You should know that Northern Ireland is part of England, you can go there by an ordinary English visa. The state of Ireland is just an island of the same name, more precisely, most of it.
Schengen visa does not work here: the country is not included in the Schengen zone.
Regular tourists receive a single visa, valid for 3 months. Student Irish visa and work visas have a longer period of validity.
Citizens, making regular business trips, as well as family members of EU citizens (spouses, children) are issued multiple visas.
The first step is filling out the online application form. It is on the website of the Government of Ireland at http://visas.inis.gov.ie . There you can find the official instruction for filling. The document is completed in English.
The application form is provided in full and a short version, the last document is printed and together with a package of other papers is sent to the embassy.
According to the official rules, each document must have a translation certified by a notary. The embassy also accepts independent translations without assurance.
This, of course, is a foreign passport, the term of which expires not earlier than six months after the end of the trip and return to home country, there must be at least two blank pages in it. The original passport is sent to the embassy, sometimes they also accept a photocopy explaining why the original is missing (but in this case the probability of refusing a visa, including a visa for studying in Ireland, increases).
Consular fee for a visa is about 70 dollars.
Important! If the visa is refused, the paid fee will not be refunded.
Who is exempt from paying the visa fee:
The following way is common: a package of documents for a visa (student Irish visa, working or tourist) is given to the courier, and money are attached. A small risk still exists, although this method does work. With personal subbmission of documents and money to the embassy, the absence of unpleasant precedents is guaranteed.
The usual processing time can be 5 - 15 days, most often a visa (including a student Irish visa) is ready in a week. It should be borne in mind that at the height of the holiday season, a visa is issued longer: in summer many students go to the country, their visas for studying in Ireland are considered for a long time. To be sure of the timely issue of a visa, it is best to file documents for a month.
To obtain a work visa, you must add to the standard package of documents:
It is also necessary to make a medical insurance for the whole period of work.
Each embassy carefully checks each document, and if inaccuracies are found, incorrect information is provided, there are errors from inattentive filling, then a refusal can be received.
In this case, the applicant can appeal within 2 months. Only if a forgery is revealed in the papers, the appeal is not accepted for consideration.
This type of visa is most common, so it is worth considering the issue in more detail.
The package of documents includes:
For a visa of any type you need 2 photos with a size of 3.5x4.5 cm, they should be identical.
You do not need to attach them to the form. On the back, it is necessary to write legibly the name of the tourist and the number of the application form (transaction number).
The background of the picture should be light, and the face occupy ¾ of the entire area of the photo.
Eyes should not be covered either with hair or with dark glasses. Therefore, if you wear glasses, in a picture they should be with usual light glasses.
The frame for the photo is not needed. Demand for a picture: open eyes, closed mouth, calm face. The headwear is excluded.
If both parents travel with their children, the usual package of documents should be added:
If one parent or an outsider travels, a power of attorney from the other parent and a copy of the passport of the person accompanying the child should be attached. The power of attorney must include the name of the country where the tourists are heading, and the dates of their stay.
Children who have not reached the age of 14 are entered in the passport of their parents, a photo (children from 6 to 14 years old) is pasted.
Children older than 14 years make out their passport independently, the application form is signed by one of the parents.
Students who need a visa for study in Ireland, submit to the Embassy a set of documents (written in a tourist visa) and plus to it: