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In Pakistan

Gerry’s International manages visa application centres for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in Pakistan where you submit the documentation relating to your visa application and biometric information. Please see the visa application centre page for details of the centre nearest to you. We strongly recommend you read the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy prior to submitting your application.

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.

Important information icon
  • The three Irish VACs in Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi), will reopen on Monday, 27 July 2020.
  • Only long-stay visas ('D' categories) will be processed initially. Short-stay Visas ('C' categories) will not be processed due to ongoing restrictions in Ireland.
  • If you were unable to travel back to Ireland during the Covid-19 outbreak, and your IRP card expired during this period, please contact our office before making your visa application so that we can advise you about the procedure.
  • Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed by the Visa Office until further notice.
  • Those travelling will be expected to serve a 14 day period of self-isolation upon arrival to Ireland.
  • 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:

    1. They do not complete this form;
    2. If they provide false or misleading information; or
    3. If they fail to provide an update of any information should they move to a different location within the 14-day self-isolation period.

    Priority/Emergency Cases Certain Priority/Emergency Short Stay cases will continue to be processed:

    • Emergency visa (e.g. Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals);
    • Immediate family members of Irish citizens*;
    • Persons legally resident in the State;
    • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
    • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
    • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions.

    (*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:

    1. Limited number of customers will be allowed inside the Visa Application Center at a time.
    2. No Walk-ins will be allowed. Only customers with an appointment will be allowed in the Visa Application Center, Any customer who are more than 10 minutes late or early of their scheduled appointment time will not be allowed to enter the Visa Application Center and will have to book another appointment.
    3. Only customers submitting applications can enter the Visa Application Center, No accompanying family members are allowed to enter.
    4. Social distancing measures must be followed at all times when inside the Visa Application Center.
    5. The following precautionary measures will be in place at this Centre In line with guidelines of the World Health Organisation and local authorities, our employees at this Centre are maintaining various preventive measures such as disinfecting high-contact surfaces, body temperature screenings, use of hand sanitizers, regular hand-washing, and social distancing practices.
  • Temporary closure of VFS’ Visa Application Centers for Ireland
  • From 23 March 2020 The Consulate of Ireland will not accept any visa applications therefore the VACs in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore will not be accepting any applications for Irish visas.
  • “The re-opening of the centres will be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities, as well as Irish authorities, so please return to this page for further updates.”
  • “For further information you may visit the website of the Irish Immigration Service or the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Turkey
  • 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, 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.

  • Please check this page for updates before making your appointment.

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