Visas updates & announcements
Re-Entry Visa Office opening dates & times over Christmas
14 December 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.