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Ireland Visa for Indians

Known as the 'Emerald Isle', Ireland is popular for its lush green landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality. Many Indians visit Ireland as tourists. Some also go there to study at their universities or work in Irish companies. The first step towards visiting Ireland is to apply for an Ireland visa from India. In this blog, we will take you through the process of applying for an Ireland visa. Read on to learn about the documents required, the visa types, the visa fees, and so on.

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About Ireland Visa

You must be excited to explore the vibrant cities and calm coastlines of Ireland. But before you start packing your bags, you should know about the Ireland visa requirements in detail. Here are some basic facts about Ireland that you should know about before learning how to apply for an Ireland visa.

Key Facts Details
Country Ireland
Currency Euro (EUR 1 = INR 89.59)
Time Zone IST (Irish Standard Time)
Capital City Dublin
Official Languages English and Irish
Popular Tourist Destinations Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick
Visa Application Method Online

Features of an Ireland Visa

Ireland visa requirements have a few unique features compared to other destinations. Here is a summary of the key features of an Ireland visa.

  • Travel insurance: You may need to show proof of having travel medical insurance to the visa officer during your appointment. You are also required to show your insurance documents to the Immigration officer after arriving in Ireland.
  • Police clearance certificate: A police clearance certificate proving that you don't have any criminal records is required for long-stay visas like work permits and student visas.

Documents Required to Apply for an Ireland Visa

To obtain an Ireland visa from India, you must submit a set of required documents according to your visa type. Here is a table outlining the documents required for an Ireland visitor visa (Short Stay "C" visa) from India:

Document Type Description
Passport - Must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned stay in Ireland.
- Must have at least 2 blank pages for visa stamping.
Visa Application Form - Completed and signed
Passport-sized Photographs as per Ireland visa photo requirements - Recent, passport-sized photographs meeting Ireland visa photo requirements (e.g., size, background color)
Travel Itinerary - Details of your travel plans including flight bookings (round trip)
Proof of Accommodation - Hotel bookings, , rental agreements, or a letter of invitation from a host in Ireland (if staying with family/friends)
Travel Insurance - Valid travel insurance covering medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, and repatriation for the duration of your stay in Ireland
Proof of Sufficient Funds - Bank statements (last 6 months), showing sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Ireland
Employment and Income Proof - Employment letter stating your job position, salary, and approved leave of absence (if employed)
- Business license, tax returns (if self-employed)
Purpose of Visit - Letter explaining the purpose of your visit to Ireland
Proof of Ties to India - Evidence of ties to India (e.g., property ownership, family ties, future plans)
Biometric Data - Biometric information including fingerprints and a digital photograph (to be provided at the Visa Application Centre)
Previous Visa Refusals or Travel History - If applicable, documentation explaining any previous visa refusals or travel history to other countries (especially Schengen or UK visas)

Documents Required for Ireland Work Visa

If you plan to work in Ireland for more than 90 days, you need a valid National Visa D. Here's a checklist of documents you must submit if you wish to work in Ireland as an employee.

Document Type Description
Employment Permit - Original copy of the Employment Permit issued by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment of Ireland
Employment Contract or Job Offer Letter - Offer letter from the Irish employer detailing terms of employment, salary, job title, and duration of employment contract
Proof of Qualifications - Educational certificates, degrees, diplomas, or professional qualifications relevant to the job offered
Proof of Relevant Work Experience - Letters of reference from previous employers, detailing positions held, dates of employment, and job responsibilities
Police Clearance Certificate Police certificate for any country where you stayed during the last 5 years.

Documents Required for Ireland Study Visa

Students who wish to study in Ireland for more than 90 days, need to apply for a study visa. Here's a list of the additional documents needed for this.

Document Type Description
Letter of Acceptance from Irish Institution - Official letter of acceptance from an accredited Irish educational institution confirming admission to a full-time course of study
Proof of Payment of Fees - Receipts or evidence of payment of tuition fees for the first year of study
Proof of Academic Qualifications - Educational certificates, transcripts, and diplomas relevant to the course of study
Proof of English Language Proficiency - Certificate demonstrating English language proficiency (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL) as required.
Proof of Sufficient Funds Proof showing sufficient funds to cover your expenses.
You/your sponsor must show the ability to pay EUR 10,000 in Ireland for one academic year.
Medical Insurance - Private medical insurance covering healthcare costs in Ireland
Police Clearance Certificate - Certificate verifying no criminal record.

Ireland Visa Types

Ireland offers an array of visas based on the purpose and duration of your visit. Here are some essential Ireland visa types for Indian travelers.

Ireland Visa Types Description Maximum stay permitted
Visitor Visa (Short stay visa type C) Allows short-term stays in Ireland for tourism, visiting family/friends, marriage, medical treatment, etc. Up to 90 days in a 180-day period
Business/Conference/Event Visa Permits entry to Ireland for attending conferences, business meetings, or participating in events. Up to 14 days
Employment Visa (Long Stay Visa type D) Required for individuals seeking to work in Ireland. Duration of your employment.
Student Visa Necessary for Indian students admitted to Irish educational institutions. Duration of your course.
Join Family visa for spouse/parents Enables the family members of Irish residents or citizens to join them in Ireland for an extended stay. Depends on individual circumstances.
Transit visa For travellers passing through Ireland to another country. Few hours

Who can Apply for an Ireland Visa?

Any Indian citizen who meets the following criteria can submit an Ireland visa application.

  • Holders of a valid Indian passport who have a valid reason to visit Ireland such as tourism, business, employment, study, medical treatment, etc.
  • Passport validity of at least six months from your planned departure date from Ireland.
  • You must be able to finance your stay in Ireland and provide proof of this.
  • For long-stay visas, you need to have valid medical insurance and a police clearance certificate.

How to Apply for an Ireland Visa?

The Ireland visa application process is to be initiated online. But you need to visit an application Centre to submit documents and biometrics. Here's a step-wise guide on how to apply for an Ireland visa.

  1. Visit the official AVATS website to create an online application form.
  2. Follow the steps as guided by the system and complete your online form according to the Ireland visa requirements.
  3. Take a printout of your completed application form and sign it.
  4. Visit the official website of VFS Global and book an appointment at a visa application centre near you.
  5. You can pay your visa fees while booking your appointment through VFS Global. You can also send a bank draft addressed to the Embassy of Ireland.
  6. Attend your visa appointment on the scheduled date. You have to submit your documents along with your biometric information. Make sure that all your documents are ready and that your photos comply with the Ireland visa photo requirements.
  7. Wait for your visa outcome during the Ireland visa processing time.

Ireland Visa Fees

The Ireland visa fees vary depending on whether your visa is a single-entry visa or a multiple-entry visa. Here is a summary of Ireland visa fees for various visa types.

Visa type Ireland visa fees
Single entry visa EUR 60 (INR 5375.40)
Multiple entry visa EUR 100 (INR 8,959)

*Visa fee subject to exchange rate fluctuations

How to Check Ireland Visa Status?

If you have applied for an Ireland visa through VFS Global, you can check the visa status online by visiting the VFS Global online visa-tracking page.

  • Visit the official VFS Global website.
  • Click on 'Track my application.'
  • Enter your application reference number and your last name.
  • Click on submit to reveal your Ireland visa status.

The Ireland embassy in New Delhi uploads their visa decisions frequently on their official website.

  • Visit the official website of the Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page until you reach the heading 'Visa decisions'.
  • Download the "visa decisions" file mentioned on the website.

Use Ctrl+F to check your Ireland visa status from the list.

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