- What Is A Short Stay ‘C’ Visa?
- Do You Need A Visa To Visit Ireland?
- Types of Short Stay ‘C’ Visas
- Eligibility For Irish Short Stay ‘C’ Visas
- Required Documents For an Irish Short Stay ‘C’ Visa
- How To Apply For A Short Stay ‘C’ Visa
- Costs and Fees
- Processing Times
- How Can Total Law Help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Short Stay ‘C’ Visa?
If you plan to travel to Ireland from another visa-requiring country for a short-term visit, you will need to apply for an Irish visa. Short Stay ‘C’ Visa is a type of short-stay visa that will allow foreign nationals to visit Ireland for a maximum of 90 days.
The specific visa you will need to obtain depends on your reason for travel. The visa holder will be able to do specified activities while in Ireland for the duration of the visa including studying or attending a course, visiting the country as a tourist, or attending business meetings.
Under the Short Stay ‘C’ Visa you will not be permitted to do paid or unpaid work or use publicly funded services in Ireland such as public hospitals. If you intend to visit Ireland for paid or unpaid work you will need to apply for an employment visa.
Do You Need A Visa To Visit Ireland?
Citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Ireland, nor do they need to register when they arrive in the country. The European Single Market allows for free movement of people within designated areas including Ireland.
In addition, some other countries also do not require a visa to enter Ireland if the length of travel is less than 90 days, although they do require that you register for permission to enter the country. Several countries are visa-required; so, if you are a visa-required national, you must apply for an Irish visa before travelling to Ireland.
Eligibility For Irish Short Stay ‘C’ Visas
There are several visa requirements you must meet to be eligible for a Short Stay ‘C’ Visa. The specific requirements can vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for and your reason for travel. Generally, the eligibility requirements across all short-stay visa categories include:
- Applicant must intend to return to their home country or another country following the valid time of the short-stay visa, and be able to provide evidence of their return or departing trip
- Applicants must be able to financially support themselves during their time in Ireland and will not rely on public funds
- The applicant does not have the intent to enter the UK from Ireland without a UK visa
- The applicant possesses good moral standing and character
- The applicant does not have a history of violating past visa terms or immigration laws and is not banned from applying for an Irish visa
- The applicant does not intend to do paid or unpaid work while in Ireland on the short-stay visa
Required Documents For an Irish Short Stay ‘C’ Visa
When you apply for an Irish short stay ‘C’ visa you will be required to provide sufficient evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria as a part of your visa application package. Required supporting documents will vary depending on the category you’re applying under, but generally include the following:
- Visa application form confirmation page
- An explanation of your reason for travel
- An itinerary including the dates you plan to enter Ireland and leave Ireland
- A current and valid passport
- Copies of previous visas and passports if applicable
- Two standard passport-sized photos
- Documents to support your financial stability
- Evidence of your accommodation while in Ireland
- Documents relating to medical treatment if applicable
All the required documentation which is not originally in the English language must have certified translated copies made and submitted as part of your documentation package. Letters from companies, universities, colleges, or professional courses must be on an official headed paper.
How To Apply For A Short Stay ‘C’ Visa
First, you will need to determine which category of short-stay visa you will be applying under. Review the documentation as it may take you a while to gather all of the necessary items to submit. You can do the visa application online using the AVATS system.
The online application form will ask you to provide information on your background and reason for travel. It is important to fill this out thoroughly and accurately as false or misleading information can lead to your visa being denied. If you are found to have deliberately provided misleading information in your application, you may be banned from applying for an Irish visa for up to five years.
Once you complete your application you will need to pay the visa fee and submit your documentation package along with your passport within 30 days. A visa officer will review your documents and application and contact you should they need further information.
Once your application is approved, your Irish visa will be stamped in your passport or travel document, and you will be able to travel to Ireland. At border control, an Irish immigration officer will review your documents and if there is no contraindication they will approve you to enter the country and stamp your passport with a landing stamp.
It is recommended that you complete your visa application process about three months before your planned date of travel to allow for any delays in processing.
Costs and Fees
The visa application fee for the short stay ‘C’ visa depends on the entry type you apply for. The visa fees are as follows:
- €60 for a single entry visa
- €100 for a multiple entry visa
Note that you may incur additional costs in the application process such as obtaining documentation or certified translations.
While there is no exact processing time given for the short-stay visa, visa decisions are typically made within eight weeks of your application being received. Thoroughly completing your application and providing all necessary documents will ensure that your application is processed in the most efficient time possible.
Both the original documents and passport will be returned to you by mail following the processing of your application, or you can also arrange to pick them up at the Irish embassy, Dublin visa office, or another visa office, depending on your location.
With Total Law, visa applications can be completed by one of our professional immigration lawyers, ensuring your documentation is put together with the best chance of approval.
Your Total Law advisor will provide you with all the necessary advice to proceed with your short stay ‘C’ visa application. For further information, contact us today at (+353) 061 518 025 or use our online contact form to get in touch with our team of qualified immigration lawyers.
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Short stay visas generally cannot be extended in Ireland except in the event of highly unusual circumstances. To stay in the country for longer than ninety days, you must apply for a separate visa intended for long stays. While you apply for a new visa you may need to leave the country while you wait for it to be approved. Do not overstay the terms of your short-stay visa as this could negatively affect your chances at obtaining future visas, both to Ireland and elsewhere.
Visa refusals are typically due to false or misleading information, incomplete visa applications, or incomplete supporting documents. Immigration officers will be looking to see that your documentation properly supports your reason for visiting Ireland and that you meet all eligibility requirements for the visa. If your visa has been denied, you may be able to appeal the decision or apply again. Contact Total Law for assistance by using the online contact form or call (+353) 061 518 025 to get in touch with our team of qualified immigration lawyers.
Typically you will require a separate Irish visa, such as a transit visa. However, if you plan to leave the port of travel at any point in your journey, then you will need a Short Stay Visa.