- What is the Tourist Visa?
- Who is eligible for an Ireland tourist visa?
- What is the visa application for the Irish short-stay visa?
- What is the required documentation for the tourist Irish visa?
- What is the tourist visa application fee?
- What are the processing times for the visa?
- How can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Irish Tourist Visa?
The Irish tourist visa allows foreign nationals from visa-required countries to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days. Unless there are very exceptional circumstances, you can’t extend the tourist visa, and you are required to leave Ireland within 90 days.
The tourist visa does not allow you to do any work in Ireland (whether it is paid or unpaid), and you will also not be able to use any public services when you visit Ireland.
As a Canadian citizen, you are visa-free for Ireland and can visit without obtaining an Irish tourist visa. This will enable you to do visa-free travel and stay in the country for up to 90 days. However, they may need to get preclearance.
However, Canadian residents who are not from visa-free countries must make an application to the Irish embassy or consulate or online for a tourist visa.
Who is eligible for an Ireland tourist visa?
Your eligibility to visit Ireland as a tourist may vary. However, the following criteria should be met for a short-stay visa for tourist purposes:
- You must hold a valid passport with at least six months of validity and any previous passports
- You must demonstrate that you can financially support yourself for the length of your stay in Ireland and will not become a financial burden on the state.
- You will need to provide a detailed bank statement, which covers a period of six months before you apply for a visa, showing that you have sufficient funds
- You must be able to provide details of any previous applications you have made for an Irish visa
What is the visa application for the Irish short-stay Tourist visa?
To visit Ireland, the Irish tourist visa is an online application and must be completed from the country you live or legally reside in, in this case, Canada.
There are a number of steps to visa applications. First, you must complete all sections of the tourist visa application form. Then, you must sign the application form yourself (unless the visa application is for a child under 18, in which case the parent can sign).
In the application form, you must include all the details of any family members currently living in Ireland or a country within the European Union or the European Economic Area.
Following that, the applicants must pay the visa fee, compile all the required documents and prepare the documents to send, including the online application summary sheet, to the specific application office shown on the application summary sheets. Plenty of applications go to the Dublin visa office for your information.
What is the required documentation for the tourist Irish visa?
As part of the tourist visa requirements, you will need to provide a number of documents. The list of documents may vary depending on your particular circumstances.
The following documents must be provided with all tourist visa applications:
- Application summary sheet.
- Information detailing the reason for your visit to Ireland.
- Your passport and, if possible, a photocopy of each page from previous passports.
- Two passport-sized color photographs with your signature and Visa Application Tracking Number on the back of both of them.
- A letter provided by a reference in Ireland inviting you to come to Ireland and the relationship you have with your reference. If the reference is not an Irish citizen, you must be able to provide evidence of their permission to remain in Ireland.
- Document showing the details of your accommodation booking (if applicable).
- Written confirmation from you and your reference starting you not will break any visa conditions, will not become a burden to Ireland, and will leave within 90 days.
- Evidence showing that you are obliged to return to your home country. This could be a letter from your employer or from a college.
It is important to provide the immigration officer at the Irish embassy with original documentation. Any letters from companies and educational establishments must be on an official headed paper. You must not submit any false or misleading information.
Further, all documents must be translated into English or Irish if they are not already in English or Irish.
What is the tourist visa application fee?
The current visa fees for tourist visa applications are:
- €60 ($81.06 Canadian Dollars) for a single-journey visa.
- €100 ($135.11 Canadian Dollars) for a multiple-journey visa.
Applicants are also responsible for any other costs, including traveling, acquiring documents, and more.
What are the processing times for the visa?
While the time frame ranges, it normally takes around 8 weeks to receive a decision on your application.
However, when your visa is approved, you must still request permission to enter Ireland by reporting to an Immigration Officer at border control. The length of time you will be allowed to stay in Ireland is determined by the Immigration Officer at the border but will never exceed a maximum of 90 days.
This means that even if your visa application was approved while in Canada and your visa was issued at the border control, you are still not guaranteed entry into Ireland.
At border control, show the immigration officer your paperwork, including your passport, valid visa, and all other relevant documents. It’s wise to pack supporting documentation in your carry-on so everything is organized.
The immigration officer will make a decision based on the information and additional documents you provide. If they are okay with your information, you will be given official permission to enter, and your passport will be stamped.
Working with a team of certified immigration professionals will help you in getting your exciting tourist visa to visit Ireland. We will determine the entry visa you require, either a multiple entry visa or a single entry visa, or if you need to obtain preclearance. Not only do we strive to make the process easy and stress-free, but we support you in the chances of actually obtaining an Irish visa from the Irish embassy.
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No. The tourist visa permits holders to stay in Ireland for up to 90 days and usually can not be extended unless there are exceptional circumstances.
No, in almost every circumstance, it is not possible to extend the Irish tourist permit. However, in certain extreme circumstances, such as sickness of the tourist, or other humanitarian reasons, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service may allow you an extension. In all other cases, you must leave Ireland and go home to Canada.
There is not. Being a short-term ‘C’ category, there are no medical tests mandatory for the Irish tourist permit. However, a medical test may be required for the long-term categories. Regardless, it is recommended that you get a certificate stating that you are in good and solid health before leaving Canada.
Due to the fact it can take up to 8 weeks to get an approved tourist permit, we strongly advise that you apply for the permit well in advance, considering all the factors. However, you are not allowed to apply more than 3 months prior to the date of intended travel.
The Irish Tourist Visa is a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa, which means that the Canadian holder may stay in the country of Ireland for up to 90 days (3 months). When applying for the Tourist Visa, applicants can indicate whether they want to obtain a single entry or a multiple entry permit, but the latter is granted only in exceptional circumstances.
It is not possible to extend the Irish Tourist Visa. If you want to visit Ireland to stay there for more than 90 days, you have to apply for a separate Irish visa by way of the Long Stay ‘D’ Visas.
There is no fixed financial amount required for you to be able to apply for a tourist visa. However, you must be able to prove that you have enough funds to cover the entire duration of your time and stay in Ireland. You must have a steady income, and if there’s any unusual or sudden change in money, you will likely be required to provide a letter explaining all the reasons.