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Ireland Visa from USA

US citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland; however, for stays of over 90 days, they must register for an Irish Residence Permit shortly after arriving.

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    Do I Need A Visa to Go to Ireland from USA

    US citizens do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling to Ireland for any length of time, as long as you have a valid passport and apply for an Irish Residence Permit if you are staying for longer than 90 days.

    However, if you are traveling from the USA and are not a citizen of the USA, UK, EU, EEA or otherwise exempt, you will need to apply for a visa to travel to Ireland.

    While you do not need a visa as a US citizen to enter Ireland, you may need to apply for preclearance if you are going to Ireland for certain reasons. These reasons include if you are planning to volunteer, act as minister of religion, or are going as the de facto partner of an Irish citizen or Critical Skills Employment Permit or Hosting Agreement holder, or as a family member of a UK citizen.

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    Visas for Ireland From the USA

    Short Stay ‘C’ Visa

    If you are not exempt from a Short Stay visa and wish to go to Ireland for less than three months, you can apply for a Short Stay ‘C’ visa. This visa covers general vacations, visiting family or friends, business meetings, short term study courses, getting married, and receiving medical treatment.

    This visa does not allow you to do any paid or unpaid work or use any public services, such as accessing public healthcare or welfare benefits.

    The Short Stay ‘C’ visa is only valid for up to three months and you must leave Ireland and apply for another visa if you want to stay for longer. In limited circumstances, you may be able to apply for a multiple entry visa.

    Long Stay ‘D’ Visa

    Visa-required nationals traveling to Ireland to stay for more than three months will need a Long Stay ‘D’ visa, which allows you to study, work, or settle permanently with family members in Ireland. You may also be able to live in Ireland long term if you make an investment in Ireland or would like to retire, provided you meet specific eligibility conditions.

    If you are approved for a Long Stay ‘D’ visa, you will need to register and receive an Irish Residence Permit shortly after you arrive.

    There are several different Long Stay visas, each of which have different requirements depending on your intentions while in the country:

    • Study visa: To study in an approved full-time program you have been enrolled in.
    • Join Family visa: To join a spouse, partner or other family member who is an Irish citizen or non-Irish citizen with permission to live in Ireland.
    • Employment visa: To work in Ireland after acquiring an employment permit from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

    How to Apply for Ireland Visa From the USA

    You must apply for your visa to Ireland from the USA at least three months before you plan to travel; the process will include applying for your visa online, paying the application fee, and posting your passport and supporting documents.

    Your visa application is completed on the online AVATS system. Once you have submitted the application, the webpage following your submission will include your visa application transaction reference number and the application summary form; you must sign and print your name, including the date, on your application summary form and post it to your nearest application office.

    If you are applying from the USA, your application office will be an Irish Embassy or Consulate across the USA, which are situated in numerous locations such as Washington Austin, New York, or Miami.

    Residents of the USA are not required to provide biometric information such as fingerprints and a photograph; however, if you are a resident from China, Hong Kong, India, Nigeria or Pakistan applying and traveling from the USA, you must provide your biometrics at an Irish visa application center. In some cases, you may have to attend an interview with an immigration officer as part of your visa application.

    Required Documentation

    Within 30 days of submitting your application, you must post your supporting documents to your Irish Embassy or Consulate. These documents must be the originals and cannot be photocopies or digital versions.

    These documents must be in English or Irish, and any documents that are in another language must be translated by a certified translator into English or Irish, and you must send both the original and the certified translations.

    You must send:

    • Your current passport, which will be valid for six months after you leave Ireland (in the case of a Short Stay ‘C’ visa), and photocopies of all pages from previous passports.
    • Two copies of your passport photograph, which have your name and visa application number written on the back.
    • Your signed, printed and dated application summary form.
    • An application letter explaining why you want to come to Ireland, including your arrival and departure date, the addresses of where you are staying, and who is paying for your stay. Additional information must be included in your letter if you are staying with friends or family.
    • Proof that you have medical or travel insurance may not be needed at the application stage, but you will need to provide evidence of insurance when you go through border control at the airport in Ireland.
    • Proof that you have paid your visa fee.
    • An up-to-date bank statement showing you have enough money to support yourself while in Ireland. There is no minimum amount required for a visa application, and the visa officer who assesses your application will decide if you have enough based on your circumstances.
    • All information about any previously refused visas or preclearance for any country, including the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country.

    Passports and marriage, birth and death certificates will be returned to you once you receive a decision, but if you want any other documents returned, you must include a list of documents you would like to send back and photocopies (as well as the originals) for the visa office to keep.

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      Supporting Documentation for the Short Stay Visa

      If you are applying for the Short Stay ‘C’ visa, there are several additional documents that must be sent to explain your short-term plans and give evidence that you are planning to return to the USA within three months of your arrival.

      • If you are staying with friends or family in Ireland, a signed and dated invitation letter inviting you to stay with them, including the dates of your stay and a description of how they know you. Their letter must include a clear color photocopy of the picture page of their National Identity Card or passport photo page.
      • A written description of your vacation plan, including details of where you will stay and printed reservation confirmation of any hotels, hostels, Airbnbs, etc., which must include the dates of stay.
      • A written description of your study plan, such as the address, telephone number, or email of the school or college you are studying, details of your accommodation, and confirmation that you have a place on the course.
      • Details of your obligations to return home, which may include three recent paychecks and a letter from your employer, a letter from your college detailing your course and how long you’re studying, or birth certificates or details of family members living in the USA.

      Supporting Documentation for the Long Stay Visa

      Overview

      Visa applicants must also submit different documents to support your application if it is for a Long Stay visa. These documents will vary depending on what type of visa is applicable to your circumstances.

      The activities you will be allowed to carry out will depend on the permission granted to you by the Irish immigration authorities; immediate family members or Irish citizens may be granted permission to work or start a business without an employment permit, whereas immediate family members of non-EEA or non-immediate family of Irish citizens may be granted dependent status only.

      Work Visa

      The Long Stay Work visa comprises the Employment visa, Employment (Scientific Researcher) visa, Employment (Van der Elst) visa, and Atypical Working scheme, and will have different requirements depending on which you apply for.

      Critically, the Long Stay Work visa does not allow you to take up any form of employment other than the one you have been approved for.

      For this visa, you will need to provide:

      • An employment permit from the Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
      • A contract of employment or letter from your employer in Ireland outlining the details of your new job, your salary, and details of your accommodation (if supplied by your employer).
      • Evidence of your qualifications and previous work experience, such as three recent payslips, a letter from your current employer, or professional certificates.

      Study Visa

      For a Long Term Study visa, you must provide an acceptance letter from your school, high school or college in Ireland to show you are enrolled in a full-time program listed on the Irish Interim List of Eligible Programmes, as well as:

      • Academic records in your course, including past certificates and qualifications.
      • Evidence that your course is more than 15 hours of study per week.
      • Proof of your English Language level.
      • Receipt of payment for your tuition fees.
      • Evidence of at least €10,000 to pay for yourself for each year of your course, although only €10,000 must be immediately accessible for your first year and then readily accessible each year thereafter.

      Join Family Visa

      US citizens who want to join family in Ireland for more than three months will have to apply for a visa; there are several visa options that depend on the nationality of your family member in Ireland. Options include joining an Irish citizen, UK national, EEA or Swiss national, non-EEA or non-Swiss national lawfully residing in Ireland, an internationally protected person, or Afghan national.

      Each option will require different evidence to support your application, but generally, you must provide:

      • Details of your ‘sponsor’, the family member, which may include a copy of their passport, citizenship certificate, or other immigration status documents.
      • Evidence of your relationship with the person in Ireland, such as birth, adoption, or marriage certificates, and proof of correspondence, including face-to-face meetings.
      • Your and your sponsor’s finances to show that you meet the minimum entry requirements, for example, your or your sponsor’s bank statements from the last six months or payslips.
      • Proof of your dependence on your family member, if relevant, which may be documentation of financial support, details of your medical conditions, or evidence of why you are unable to work.

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        Ireland Visa Processing Time

        Typically, after posting your passport and documents, it can take approximately eight weeks to receive a decision. Your visa will be added to your passport and posted back to you. In some cases, for example, during busy periods or if your visa application or supporting documents are not correct, this processing time may be longer.

        Ireland Visa Fees

        Currently, the general entry visa fees for the Short and Long Stay visa are €60 for a single entry and €100 for a multiple entry visa.

        There are also preclearance fees and consular fees to consider for the Long Stay ‘D’ visas, which depend on the category of Long Stay visa you apply for.

        How Can Total Law Help You?

        It can be challenging to decide which visa is appropriate for your circumstances and often difficult to ascertain exactly what is required on government websites. Submitting visa applications that are missing information or incorrect can result in delayed decisions or even rejected applications, which can lead to additional costs through lost visa fees.

        Total Law is a team of expert lawyers offering a range of affordable services to support you with your visa application and queries. Whether you are simply looking for some advice on your visa application, or are looking for an expert to complete your visa application on your behalf, we aim to maximize your chances of receiving a positive decision.

        To speak to an immigration lawyer and hear further information on how Total Law can help you, call us today on +1 844 290 6312 or contact us online.

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                  You can only extend your stay in Ireland in rare and exceptional circumstances or in an emergency. You must apply while you are in Ireland before your existing visa expires.

                  Some applicants are exempt from paying visa fees. This includes nationals of certain countries, such as Bosnia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, and Indonesia; spouses or children of Irish citizens; qualifying family members of the EU/EEA/Switzerland; holders of diplomatic, service or official passports; and program refugees.

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