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Friday, 9 October 2015

Applying for Ireland Visa in Nigeria, Ghana, Chad and Senegal (DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW)

Ireland Visa Application
The Embassy Visa Office processes applications from residents of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. 

Applications are not submitted directly to the Embassy. Applicants apply online [HERE] and then submit the filled application form, supporting documentation, photos, fee and passport to the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) offices in Abuja, Lagos or Accra. [Address of Ireland Visa Application Centres HERE].


Visa Types

Short stay visas
  • Visit visa (tourist visa for a visit of 90 days or less)
  • Visit visa (spouse/partner of an EU national)
  • Visit visa (child of an EU national/child of spouse of EU national)
  • Business visa
  • Conference visa
  • Exam/interview visa
  • Performance visa

Long stay visas
  • Employment visa
  • Join spouse (work permit)
  • Student visa
  • Starting a business in Ireland - please note that you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice & Equality prior to applying for your visa


Visa Fees

For applications submitted in Nigeria and Ghana through the VFS offices, visa fees are payable in the local currency equivalent of €60 euro for a single entry visa or €100 euro for a multi-entry visa.

In the case of applications sent by courier from Senegal, the fees should be paid by a euro bank draft made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Visa fees are non-refundable. VFS charges its own visa processing fee in addition to the amounts indicated above.

Visa Fees Excemption
  • Holders of diplomatic, service and official passports
  • Programme refugees (within the meaning of the Refugee Act 1999)
  • Visa-required spouses and family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals) and also beneficiaries of Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).
  • Applicants from: Bosnia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Morocco, Peru, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.


How to Apply

Step 1
Complete the online visa application form and take a print out of the completed form, and also fill up the additional questionnaire.

It is mandatory to submit a fully filled questionnaire with every application.

Step 2
Visit the Visa Application Centre. [Address of Ireland Visa Application Centres HERE]

Step 3
Pay your visa application fee, services fee and bank fee at the bank teller counter at the Visa Application Centres.

Step 4
Submit your application form with supporting documents & photocopies of the same and have your fingerprints taken (all applicants aged 6 years and over)



Submitting your visa application in Nigeria

Resident of Nigeria can submit their applications at the VFS offices in Abuja or Lagos. Applicants must attend in person.

Fingerprints will be taken at the VFS office for all applicants aged 6 years and over. The child's parent or guardian should be present when the child's fingerprints are taken. 

VFS forwards application to the Embassy Visa Office which will process and issue visas, as appropriate. Application decisions and original documentation will be returned directly to the applicants by the Embassy; therefore applicants are requested to submit a prepaid envelope along with their application. These are available at the VFS offices.


Applications from residents of Ghana, Chad and Senegal

If you live in Ghana, gather your supporting documentation and submit these, along with your passport, photographs, fees and signed online application summary to the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) offices in Accra.

If you live in Senegal you may also apply at the VFS office in Accra or courier your application directly to Abuja.

Applicants residing in Ghana
After completing the online application, residents of Ghana should submit their application, fees, photos and supporting documents to:
Ireland Visa Application Centre, VFS,
Plot 29, 9 Kakramadu Road (next to the Goethe Institute), Cantonments, Accra.
The VFS offices in Accra is open from 8am to 2pm Monday to Friday. For queries contact +233 302 768417/+233 302 769018 or email VFS.

Applicants residing in Senegal
After completing your online application, you can either lodge the application at the VFS office in Accra (Ghana), or send the application directly to Abuja (Nigeria) by courier or post.

It is strongly recommend that you use a courier service as your passports and original documentation may be more secure and delivery can be tracked. Ensure that you include a pre-paid courier or postal envelope so that your passport and original documentation can be returned to you along with the visa decision. Visa fees are payable in a Euro bank draft made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The bank draft should be included with your application. The Embassy is not responsible for material lost by post or courier.



Documentation

All documentation submitted in support of your visa application must be original and verifiable (e.g. employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct details on each document). The Embassy requires a complete set of photocopies of all documents submitted with your application. This includes a full copy of pages of your passport (pages 1-32).

Original documents should be separated from photocopies. Photocopies should be clearly legible. Please note this requirement carefully to ensure that your application is not rejected.

Ensure that bank statements are easy to read and not contained in envelopes or folders. The Embassy does not accept any microfinance statements, mortgage statements or statements from thrift and savings societies.

All supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be in English. If original documents are not in English they must be accompanied by a notarised translation. Failure to translate your documents into English may result in your visa application being refused. If the Visa Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.

If necessary, additional documentation/information may be requested by the Visa Officer. The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration. Incomplete applications may be refused.


Prior visa refusals
If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. You should include a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of the country which refused your visa. If this letter is not in English, a notarised translation must be provided.

Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused and may result in a 5-year visa ban. Any future applications may also be refused.


Fraud
The Embassy applies a zero tolerance policy with respect to fraudulent applications. An application containing a deception such as a forged document, a document containing false information or information withheld from an application (such as a previous visa refusal) may result in your application being refused without the prospect of appeal. If the application was submitted as part of a group, all applications in that group maybe refused without appeal. Where applications are rejected on the grounds of a deception, a 5-year ban may also be applied.


Notification
You will be notified by the Embassy as soon as a decision has been taken on your application.


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