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Ireland Business Visas

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national who wants to travel to Ireland for any type of business-related activity, you may need to apply for an Ireland business visa.

To receive assistance on your Irish business visa application, call our immigration experts on +353 061 518 025.

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    Introduction to Short Stay Business Visa

    If you wish to travel to Ireland to conduct business activities, you will need a short stay business visa (also called a “C” visa).

    A short stay ‘C’ business visa allows foreign nationals to go to Ireland for up to 90 days for the following purposes:

    • Attend business meetings
    • Sign agreements or contracts or negotiate
    • Engage in work for periods of 14 days or fewer

    You will not be able to:

    • Undertake any work for 15 days or more
    • Use Irish public services, such as public hospitals

    Travellers should apply for a visa if their work in Ireland starts and ends within a 14-day period. Your work must start and end within the 14-day period. You cannot work more than once during the 90-day period.

    If you want to work more than once for 14 days or less within 90 days, you will need to apply for work through the Atypical Working Scheme and (if successful) apply for a short-stay employment visa.

    You need to apply for the business visa if you travel using a passport issued by a country that is visa-required. If you possess a passport from South Africa, you do not need to apply for this visa.

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    How to Apply for Business Visa

    You must apply for your visa from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident. You can apply up to 3 months before you plan to travel to Ireland for business.

    To apply, create your visa application online via AVATS (the online Irish visa system).

    For a short stay business visa to travel to Ireland for up to 90 days, you would select your visa type as ‘Short Stay (C)’, select your reason for travel as ‘Business’, and choose ‘single’ or ‘multiple’ journey type as appropriate for you.

    When finished with the online application, you will see a web page with important information including:

    • Your Visa Application Transaction Number
    • Keep a note of this number to check the progress of your application or when contacting Irish Immigration

    – Application summary sheets to print, sign, and date

    – Application office information on where to send your application and documents

    After your application is completed, you will need to pay the visa application fee and send your passport and other documents for processing.

    In some cases, you may also need to provide biometric information.

    Information on where to send your documents will be provided after your application is created. Your application office could be the Dublin visa office, an international visa office, or an Irish Embassy or Consulate.

    Documents Required for Short Stay Business Visa

    These are the documents you are required to send as part of your visa application:

    • Application summary sheets – printed, signed, and dated
    •  Application letter – typed or written explaining why you want to come to Ireland
      • This must also include your name, address, the reason you want to come to Ireland, the dates you plan to arrive and leave, names and addresses of any members of your family who currently live in Ireland or any other EU/EEA country or Switzerland
    • Invitation letter – written from a host in Ireland
      • Your host may be a customer, supplier, company, or organisation
      • The invitation should include information about the reason they are inviting you to Ireland, travel and work dates, proof of the relationship between the host and applicant, and a statement about what the host will contribute to the cost of the visit
      • The statement about the cost must say if your host will pay for ‘all’, ‘some’, or ‘none’ of the costs of your visit. If they are paying for ‘all’ or ‘some’, the letter must include an estimate of everything your host will pay for (i.e. airline tickets or accommodation)
    • Accommodation plan – a description of everywhere you will stay in Ireland, including the dates you will stay at each place
      • Include printed reservation confirmations of your accommodation that include the dates of your stay
      • If you are staying with a host in their home, you must ask the host to send you a letter with information including:
        • The host’s full name, home address in Ireland, confirmation by the host that you have been invited, the dates you will stay with the host, and  a statement by your host about what they will contribute to the cost of your visit
        • You must also include proof of your host’s address. This should be an original utility bill from within the last six months
    • Current Passport and a photocopy of each page from all previous passports you have (where available)
      • You must submit proof that you have legal status to be in your country of residence if you’re not a citizen there (i.e. a photocopy of your residence card). You need to also show you have at least 3 months’ permission to remain in that country after the date you plan to leave Ireland
    • 2 passport-sized colour photographs
    • Travel plan – letter that describes your plan to/from Ireland if you intend to:
      • Travel to Ireland directly from a country that is not your home country, or a country where you are a legal resident
      • Travel from Ireland directly to a different country
      • This letter must state if you need visas for those countries (or not)
    • Disclosure of any previous visa refusals, deportations, or refusal of entries to any country

    You must send the documents to your application office within 30 days of creating the application. Your application will not be processed until everything is received.

    Letters must be original and documents must be in English or Irish. If your documents need to be translated, send both the original documents and certified translations. Any State issued official documents, such as Birth Certificates, that were issued by a State outside of the EEA or Switzerland, must be attested as genuine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State that issued the document so that it can be accepted as evidence for Irish visa purposes.

