Visas

Important Information Regarding Visa Appointments and Renewals:

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to have an effect on Embassy Dublin visa operations. Please be advised of operations under the following Government of Ireland’s Plan for Living with COVID-19:

Level 5 – The Visa Unit will be unable to provide routine immigrant or non-immigrant visa services and scheduled appointments will be cancelled.

Level 4 and under – Only extremely limited routine services will be possible. As such, wait times for appointments and processing times might be greatly extended.

Please also keep in mind the following:

  • Travelers in the United States should only depart with the understanding that travel restrictions may prevent their return or necessitate their being outside the United States for an extended or indefinite period of time. Pandemic conditions and travel restrictions under which persons may travel from Ireland to the United States have changed suddenly and unpredictably and may do so again. Please review the latest information on travel restrictions available here.
  • If you are resident in the Republic of Ireland, have an urgent matter, and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/ to request an expedited appointment.
  • If you are resident outside of the Republic of Ireland, please review the information on the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate website where you are for information on expedited appointments.
  • Applicants entering Ireland must wait at least 14 days before attending an in-person visa appointment and may be asked to present evidence of when they most recently entered the country, such as a boarding pass, flight itinerary, or immigration entry stamp in their passport.
  • For those attending a visa appointment, if your visa is approved at the time of interview, please allow at least 10 working days for processing and the return of your passport. In some cases, processing might take longer.
  • Please do not make non-refundable travel plans until you have your passport with U.S. visa in hand.
  • For those renewing by courier, please allow at least 15 working days, although processing may take longer.
  • To mitigate the risk of COVID-19, the Embassy does not permit in-person drop off/collection of documents.
  • For further information, please regularly review our FAQ webpage

The U.S. Mission to Ireland understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule or must now re-schedule a visa appointment. Please be assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022. This extension will allow applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment the opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

Please contact us through our contact form here.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.