The granting of an Irish visa is, in effect, only a form of
pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter Ireland
and Immigration Officers have the authority to grant or deny
admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control
at the point of entry and should always carry with them the
originals or copies of the documents submitted with their visa
applications for possible inspection by Immigration Officers.
Furthermore, a visa does not grant permission to remain in Ireland.
The date of validity shown on the visa indicates only the date
before which it must be presented to an Immigration Officer. The
length of stay is decided by an Immigration Officer at the port of
A visa holder who remains in Ireland longer than the permitted
period and/or who submits false or misleading information in
support of his/her application may become liable for prosecution
and/or subject to deportation.
The granting of a visa is not a mere formality. As a result, the
Embassy will not be held responsible for any cancelled or unused
travel tickets in the event of a visa application not being
processed by an applicant's intended date of travel or where an
application has been rejected by the Department of Justice,
Equality and Law Reform. As a result, we advise all visa applicants
NOT to purchase or book travel tickets until their visa application
has been approved, issued and received.