How to Get a Long Stay Family Visa for Ireland

Ireland Long Stay Family Visa

Ireland Long Stay Family Visa

The Long Stay Family Visa for Ireland is the kind of visa that you need if you want to go to Ireland to stay with relatives (for periods of longer than 90 days).

As stated at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website, the processing times for visa applications will depend largely on the number of applications that have been lodged and how long it takes for your application to get to the Visa Section in Dublin from the Embassy (or Consulate) where you filed your application.

Make sure you give yourself ample time for this type of visa (8 weeks at a minimum).

Go to my Ireland visa page for information on other types of visas for Ireland.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Long Stay Family Visa for Ireland.

Find your closest consulate
  • If you’re inside the U.S., click here to find which consulate has responsibility over your State.
  • If you’re outside of the U.S.: Click here.
Gather documentation

The official list of requirement is here at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Visa fee
Submit materials
  • Submit your required materials from Step 2 and visa fee from Step 3 to the embassy or consulate you found in Step 1.
  • Each consulate or embassy will have different submission instructions. Check out the website of the consulate or embassy you found in Step 1.
Receive your visa
  • Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate of Ireland will give to you your brand new Ireland visa.
  • Visa decisions are published weekly on the Immigration Service website here.  You can check a decision by entering the Visa Reference Number that issued to you.
Vaccination information

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