Ireland Multi & single entry permission for those in Canada
Foreign nationals who travel to Ireland from Canada may need to obtain apply for an Irish Residence Permit, visa, or permanent residency. When you are coming from Canada, you may be required to obtain multiple or single entry permission to Ireland.
For help with travel advice, visa application, residency, or pre-clearance, contact Total Law for assistance. Call +1 844 290 6312 or use the online contact form to get in touch regarding your permanent residency in Ireland.
- What are the Multiple Entry visa and Single Visa/Permit?
- What is the eligibility requirement for a Single-Entry visa/permit?
- What is the eligibility requirement for Multiple-entry Visa permits?
- What is the application process for single entry visas and multiple entry visas?
- What is the visa fee for single/multi-entry visas?
- What is the processing time for a single/valid multi-entry visa?
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Multiple Entry visa and Single Visa/Permit?
When it comes to an Irish visa, a single entry visa permits an applicant to enter Ireland one time. Then, there’s a multiple entry visa which permits you the chance for a re-entry visa to enter Ireland multiple times.
Whether you opt for a single entry or multiple entry visa depends on what you do in Ireland.
For example, a valid multiple-entry visa or a re-entry visa is helpful for Canadians who regularly travel to Ireland and wish to have re-entry to Ireland. Multi-entry visas are also great for applicants who travel to Ireland frequently for business. With a multi-entry visa, one can travel in and out of Ireland without needing a new immigration allowance.
That being said, it is possible for there to be limits to the number of times you can have re-entry to Ireland, even with a multi-entry visa permit. The limitations will be stamped easily on your paperwork if it is true for you.
Single entry visa permits are best for people who are on visitor visas to enter Ireland and don’t mind reentry.
What is the eligibility requirement for a Single-Entry visa/permit?
The majority of single-entry permit applicants are people who hold a specific type of valid visa, such as a Short Stay Visa, for those who enter Ireland for short-term work, tourism, visit family, or any other reason that does not require leaving Ireland to re-enter during the duration of their visa.
Those who need a Long Stay D visa, such as those who enter Ireland for work, study, or join family, will likely travel in or out of Ireland during their visa’s validity. Nevertheless, long-stay D visa holders can obtain a valid Irish Residence Permit card (IRP), which makes them lawful residents and permits them to travel in and out of Ireland without requiring a multiple entry visa.
What is the eligibility requirement for Multiple-entry Visa permits?
This permits multiple re-entry chances to Ireland.
Applicants must reach multiple requirements before obtaining a multi-entry visa. It differs per visa, for example Short Stay Business Visa holders are allowed to get a multi-entry visa that permits up to five years, so long they have a reputable, active business in Ireland and a good visa record.
Applicants with limited visa records may still qualify for a Multiple Entry Visa, although for a lesser period.
Note that Short Stay Visa holders with multiple entry permits expire once the visa expires, which is usually after 90 days.
Also, if you have a long-stay visa and have not obtained an IRP, you will need to apply for a re-entry visa if you have a single-entry visa and it expires while you are outside Ireland..
The requirements for a multiple entry visa are as follows:
- You must have a previous visa from Ireland
- You must have entered Ireland a minimum of 3 times in the past year (12 months)
- Your time in Ireland must be for short visits
- Your purpose requires that you travel to Ireland, travel to another country, and return to Ireland
- You have to travel through Ireland to and from countries ( transit visa)
- Meet the travel history requirement, which is to ensure people are not taking advantage of multiple entrances, embassy officers will research all of your previous visas, stamps, and applicant’s travel history to ensure that you do not break any immigration rules during your previous travels.
In the case that you’re married or in a civil partnership with an Irish national and you obtain a spouse visa, the application process for a multiple entry permit is significantly easier.
What is the application process for single entry visas and multiple entry visas?
Applications for multiple or single-entry visa permits are given after applicants complete their relevant visa application, as your visa will not be useful if you don’t acquire an entry permit first.
Applications are done from your home country, in this case, Canada, which are done via the AVATS system portal. When you apply for a visa, the AVATS portal will ask you to submit all the documents, which have to be submitted within a 30 days limit, depending on your visa type.
Depending on your visa type, your supporting document will range ever so slightly. In general, however, you will require your valid visa, a birth certificate, travel document, proof of financial situation, marriage/civil partnership certificate, and employment paperwork.
As they work as a unit, you must get an approved visa first, and then you’ll get your approval to enter (and whether it is single or multiple entries). After travelling and entering Ireland, you will need to show the immigration officer your paperwork at the border or port of entry, and they will stamp your passport.
What is the visa fee for single/multi-entry visas?
The applicable visa fees are as follows:
- Single journey visas are €60 or $81.51 Canadian Dollars
- Multi-entry visas are €100 or $135.84 Canadian Dollars
- Transit visas are €25 or $33.96 Canadian Dollars
What is the processing time for a single/valid multi-entry visa?
In general, you can expect your short-stay visas to take two-three weeks to process. We always recommend that clients apply for their visa eight weeks before their intended travel date.
Other visas, including work and employment visas, can take one week to process, but other ‘D’ visas can take up to six months.
How Can Total Law Help?
The immigration process is often a complicated and stressful process. To avoid any trouble and to increase your chance of success in obtaining a visa, we suggest you work with our team at Total Law!
Total Law is a group of professional immigration lawyers who are dedicated to supporting people just like you. We will help ensure you do not encounter delays and added stress by preparing and submitting a high-quality application on your behalf.
We are happy to answer any of your questions seven days a week, either via a phone call (+1 844 290 6312) or by using our website’s live chat. We look forward to working with you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you wish to visit Northern Ireland, you will require a new visa that is issued by the United Kingdom. If you are travelling to Ireland and you intend to go to Northern Ireland, you must obtain a multiple entry Irish visa and different UK visas as permission.
In the instance that your Irish visa application is denied, you will receive a detailed letter or email from the Irish immigration garda national immigration bureau authorities stating the reason that your visa was denied.
The good news is that if your application was refused, you have the opportunity to appeal the visa decision within two months from the date of your letter of refusal. You can only submit an appeal once per visa application refusal, and appeals do not have any additional visa fee. At Total Law, we are fluent in appeals, and this is a service that we can support you with.
Applications may be submitted no more than three months before the intended start date.
If your application for the multiple entry permit to Ireland is successful, you will hold the right to leave and re-enter Ireland multiple times for as long as your Ireland visa is valid.
Technically, there is no limit as to how many times you can leave and come back to Ireland if you hold the multiple entry Irish visa.
Technically, no, it doesn’t guarantee any entry. Rather, the Ireland Visa is a travel authorization which permits you to travel to Ireland and across the border.
However, the final decision of entering Ireland is ultimately the decision of the customs authorities to allow entry to a visitor after procedure checking upon arrival. They will check all of your documents to ensure everything is in order and eligible for entrance into the country. It is advised to travel with your documents in your carry-on bags so that there are no delays or issues.