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Ireland: Immigration for Doctors

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Basic visa details for Ireland are given below. Complete and more detailed information can be obtained from the following sites:

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  • Citizens of selected countries do not need visa to enter Ireland. The list of countries which do not need visa click here
  • The granting of a visa for Ireland is only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not mean that you are granted permission to enter Ireland.
  • With a visa you are only allowed to present yourself at the port of your arrival in Ireland. Immigration officers have authority to grant or deny your admission to the country.
  • You should always carry the original documents or copies of the documents that you have submitted with your application, because the immigration officers might ask to see them before they decide whether to allow your entry to Ireland.
  • A visa does not grant you permission to stay in Ireland. The date of validity on your visa indicates only the date before which you must present it to an immigration officer. An immigration officer at the port of entry will then decide the length of your stay.
  • Children under sixteen years of age travelling with their parent or a legal guardian do not need visas to enter Ireland.

Applying for Visa

If you want to apply for an Irish visa you should do this through the Irish Embassy or Consulate in the country of your permanent residence.

If there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the country where you permanently reside you can apply through any Irish Embassy or Consulate, through your referee in Ireland or directly by post to:

The Visa Office,
Department of Foreign Affairs,
69-71 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2,
tel. + 353 1 478 0822.

Regardless of your method of applying, you must submit your passport together with your visa application. 

Visas can not be issued unless passports are submitted. 

If you are not able to submit your passport with your application you must give the reason for this and indicate from which Irish Embassy or Consulate you propose to collect the visa. 

Only in those cases will you be allowed to submit photocopies of all the pages in your passport together with your application.

When applying for an Irish visa you need to submit the following documents:

  • Passport valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from Ireland.
  • Visa application form filled out correctly, in block capital letters, and signed by the applicant.
  • You will get this form at the Irish Embassy/Consulate or Visa Office, depending on where you are applying.
  • Three recently taken passport size colour photographs.

Other original documents to be submitted with visa applications, depending on the purpose of your trip to Ireland:

Fully registered doctor:

  • Current work permit; and
  • Full Medical Council Registration certificate.

Temporary registered doctor:

  • Medical Council Registration Book with current registration; and
  • Letter from employer stating details of current employment contract.

Spouse of a doctor:

  • Similar to when you apply for visit/holiday and for exam/training purposes

To attend a conference:

  • Letter of invitation from Irish company stating the reason for the visit, duration of your proposed stay and responsibility for your accommodation/maintenance costs; or
  • Letter from conference host explaining nature, duration and programme of conference and stating responsibility for accommodation/maintenance costs.

For visit/holiday

  • Confirmation of hotel booking or reference letter from somebody in Ireland who will provide you with accommodation during your stay; and
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself during your stay in Ireland (e.g. recent bank statement), or reference letter from somebody in Ireland who will support you financially during your stay; and
  • Evidence of obligation to return to your country of permanent residence (e.g. letter from employer/college certifying intention to return after your visit).

For study/training/examination purposes

  • Letter of registration from college/school stating the nature/duration of the course or examination; and
  • Evidence that the fees have been paid in full; and
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to maintain yourself during your proposed stay (e.g. recent bank statement)

When to apply?

Some of the visa applications are processed quickly (e.g. those of government officials, businessman who travel frequently, people who have residence rights in Ireland or Europe, or have valid visas for other EU states).

Other visa applications, such as those of people intending to work, study or come to Ireland as tourists may require more time to be processed. They are normally referred for decision to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. 

In any case you should apply at least three weeks to eight weeks before the proposed date of arrival to Ireland.

Visa Fees

Citizens of certain countries have to pay application fees. The details of these fees are available from the Irish embassies/Consulates and Visa Office in Dublin. 

If you are applying directly to the Visa Office in Dublin you should submit together with your application the relevant fee in Irish pounds (bank drafts only, payable to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin). 

Application fees are non-refundable.

Change of visa status

Once you are granted an Irish visa based on the proposed purpose of your stay in Ireland (e.g. visit, study, accompanying spouse, examination, etc.) under Irish law you cannot get involved in any other activity or remain in the country for any purpose other than that for which the visa was granted. 

This means that if you want to undertake any activity in Ireland other than the one for which your visa was originally granted you have to leave the country and apply for a new visa.

For further information contact the visa office.

Police Registration

If you are granted a visa and you propose to stay in Ireland for longer than three months you will have to register with the Gardaν (police) in the area where you reside. 

This usually applies to people who arrive to Ireland to work, start their business, study or are married to an Irish /EU citizen and are going to live in the country. 

This registration will in fact be your permission to reside. 

For the greater Dublin area the relevant registration office is the Immigration Office,
Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2,
tel. + 353 1 475 5555.

Documents that are required for registration are:

  • Passport
  • Four recently taken passport size colour photographs
  • Documentation relating to entry, e.g. work permit, business permission, letter from college, marriage certificate, evidence of funds, etc.
    This documentation will vary depending on the purpose of your stay in the country.

The period of validity of your residence permission will be determined by e.g. the duration of the course or the validity of your work permit. 

On registration you will be given a Certificate of Registration (Green Book) and you will be expected to keep your residence permit up to date for the duration of your stay in Ireland.


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