Embassy of Ireland in the U.S

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The Embassy of Ireland USA is located on Massachusetts Avenue NW at Sheridan Circle, approx. 5 mins walk from Dupont Circle. Closest Metro Station is Dupont Circle (Red Line).

The Embassy Team
Ambassador: Anne Anderson
Deputy Head of Mission: Mr. Michael Lonergan
Agriculture Counsellor: Mr. Dale Crammond
Economic Counsellor: Mr. Alan Gibbons
Political Counsellor-EU & International Affairs: Ms. Hilary Reilly
Political Counsellor-Immigration: Mr. Brian Cahalane
Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor: Mr. Joe Gavin
Press & Information Counsellor: Ms. Siobhan Miley
Consular & Cultural Affairs Counsellor: Ms. Kate Tyrrell
Administrative Affairs Counsellor: Ms. Yvonne Gilbride

Embassy Contact Details:
Embassy of Ireland,
2234 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC 20008
Tel. + 1-202-462-3939

Embassy Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
09.00-13.00 and 14.00-16:00

Visas for Ireland
Whether you need a visa to enter Ireland depends on what country you’re from.
S.I. No 473 of 2014 groups countries into five different categories (schedules).
Please see Schedule 1, which is a list of countries that DO NOT NEED a visa. If your country is NOT listed you must apply for a visa before you travel to Ireland.

Note: A Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

How to Apply: 

Submitting your application. You need to:
1. Complete the online application form
2. Gather your supporting documentation, passport photograph and fee
3. The online application system will automatically request you to submit your documentation to: Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, 2234 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

Processing Times
The processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa type and the Office to which the application is lodged. Visa applications are considered in as speedy a manner as possible.

Timeframes for decision can be dependent on a number of factors including, the number of applications received and the resources available to process them at any one time. While the vast majority of applications are dealt with within a much shorter timeframe, it is recommended that applicants allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa. Just in case further enquiries have to be made, we advise you to apply for your visa 8 weeks before the date you plan to travel.

NOTE: The long term or permanent nature of the intended stay in Ireland, in the case of join family visa applications, means they will require more in-depth consideration than short-stay visa applications and it is recommended applicants make their applications 12 weeks prior to their proposed dates of travel.

Following the online application:
Once you have applied online, you should:
1. Refer to checklists and the Types of Visa and Documentation tab of this website to ensure that you have all of the documents required to support your application.
2. Check the Visa Fees tab to find out about the current visa fees.
3. Check the Photo Requirements page to ensure that you are providing an appropriate photo.
4. Once you have checked all of the above, submit your application to the address given by the system. The application must include:
• The online summary sheet signed by you
• One passport photograph affixed to the top left of your application form
• Current passport and any previous passports (or copies of previous passports if originals unavailable
• All required supporting documents
• The visa fee (if required)

All supporting documentation (bank statements, letters of employment/study, car/property ownership certificates, marriage certificates, birth certificates etc.) should be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation.

All documentation submitted must be original and verifiable (e.g.) employment/study details, accommodation bookings must have correct contact details on each document. If this Office is unable to verify the information supplied this may result in your visa being refused.
The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your application is fully complete before submitting it for consideration.
You should note that if you submit an incomplete application, it may result in your application being refused.

If you have been refused a visa for any country, details of this must be given. Submit a copy of the letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, including a notarized translation if not in English. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused.

Please note that if you provide false, fraudulent or misleading information or documentation, your application will be refused. You may also lose the right to appeal the decision. Any future applications made by you may also be refused.

If deemed necessary, additional documentation / information may be requested by the Deciding Officer upon detailed examination of the application.
Remember: If you submit false or misleading information in support of your application, you may become liable for prosecution and/or deportation.

Tracking your application by contacting: A premium rate number 1900-776-5000 or by calling 1800-735-5888 and paying for your call by credit card. Calls cost $2.90 per minute at all times. Opening hours for this line are 8.30 am EST to 6pm EST Monday to Friday.

All visa enquiries to this number are handled by Abtran. This enables visa section staff to concentrate fully on processing visa applications as quickly as possible.
If you have a complaint regarding this service, please email details to: IEUSACustomerService@abtran.com for follow up.

Notification: The Embassy will contact you once a decision has been made.

Sort of Visa:

  • Travelling to Ireland as a tourist: If you are a Visa-required national and you would like to visit Ireland for a short period (90 days or less) you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Visit/Holiday Visa applications from INIS. For further information on tourism in Ireland please visit the website of Tourism Ireland
  • Travelling to Ireland as a Family members of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens seeking to reply on Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive). Please refer to INIS for details and comprehensive information regarding these types of applications.
  • Travelling to Ireland on business:
    – Business Meeting: If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a business meeting you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Business Visa applications onINIS
    – Conference: If you are a Visa-required national and coming to Ireland for a conference, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Conference Visa applications on INIS
    – Starting a Business in Ireland: If you are a Visa-required national and you wish to set up a business in Ireland, you will require Business Permission from the Department of Justice and Equality, prior to applying for your visa. Find more information on the INIS website
  • Studying in Ireland
    If you require an entry visa for Ireland and would like to study here, you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for Study Visa applications on INIS

Fees:

  • Cashier’s checks, money orders and bank drafts in US dollars must be made payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs – Ireland. Cash or credit cards are not acceptable.
  • For international visa applicants (ie from the Caribbean Islands, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands, Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (US), Virgin Islands (British), please submit a bank draft drawn on a US bank.
  • Standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:
    Good for a single journey in transit through the State $34
    Good for a single journey to the State $81
    Good for multiple entries to the State $136
    Working Holiday Authorisation $360

Please note that courier fees also apply and should be added to the processing fee. If applying from within the US, the domestic courier charges are $21. For applicants outside of the US from the countries listed above, the international courier charges are $35.

No fee required:

Some applicants don’t have to pay a fee for their visa.

These include visa-required spouses and certain family members of EEA citizens (including Irish nationals). You must provide proof of the relationship with the application.

In addition, applicants from the countries listed below don’t have to pay a fee:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Cote d’Ivoire, Montenegro, Tunisia, Ecuador, Morocco, Uganda,,Indonesia, Peru, Zambia, Jamaica, Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia,

Other charges: You may also have to pay communications charges.

sourcce: https://www.dfa.ie