Ireland visa

If you plan to pay for a trip to the so-called Emerald Isle, you may need an Irish visa. It all depends on your country. However, keep this in mind: The Irish visa is simply a pre-entry authorization and it does not automatically grant entry into the country. This article will detail information related to Irish visas such as types, how to apply for an Irish visa, who needs an Irish visa and Irish visa requirements.

Ireland Visa Policy

The rules for entering Ireland change depending on your nationality and can be divided into three categories:

EU/EEA Nationals

If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you can enter Ireland and stay for up to three months with only a valid passport or identity card. You do not need a visa or registration with the immigration authorities to enter Ireland.

Non-EU/EEA nationals who are exempt from Irish visas

If you are not from an EU/EEA country but are from a country that allows visa-free travel to Ireland, you do not need to apply for an Irish visa. However, when you arrive in Ireland you will have to register with immigration authorities at border control. It is the immigration officer who decides whether you are allowed to enter Ireland or not.

Non-EU/EEA nationals who are subject to Irish visas

If you are from a non-EU/EEA country who falls under the Irish visa regime, then you need to apply for an Ireland visa. This means that you have to:

  1. Get permission to travel to Ireland (Ireland visa). You do this from your home country.
  2. Once you arrive in Ireland, register with the immigration authorities who decide whether to allow you to enter and stay in the country.

You will not be allowed to enter Ireland just because you receive an Ireland visa. You need permission to stay from an Immigration Officer.

Who needs an Ireland visa?

Ireland is part of the EU and EEA and so citizens of countries that are party to these agreements can freely visit Ireland without a visa. Additionally, there are a number of other countries that are not part of the EU or EEA but it is not mandatory to apply for an Irish visa before arriving in Ireland.

Types of Ireland Visas

The Ireland visas are divided based on the duration of stay, the purpose of travel, as well as the number of entrances.

Irish Short-Stay Visas (C Visa)

If you want to travel to Ireland for a trip that lasts less than three months, you have to apply for an Irish short-stay visa. In addition, you also have to apply for the specific visa which is based on the purpose of your trip.

The types of Irish short-stay visas are:

  • Irish Tourist visa, issued to foreign nationals who want to visit Ireland for tourism purposes.
  • Irish Business visa, for foreign nationals who have to conduct business, attend a meeting or have other business-related purposes.
  • Irish Employment visa under the Atypical Working Scheme, for foreign nationals who have clearance to take up short-term employment in Ireland.
  • Irish Stage Performance or Tournament visa, for performing artists who have to stage a performance in Ireland, or for athletes who will participate in a sporting event.
  • Irish Training visa, for foreign nationals who will participate in a short term training course in Ireland.
  • Irish Short-Term Internship visa, for foreign nationals who will travel to Ireland to become employed as a paid intern for a period not exceeding three months.
  • Irish Medical treatment visa, for foreign nationals who need to undergo medical treatment in an Irish medical institution.
  • Irish Join a Ship visa, for foreign nationals who will be embarking on a ship in Ireland within 24 hours of entering the country.
  • Irish Marriage visa, for foreign nationals who want to marry in Ireland and have received an acknowledgment from the Irish Registrar of Civil Marriages.
  • Irish Exam visa, for foreign nationals who have to travel to Ireland to sit an exam.

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Irish Long-Stay Visas (D Visa)

If you want to stay in Ireland for a period that is longer than three months, you need to apply for an Ireland long-stay visa. The types of Ireland long-stay visas are:

  • Irish Study visa, for foreign nationals who want to travel to Ireland to pursue their studies in an Irish educational institution.
  • Irish Work visa, for foreign nationals who have found a job and obtained immigration permission to work in Ireland.
  • Irish Family visa, for foreign nationals wishing to join a family member (who is also a foreign national) living in Ireland.
  • Irish Working holiday visa, for foreign nationals whose country is part of a Work Holiday agreement with Ireland.
  • Irish Researcher visa, for foreign nationals who will become employed as a scientific researcher in Ireland.
  • Irish Long-Term Internship visa, for foreign nationals who will become employees in a paid internship for a period longer than three months.
  • Irish Volunteer visa, for foreign nationals who want to move to travel to Ireland to work as a volunteer in a charity, non-profit or voluntary organization.
  • Irish Minister of Religion visa, for foreign nationals who will travel to Ireland to conduct ceremonies or other similar religious reasons.
  • Irish Retirement Visa, for foreign nationals who are self-sufficient financially and are not relied upon work in Ireland.

Irish Transit Visa

Nationals from certain countries will have to apply for an Irish Transit visa if they want to change their vessel of transport at an Irish airport or seaport, provided they do not pass through border control.

Ireland Visa Application

The Republic of Albania is not part of the Schengen Agreement.. Albanian citizens can apply for ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System), starting from May 2025, and visit Schengen countries for 90 days for tourism, business, etc..
However, Schengen visa holders are eligible to visit Albania for 90 days..

How Long Does It Take to Process an Albania Visa?

An Albanian visa takes 15 working days to be processed. However, depending on when you plan to apply, the embassy can extend the processing time to 30 days. 

What Is the Validity of an Albanian Visa?

The validity of the Albania tourist visa is 90 days out of a total of 180 days.. This type of visa is issued for one, two or more entries.. If you want to stay for more than 90 days, you can apply for a long-term stay visa or (D).. Long-term stay visas are issued for one year..
If you stay for more than 90 days on a tourist visa in the Republic of Albania, you will be banned from entering Albania and will not be allowed to enter Albania for 5 years..

Albania Visa Fees

As of March 2020, Albania has established a new regulation regarding visa fees.. Citizens from different countries must pay a visa fee equivalent to the fee they charge Albanian citizens in their home country.. For example, if an Albanian citizen has to pay €80 to enter Argentina, then an Argentinian citizen must pay the same fee when applying for an Albanian visa..

Can My Albanian Visa Be Rejected?

The embassy can still refuse to issue a visa if all the required conditions are not met, which means that even an Albanian visa can be refused

Below are some of the most common reasons why your Albania visa may be rejected:

  1. Incomplete documents
  2. Misinformation
  3. Failure to appear at your visa appointment on time
  4. When your information on the requested documents does not match the answers to the interview questions

However, if your Albania visa is refused, you can reapply or appeal the refusal

How Can I Request a Residence Permit for Albania?

The residence permit will allow you to stay in Albania for more than 90 days. Depending on the reason for your stay, you may request a residence permit for work, study, family reunification, etc. You must apply for a residence permit 30 days after entering Albania. Online registration procedures; You must register online at E-Albania

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Residence Permit” button and complete the application with all requested information.
  2. Update all other requested documents to PDF format.
  3. An electronic notification is sent to the state police office and they begin processing the request.

The application must demonstrate that:

  1. You meet all required criteria.
  2. You have all required documents.
  3. Your documents are original, legalized and translated into Albanian.

After completing all the necessary procedures online, you must go in person to the Regional Migration Office and apply for a residence permit. The local immigration office will process your visa application. It takes 30 days to receive a response.
After receiving a response, you will be able to pick up your residence permit at the same office where you submitted your visa application.

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