IMPORTANT NOTICE - During September and October visa
applications may take longer to process than our
indicative processing times below. This is due to the increase in
the volume of applications being received and the resources
available to process them. We strongly advise that you submit your
application as far in advance as possible. DO NOT CALL THE VISA
OFFICE FOR UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF AN APPLICATION. You will be
informed by the Consulate when a decision is made.
The Irish Visa Office in Abu Dhabi is based at the Embassy of
Ireland, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This office is now responsible for
processing applications from nationals or residents of Oman. The
Visa Office in Abu Dhabi can only accept visa applications
which have been made on line. If you have any queries
relating to the visa application process you can call the Visa
Office directly. Otherwise please proceed as per the instructions
below to launch an on-line application.
Applicants are reminded that completing the on-line application
form is only the first step in the visa application process. An
application can only be processed when the on-line form is
completed AND the required backing documentation, passport
photograph and appropriate fee is received by the Visa Office.
It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper
INFORMATION NOTE TO ASSIST APPLICANTS
An information note has been prepared to assist applicants. This is
available in English, and also in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
To launch an on-line application please click here
MINIMUM DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED WITH ALL VISA APPLICATIONS
· Your application
form should be FULLY completed. No question should be left blank.
· You must sign the
form yourself – nobody can sign it on your behalf (except in the
case of a child under 18, where the parent(s) may sign on behalf of
APPLICATIONS, OR APPLICATIONS ACCOMPANIED BY UNSIGNED
PASSPORTS, WILL BE REFUSED
· Where a child
under the age of 18 is travelling alone, the consent of both
parents/guardians is required. If the child is travelling with one
parent, the consent of the other parent is required. Where only one
parent has total custody and access rights, official evidence of
this must be provided.
· All documents
submitted should be in English or, where the original document
is in another language, the original document should be submitted
along with a notarised translation of same.
· At the time of
your visa application you must possess a passport which is valid
for 6 months after the date you propose to leave Ireland.
Applications submitted without such a passport cannot be
· For applications
for long-term stays such as employment, study, or joining your
spouse, it is advisable that your passport should be valid for at
least 12 months. If you are permitted to remain in Ireland for more
than 3 months you must register with the Garda National Immigration
Bureau. The charge for registration is €100 each time. You will not
be registered beyond the date of expiry of your passport. It is
therefore in your own interest to have a passport which is valid
for at least 12 months.
· If your passport
is relatively new, it may assist your application if you provide
your former passport showing previous visas for any other country
and your travel history.
· All visa
applicants must be able to show evidence that they can support
themselves for the duration of their stay in Ireland.
· A detailed bank
statement should be submitted, clearly naming the account holder
and showing bank contact details. The statement should cover
the immediate 6 month period prior to submitting a visa, and show
sufficient funds to cover the proposed travel. Lump sum lodgements
made in the run up to the application being made are not taken into
consideration when assessing a person’s ability to support
themselves. If you are not the account holder, then the
application should include a letter from the account holder
confirming their sponsorship of your visit.
· For all
categories of visa applications it will be necessary to include
details of any other family members in Ireland, or any other EU
State, at the time of the application.
· Details of any
previous visa applications for Ireland made by you MUST be given
· If you have been
refused a visa for any other country, details of this, preferably
the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that
country, should be submitted. Concealment of any other visa
refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.
Further documents may be required depending on the type of visa you
are applying for. For full details, please see www.inis.gov.ie
SUBMITTING YOUR DOCUMENTATION AND VISA FEES
You should submit your visa application to the Consulate in
Muscat please contact the Consulate in advance of travel to
check the office working times.
The contact details of the Consulate are:
Honorary Consul of Ireland
8th Floor, Suite #807
Sultanate of Oman
Telephone: 00 968 24701 282
Fax: 00 968 24701 278
When you have completed the on line application and have all of the
accompanying papers you can lodge the application with the
Honorary Consul in Muscat. The Honorary Consul will send your
papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your behalf, having
undertaken an initial examination of all the papers. All visa
applications submitted to the Honorary Consulate are sent to the
Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu
Dhabi, UAE, for processing. The actual decision on your visa
will be made in the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
You will be contacted by the Consulate when a decision has been
made on your application. All decisions following assessment will
be provided to the Consulate in Muscat as required for onward
posting or collection of the visa.
If you are unable to submit the application to the Consulate in
Muscat and wish to send your application directly by courier to the
Visa Office in Abu Dhabi you will have to arrange to pay the visa
fees directly to the Visa Office’s bank account.. The method of
payment will be by bank transfer and evidence of transfer of the
payment will be required to be provided with your papers to be sent
by courier or alternative secure mail to the Embassy of Ireland Abu
Dhabi. The fee for processing your visa application will be 360 AED
for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry
visa may be granted the fee will be 600 AED. A transit visa
will cost 25 euros. You can pay the fee in your local
currency at the relevant AED exchange rates. You should refer
to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to
when a multiple entry visa may be granted. The details can be found
on the site at the section dealing with visa fees. This section of
the site also provides details as to when a fee may not be
The visa fees mentioned above must be paid in full – depending on
the visa being sought. These fees are required to undertake an
examination of the application. Any commission charges payable to
your bank or the receiving bank in Abu Dhabi cannot be deducted
from the visa fee. If there are charges from the sending
and receiving bank you must provide sufficient funds to
cover these costs. You should check these costs with your bank
and cover the cost of the sending and receiving bank. It will not
be possible to examine applications where the correct fee has not
been provided. Deductions cannot be made from the visa fee
amount for commission charges of the banks.
When submitting your application as mentioned earlier you must
enclose a confirmation of payment. When making the payment to
the bank you should also indicate your name or your AVATS reference
number on the lodgement slip. This is to ensure we are easily able
to match your application to the fees received in our bank account.
Only when you have checked the requirements for the visa you are
seeking and have all of the necessary papers should you send the
application for assessment. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT A RECEIPT
OF PAYMENT WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THE VISA OFFICE HAS EVIDENCE OF
THE FEES HAVING BEEN PAID FOR THAT APPLICATION TO THE BANK A/C.
The bank account details are as follows:
Name of holder: Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Account number: 6202417770
Bank: National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Main Branch, Khalifa
Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
IBAN No: AE220350000006202417770
IMPORTANT: Regardless of indicative processing
times below you ‘should’ always apply for your visa well in advance
and allow at least 2-3 weeks for your application to
Please note that it takes a "minimum" of 3-4 working days
to process 'any' visa application. DO NOT ASK THAT A DECISION IS
MADE SOONER THAN THIS AS YOUR REQUEST WILL BE REFUSED.
Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are
in order, applications for short stay ‘C’ visas will be processed
within 4-10 working days from the time
the application is received by the Visa Office in Abu
Dhabi. In other cases, and particularly if you
do not have any previous visas, you should apply for your visa well
in advance and allow between 5- 10 working days
from the time the application is received by the Visa Office in
Abu Dhabi for your application to be processed.
Long stay visas (D Visas) such as Study, Employment, Join
Spouse/Parent of Irish National and Join Spouse/Parent of EEA
National and EU Treaty Rights visas will be processed generally
within 15-20 working days from date of receipt of the
application by the Irish Visa Office.
Omani/GCC nationals resident in Oman who are applying for 'C' visit
visas only will have their applications processed
within 3-5 working days from the date the
passport/application is received from the courier by the Visa
Office. This is provided that all the required documents have been
submitted and are in order.
You should allow extra time for a courier to send your application
to the Visa Office. We recommend you allow a 'minimum' of
3-5 working days for this. The visa office cannot be held
responsible for delays in the processing of applications due to
Incomplete applications will result in a delay. The
onus is on the applicant to supply the required documentation and
to satisfy the visa officer that a visa may be granted. Please note
that these are indicative processing times only. Processing may
take longer at certain times of the year or depending on the
complexity of the application.
How will I be notified when a decision is made?
You will be contacted either by the Honorary Consulate in Muscat or
by the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi when a decision has been made on
your application or if further clarification or documentation is
If my application has been turned down, how do I appeal the
If you are refused a visa you may appeal this decision in
writing only to the Visa Appeals Officer at:
Visa Appeals Office
Embassy of Ireland
1 and 2 Khalifa Al Suwaidi Development
19th (off 32nd Street)
P.O. Box 61581
United Arab Emirates
Any further information or additional documentation which you wish
to have taken into account should be sent for the attention of the
Visa Appeals Officer. Provision of such additional documentation
will be considered but does not guarantee approval of the
application. The visa reference number must be quoted on all future
correspondence along with your name and nationality.
How do I lodge an appeal?
Appeals must be in written form and posted to the Visa Appeals
Officer at the above address. Faxed or emailed appeals will not be
considered. No appeal will be allowed if you are found to have
given false or misleading information in any part of your
Is there a time limit?
Yes, you should submit your appeal within 2 months of the refusal
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for an appeal against refusal of a visa.
What happens when I make my appeal?
On receipt of the appeal the Appeals Officer will review the
application again, taking account of any further comments you have
made in the grounds of appeal and of any supporting documentation.
On examination and review the original decision may be reversed. If
the Appeals Officer does not alter the decision, you will be
notified in writing.
How long will my appeal take?
4-6 weeks from receipt of appeal.
You should submit your appeal by courier or in person ‘directly’
to the Abu Dhabi Visa office and ‘not’ to the Consulate
or Embassy in your country. If you do submit your appeal to a
consulate or Embassy you may be asked to pay the full courier costs
and/or any administrative charges associated with sending the
appeal. The Embassy or Consulate will not be responsible for the
cost or delivery of your appeal papers to the Abu Dhabi Visa
Office. Neither will they offer you any assistance with regard what
documents or information you should send with an appeal to Abu
Dhabi. You should follow the procedures on this website on how to
submit your appeal to the Abu Dhabi Visa Office.