Ireland Visa Process

Processing Time

The processing times for Student Visa Applications vary depending on the volume of applications lodged, and the time it takes for an application to reach the Visa section in Dublin from the Embassy in which it was lodged

You should allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa but a minimum time of 8 weeks is recommended

The Visa Section will Endeavour to have your application assessed as soon as possible

Information for applicants:

Visa decisions are published weekly on our website, on the page called – Visa Decisions. You can check a decision by entering the Visa Reference Number that issues to you. In order to locate your visa decision you must have your visa transaction number available, as no names will be published on the list.

To find your visa decision:

  • Click on the "Visa Decisions List" link
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  • Enter your visa transaction number in the "Find" box at the top of the visa Decisions PDF page and press either enter or return.
  • Your visa decision should then be displayed, along with either the type of visa granted or the refusal reason(s), as appropriate.

Please note that a visa transaction number will not appear on the list where a decision has not been reached and the application is currently pending.

If your application has been approved:

Please contact the Irish Mission where you made your application or the Dublin Visa Office if your application was lodged directly in Dublin.

If your application has been refused:

Please refer to the "Explanation of Reason(s) for Refusal" link at the bottom of this page.

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