    Translations done outside of the EEA or Switzerland must also be attested as genuine, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country in which the translation occurs.

    Do not only submit photocopies of documents. You must include the original documents.

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      Proof of Finances for Business Visa

      You must show that you have enough money to support yourself fully in Ireland. There is no formal minimum financial requirement for this visa – instead, the visa officer will make the final decision as to whether or not you have enough.

      If you are paying for your business trip include:

      • An up-to-date bank statement on original and headed bank paper. Printed statements must be certified by your bank
      • Your bank statement must include your name and address, account number and type (i.e. checking/current account, savings and deposit), and show the money paid in and out of the account over the last six months
      • If you submit a bank statement from a savings and deposit account, you must include an original letter from your bank that confirms you can withdraw money from it

      If your business host or accommodation host is helping to pay for your business trip, include a letter from your host that lists everything they will pay for, listed in Euro.

      If someone else (a third party) is helping to pay for your business trip include an explanation of how and why your business trip is being paid for by a third party. You must include the third party’s:

      • Full name and address, telephone number, email address, website (if appropriate), proof of relationship between you and the third party (i.e. letters, emails, photographs together), and your personal bank statement of what they will cover

      Medical Insurance

      You will not be required to provide medical or travel insurance with your application, though you may have to show it to a visa officer when they review your application.

      You should have proof of medical or travel insurance at the Irish border if your visa is eventually approved.

      Obligations to Return Home

      You must show proof that you will leave Ireland as soon as your business trip ends. You must show that you have a strong obligation to return home for economic, social, or family reasons.

      Work

      If you are employed in a job at home, you must show that you have an obligation to return to it. You should provide:

      • Your three most recent payslips
      • A letter from your employer stating how long you’ve been employed there, the dates you are on a business trip, the date you will be returning home

      If you are self-employed at home, you must show that you have an obligation to continue it, including:

      • A detailed description of your business and your products or services
      • Evidence that your business is active and trading (such as through tax returns, receipts of payments from customers from the past six months, etc)
      • Proof of a business reason to come to Ireland (i.e. communication by you with companies or organisation in Ireland)
      • The date you will return to your business at home

       

      Family

      If you have family at home, you must prove that you will return to them. You should include a description of your family that describes your status (married, separated, etc.) and if you have any children or dependents.

      If you are married and your spouse is not coming to Ireland with you, you should include your original marriage certificate with your application.

      If you have children aged under 18 and they are not coming to Ireland with you, you should include their original birth certificates with your application.

      Property

      If you own or rent property in your country of residence, you will need to provide a description of it with your visa application. Other documents will also have to be submitted, such as your original tenancy or rental agreement or a photocopy of your property title deed.

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        Ireland Business Visa Fees

        Payment methods and currency options may differ between visa offices. Current fees for short stay ‘C’ visas are:

        • Single entry – €60
        • Multiple entry – €100

        The visa fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application or if it is refused.

        Processing Times for Business Visa

        Processing times may vary depending on where your application is sent and the time of year. Generally, a decision will be made around 8 weeks after all your documents have been received.

        Entry to Ireland

        If your visa is approved, an Irish visa will be placed on a blank page on your passport. Your passport and original documents will be sent by post.

        You can only travel to Ireland for business between the dates on the visa including the first and last dates printed on the visa. The visa must be shown to an Immigration Officer at the Irish border within this date period.

        An Irish visa does not guarantee you entry into the country. An immigration officer can refuse you entry even if you have a visa.

        When you arrive at the border, you must prove to the immigration officer that you have a valid reason for entering Ireland. If you receive permission to enter, the officer will place a stamp in your passport. This landing stamp shows the reason for your visit and how long you can stay, up to a maximum of 90 days.

        How Can IAS Help?

        At IAS, we are highly trained immigration experts who can help you travel to Ireland to do business.

        Whether you are unsure of where to start on your Ireland business visa application, how to handle your documents, or any other additional questions that may arise in the process, we can help.

        To find out more on how IAS can assist you with your short stay business visa, call us today on +353 061 518 025 or contact us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  An extension for an Irish business visa is usually not issued except in extraordinary circumstances, such as illness or a change in status since arriving in Ireland.

                  There are two schemes for self-employed non-EEA nationals: Immigrant Investor Programme and Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme. Unfortunately, the Immigrant Investor Programme is no longer taking applications as of 15 February 2023.

                  The Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP) allows a non-EEA national with an innovative business idea and a minimum funding of €50,000 to come and set up a business in Ireland. The Programme aims to support High-Potential Start-Ups. It does not apply to retail, catering, personal services, or similar businesses.

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