:: Passport valid for six months on exit
If you hold, or have held, other passports, you must also submit these with your application. If you are unable to do so, please include a written explanation, along with any relevant police reports.
:: Two blank visa pages in passport
:: Photocopy of passport pages
Please provide a clear, colour photocopy of the information page and all immigration visas/stamps in your passport.
:: Two recent passport photographs
:: Proof of residence
Non-UK passport holders must submit an original UK residence card/permit (stamp, sticker or BRP card), valid for at least three months after your intended date of departure from Ireland.
Please also provide a clear, colour photocopy of the same, making sure to copy the front and back of the BRP card, where applicable.
:: Completed and signed application form
The application form for Ireland must be completed online. Please ensure all questions are answered in full, and all names and details exactly match those in your passport. Once you have completed the online form, print it out, then sign and submit to us along with the other application requirements. Please do not process any payment; we will handle this on your behalf.
:: Employer’s letter
As proof of employment, applicants must submit a letter from their UK employer (or college/university for students). This must be an original, signed document on company letterhead, confirming you are an employee of the company (or student of the university), indicating the purpose of travel and noting the date you are due to return to work or study. The letter must be no more than four weeks old at the time of submission.
Self-employed applicants should instead provide proof of their business or company, in the form of an original letter from your solicitor, accountant or tax consultant (signed and dated on headed paper), any recent correspondence from the Inland Revenue relating to self-employment, an original letter of incorporation, and/or the three most recent monthly statements from your business bank account. Please provide photocopies of any original document you want the embassy to return.
:: Purpose of travel letter
The letter should give full details of the reason for your visit to Ireland (for example, holiday, visiting family/friends, etc..), and must be no more than four weeks old.
:: Previous visa information, if applicable
Please submit details of any previous Irish visa applications you’ve made, including any which were refused, and also details of any refused visa applications for other countries. Failure to disclose this information will result in your current Irish visa application being refused. Applicants should provide a photocopy of any original documents related to previous visa refusal(s).
:: Proof of accommodation
If staying in a hotel, guesthouse or B&B accommodation, please submit a copy of your confirmed booking reservation, including the full address, your name and the dates of stay.
If staying with friends or family members in Ireland, you should instead submit an original letter of invitation from your host, signed and dated no more than four weeks ago, and including their full address. Your host should also include a copy of the information page(s) from their passport, and a copy of their current Irish residence permission if they are not an EEA national. They should also note how you are known or related to them and provide supporting evidence, where possible.
:: Proof of funds
This should be provided as bank statements covering the three months leading up to your application, to show all transactions, including your salary or other form of regular income. The statements should show your current address, and must either be original or print-outs which have been stamped by a branch of your bank. They should show availability of sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip; any lump sum payment made in advance of your application will not be considered.
Applicants being supported by a partner, spouse or family member should alternatively provide a letter, signed and dated, stating that they will be supporting you during your trip to Ireland. They must provide bank statements (as described above) and proof of their relationship to you (e.g. a marriage certificate).
Please provide copies of any original documents you want returned to you.
:: Applicants under 18 years
Please submit a copy of the child’s original long-form birth certificate showing the names of both parents, plus a photocopy of the same, and a letter of attendance from the child’s school or a letter from a GP confirming the child’s registration. You should also provide written consent from both parents for the child to travel to Ireland, or legal documents proving sole-guardianship (originals and photocopies). Both parents should additionally provide original photo ID which includes a signature, plus a photocopy of the same.
Please click here to view a list of nationals who DO NOT require a visa to enter Ireland.