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What is the Medical Treatment Visa?
The Medical Treatment Visa is intended for non-EEA citizens who want to come to Ireland to attend an appointment at a private hospital or to receive private medical treatment.
To be able to come to Ireland on the Medical Treatment Visa, you have to meet the following requirements:
- You cannot receive the same medical treatment or procedure in your home country
- You have an appointment scheduled at a private hospital in Ireland
- You have enough funds to pay for the treatment in Ireland.
The Medical Treatment Visa is a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa, which means that its holders can spend up to 90 days in Ireland. While you are in Ireland on the Medical Treatment Visa you cannot work or use Irish public services.
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, or a citizen of Switzerland, you can come to Ireland without an Irish visa and stay there for up to 3 months.
How can I apply for the Medical Treatment Visa?
To obtain the Medical Treatment Visa, you have to submit your Irish visa application online. You can do that using the AVATS system. In the online form, you will need to provide personal details and state what the reason for your trip to Ireland is.
After you submit the form you will need to pay the visa application fee of either €60 for a single entry visa or €100 for a multiple-entry visa. Make sure to keep the receipt as you will have to include it in your portfolio of evidence.
Then, you have to start collecting documents that prove your eligibility for the visa. If you hire one of our lawyers, they can help you make sure that you have all the documents that might be required.
Once you have a complete portfolio of evidence ready, you need to send it for processing. You can find out where to send them by checking the information on your application summary sheet displayed after you completed the online application along with your visa application transaction number.
What supporting documents do I need to submit?
As part of your Ireland visa application, you have to submit a number of documents confirming that you meet the eligibility requirements. The exact documents you need to provide vary depending on your individual circumstances but evidence that everyone needs to submit includes:
- Passport valid for at least six months past the date of your stay in Ireland
- Copies of previous passports
- Two passport size photographs in color
- Receipt for the visa fee
- Signed and dated application summary sheet
- The application letter detailing the purpose of the visit to Ireland is
- Information about the estimated cost of the trip to Ireland
- Letter from a referring hospital abroad explaining what the diagnosis and required medical procedure are
- Letter from a hospital in Ireland confirming the appointment to carry out the treatment
- Information about accommodation in Ireland
- Proof of travel and medical insurance
- Evidence showing that an applicant has enough money to support themselves during their stay in Ireland
- Proof of ties in an applicant’s home country that will make them return there after their visa expires.
You have to send all the documents over for processing within 30 days of submitting your online visa application. Documents will need to be sent to the designated visa office. This can include the Dubin Visa Office, an international visa agency, or an Irish Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. After you do that, an immigration official will review them and determine whether you meet the criteria for the Medical Treatment Visa.
Keep in mind that all the documents have to be originals and those that were issued in a language other than English have to be translated by a certified translator. If your documents do not comply with these rules, they will automatically be rejected.
What information does the referring hospital have to provide?
For you to be able to obtain the Medical Treatment Visa, the referring hospital in your home country has to write you a letter explaining the following:
- What is your medical condition and prognosis
- What medical treatment is recommended
- Why the treatment cannot be performed in your home country
- What are the contact details of the referring hospital and your doctor
- Whether the treatment is available in any other country that might be closer to where you live.
Moreover, in the letter, your doctor has to state that your health is good enough for you to travel to Ireland and come back to your home country after the procedure. They also have to confirm that they have been in touch with the hospital in Ireland and discussed the proposed procedure with them.
What is the waiting time for the Medical Treatment Visa?
The waiting time for the Medical Treatment Visa varies as applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and everyone’s circumstances are different. Generally, however, most applicants receive the decision within 8 weeks of the application office receiving all the documents.
If you fail to include some essential evidence or you make mistakes in your application, the processing will most likely take longer. To avoid that, you should hire an immigration lawyer. They can help you ensure that your application has been completed to the highest standard and that no information or documents are missing.
The processing of your application might also take longer if you are applying during busy times such as holiday periods. Similarly, if your case is complex, an immigration official might need more time to assess your situation.
If your visa application is approved, you will be able to travel to Ireland but that does not mean that you will be allowed to enter the country. When you arrive you have to present your documents to an official working at Border Control and they will decide whether to grant you official permission to enter Ireland.
How can IAS help?
At IAS, we have a team of experienced immigration lawyers who have helped many clients successfully apply for various Ireland visas, including the Medical Treatment Visa.
To be able to obtain it, you have to provide detailed information about your proposed medical treatment in Ireland. If you hire one of our lawyers, they will help you ensure that the evidence you have prepared is sufficient. They will also help you put together a complete portfolio of evidence so you can be sure that you submitted all the required documents.
Your immigration lawyer will guide you through each step of the visa application process, making it stress-free and straightforward. Thanks to their help, you can maximize the chances of your Irish visa application being approved.
Call us today at +1 844 290 6312 to find out more about how our lawyers can help.
Last modified on August 8th, 2023 at 10:17 am
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The Medical Treatment Visa belongs to the Short Stay ‘C’ Irish Visas category, which means that if your application for it is successful, you will be able to spend up to 90 days in Ireland. After this period, you have to return to your home country.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend Short Stay ‘C’ Visas to Ireland. Extensions are granted only in unforeseeable circumstances. If you would like to spend more than 90 days in Ireland, you should apply for a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa. Talk to our lawyers about the purpose of your trip to Ireland and they will help you choose the right permit.
There is no specific amount of money you need to have to apply for the Medical Treatment Visa but you have to show that you have enough to support yourself during your stay in Ireland. You also have to be able to pay for the medical treatment in Ireland in full. Your appointment has to be at a private medical hospital in Ireland, which means that the treatment will not be free.
If your child who is younger than 18 years of age needs to receive medical treatment at a private hospital in Ireland, you can submit the visa application on their behalf. Nevertheless, they still need to meet the regular eligibility requirements.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply for the Medical Treatment Visa if you do not have a referring doctor. You cannot obtain a Medical Treatment Visa if you want to get treatment in Ireland but it is not necessary. As part of the application process, your referring doctor has to explain what your condition is and why treatment at an Irish hospital is recommended.