

This will mean that tourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors will be able to visit both the UK and Ireland on a single visa. This includes moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland.

Read more about the launch of the British-Irish Visa Scheme

New visa requirements for Venezuelan nationals

19 June 2014

From 24 June 2014 nationals of Venezuela must apply for a visa before travelling to Ireland.

Venezuelan nationals who have immigration permission and a valid Certificate of Registration (GNIB card) who left the country before 24 June 2014 and will return after 24 June 2014 must apply for a visa before travelling.

If this applies to you and you did not obtain a Re-Entry visa before you left Ireland you must apply online for an Irish visa. Your application will be sent to the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico for processing.

Venezuelan nationals who are lawfully resident in Ireland and who wish to travel after 24 June 2014 should apply for a Re-entry Visa before travelling.

Check visa requirements for travel to Ireland

 

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Updated: 23 October 2017

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