Step 2 Before you decide to apply for a visa please make sure you familiarize yourself with the information on the visa subclass you are applying for. Quick links to information on visa categories and other helpful information including Visa Fee, VFS Service Charge and Processing Time can be found on the Visa Wizard page on this website.
Step 3 Applicants should fill the Visa Application Form corresponding to the visa subclass under which they wish to lodge their application. Applicants can get the visa application form by visiting the nearest Ireland Visa Application Centre or by downloading the forms from Applications and Forms.
The operation of these VACs will continue to be carefully monitored by a range of stakeholders including VFS, Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) in Ireland and will be guided by public health advice set by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and World Health Organisation (WHO).
The VACs will only allow long-stay applications to be made ('D' categories – further info below) at this time. No tourism or short-stay visas ('C' categories) will be processed due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland. Please be assured that we fully intend to resume our full range of visa services just as soon as public health concerns have been abated in line with Irish Government policy.
Applicants should be aware
By law, those travelling to Ireland will be required to fill out a form called the 'Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form'. This form (which should be completed before you travel) may be used by Irish health authorities to contact you to verify your location in Ireland. It will also help contact tracers to contact you if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus on your flight.
Applicants should also be aware that people can face a fine of up to €2,500 or six months in prison, or both, if:
Priority/Emergency Cases Certain Priority/Emergency Short Stay cases will continue to be processed:
(*Please note that where an applicant and Irish national have been living abroad, and Ireland is not their habitual residence, these cases will be processed in the normal manner. Exceptions will be made in cases where an Irish national is returning to provide medical/health services, or family members are being repatriated as part of a consular arrangement.)
Further information For information on long-stay ('D'-category) visas Please note that as part of the response to COVID-19, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay and all local registration offices are currently closed and will be until further notice. You should check the INIS website for updates on when the offices will reopen and then make an appointment to register as normal.)
A 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection in Ireland has also been published and can be found here.
Your safety is our priority. As part of precautionary measures, customers visiting our Visa Application Centres will be subjected to body temperature checks to assess their health conditions and required to wear a face mask and gloves. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius), cough and difficulty breathing will be allowed to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.
Apart from the safety procedures conducted, please note that:
Effective from 13 March 2020 the Ireland Ministry has introduced mandatory courier returns to limit the spread of COVID-19 outbreak and also contribute to other measures we have already put in place to protect our staff and customers. The measure is valid for a temporary period, until the risk of Covid-19 has significantly reduced.
As a precautionary measure and in order to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus/ Covid-19, all applicants visiting the Visa Application Center are required to have their body temperature checked at the entrance. Those who have a fever will be asked to leave and return another day when their health improves.
Mirpur Visa Application Centre closed until further notice
Unfortunately, due to the earthquake near Mirpur, Pakistan, customers are advised that the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Mirpur will remain closed until further notice.
If you have an appointment for the coming days, please email infoIreland@gerrys.com.pk, and they will help you reschedule or arrange an alternative location to visit.
If you are booking a new appointment, please select one of the other Pakistan Visa Application Centres, in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi. Operations at these Visa Application Centres continue as normal.
If you are due to collect your passport from the Mirpur Visa Application Centre, one of our team will contact you shortly to discuss arrangements for this, and in the meantime, anyone with an urgent query can contact us on: 0092-51-8840049 between 08:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday.
We will post further updates here, as soon as they become available.
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