What has changed
Beginning September 3, 2018, all Re-entry Division, Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) multiple entry (also known as re-entry) visa applications will only be received through the registered post postal system. The online appointment service will cease unless an emergency multiple entry (re-entry) visa online appointment is requested.
Who is affected
All visa-requiring nationals seeking a multiple entry (re-entry) visa to travel in and out of Ireland.
What to expect
All multiple entry (re-entry) visas will no longer be accepted through the online appointment service unless the visa request is defined as an emergency.
Emergency multiple entry (re-entry) visa online appointments will be accepted and expedited when the applicant has an urgent need to travel and has documentation from a GP/hospital for the following reasons:
- Death of a family member abroad
- Need to visit a critically-ill family member in hospital abroad
INIS has increased scrutiny on passport photos submitted as part of the multiple entry (re-entry) visa application process. Officers are actively reviewing employment permits, passports and previous visas to ensure the same photo is not being re-used, impacting the visa’s approval timeline.
What you need to do
- Inform visa nationals that travel plans should be postponed, or, at a minimum, be booked with changeable flights until the multiple entry visa has been received back from the processing office.
- Visa nationals should never travel without an up-to-date Irish Residence Permit (IRP) Card and multiple entry (re-entry) visa.
- Emigra will advise assignees who require or will require a multiple entry visa when assessing their case and providing timelines.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.