Nonimmigrant 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 Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

A non-immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission to the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) or is traveling to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment, study, research and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel.