Spouse Visa Information

According to the Irish Department of Justice, spouse visa applications are being processed in chronological order, and are taking at least six months to be processed.

If you applied for a spouse visa outside Ireland, you can check on the page of your local Irish embassy to check the processing time for your country.

If you applied for a spouse visa in Ireland, the Dublin visa office has the following advice on processing times:

The official advice states that:

“Different embassies and visa offices will take different lengths of time to process different types of visa applications. These waiting times can change and you may check with the embassy or visa office, which is processing your application, for information on their current waiting times.”

To prevent delays with your application, it is strongly recommended to ensure that your application is completed thoroughly and accurately. Even small errors or incomplete sections can result in lengthy delays.

Further advice states that you should submit your visa application as far in advance as possible, but no sooner than 13 weeks before your intended date of travel.

In addition, you should not make travel arrangements before receiving a positive decision on your application.

How will I get a decision on my spouse visa?

You will receive an official letter or email about the result of your visa application. This letter will outline whether you have been approved or refused a visa.

If you are approved, the letter will outline the next steps you should take if you still wish to travel to Ireland.

If you are refused, you will be given details on the reasons for refusal and whether it is possible to resubmit or appeal the decision.

Please note that there is usually a limited time period (usually within two months from the date of refusal) in which you can submit an appeal against a visa decision so it is important to act quickly if you wish to appeal.

You are permitted one appeal only for most visa application refusals.

How do I track my Irish visa application?

Irish visa offices in Ireland and around the world publish visa decisions online on a weekly basis.

Here are some ways to track your visa application:

  • If you applied online via VFS Global, you will receive an email update when a decision has been made on your application
  • You may also be able to get SMS updates if you cannot access email
  • Use the reference number you received from the VFS Ireland Visa Application Centre if you submitted your application in this way to track your visa status online
  • If you applied at an embassy or consulate, check with the Irish embassy or Irish consulate where you submitted your visa application
  • If you applied via an Irish immigration service visa office, check the Irish Immigration Service visa decision weekly listing page
  • Use the reference number you received when you submitted your application

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications were being processed more slowly, resulting in delays to visa application decisions.

Please note that if you want to contact a visa office to check the status of your Irish visa application, visa offices cannot give you additional information over the phone.

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