All about Short Stay C visa for Ireland

All about Short Stay C visa for Ireland

A short-stay C visa for Ireland allows a person to travel and stay in Ireland for up to 90 days. When you get your short stay c visa you are allowed in Ireland for :

  • Tourism
  • Study ( short term courses)

Although the short stay c visa restricts you to work (paid or unpaid) or use publically aided services for e.g. Public Hospitals.

Eligibilty for short-stay C visa

All candidates for a short stay ‘C’ visa (whether for a single entry or multiple entries) should show that they have strong social or economic ties to a place of residence in a country other than Ireland . This is to assure the visa officer assessing the application that the projected stay in Ireland will be temporary. It should also be as per the duration and conditions of the permission granted by the immigration authorities on arrival in Ireland. The maximum stay allowed under a short stay ‘C’ visa is 90 days.

The responsibility for showing substantial ties to a country other than Ireland rests with you. The burden of proof in all cases is on you to satisfy the visa officer. The visa administrator may verify any evidence submitted in support of your application.

There is no right to a visa nor is there one set of documents or circumstances of application that will ensure the approval of an application. However, the documents normally required in support of an application are set out in the ‘Guide to Supporting Documentation’ for each type of short-stay ‘C’ visa.

Also read: Work Visa and Employment Opportunities in Ireland

Assessment criteria for short-stay C visa

If you want to go to Ireland for a short term study (e.g. to learn a language, or a short term course) apply using a Visit (Tourist) Visa.

The assessment criteria would be:

In assessing an application, a visa officer may look at the following issues:

  • you will leave Ireland before your visa duration is over;
  • that you, or relatives or friends in Ireland who are sponsoring your visit, have enough money to accommodate you. (without you working or accessing public funds);
  • you have proof of return or onward travel arrangements;
  • that you will not breach the Common Travel Area by seeking to enter the UK via Ireland without a valid UK visa;
  • your immigration history with Ireland, the UK, the Schengen Zone and other countries;
  • any other issue which the visa officer deems relevant.

How to apply?

You must apply for a visa from your home country or a country where you are a legal resident. Prepare your application 3 months before you travel.

Your application has 3 parts:

  • Create a visa application online
  • Pay the visa application fee
  • Send your passport & other documents for processing.

If you want help more information for your short stay C visa you can visit Irish Immigration Service and get full information on the policies.