Foreign Business men and women, who wishes to take a Business trip to Ireland must get the Ireland Business VISA, before entering the Country.
For easy understanding, and steps to apply for this VISA, this article will guide you.
Ireland Business VISA
The Ireland Business VISA is a type of Ireland short-stay VISA (also known as an Ireland C VISA). It allows the holder to travel to Ireland, where they will have to go through Border Control and request permission to stay.
This simply implies that, holding an Irish VISA does not automatically grant you the right to enter Ireland. It is the Immigration Officer at Border Control who makes this decision. They could refuse you entry even if you received an Ireland Business VISA before traveling.
All foreigners, who wants to enter Ireland for Business purposes or any Business-related activities, must get the Irish Business VISA.
However, most Countries are exempted from applying for the Irish Business VISA.
If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA member state or of Switzerland, you can travel to Ireland VISA-free, because of the EU Right of Free Movement, you also do not need to request permission to stay at the Border Control.
If you are from a non-EU/EEA Country, who is exempt from Ireland VISAs, you do not need to apply for an Ireland Business VISA before traveling to Ireland. But you will still have to register at Border Control and request permission to stay from an Immigration Officer.
Required Documents For The Ireland Business VISA
Gather the following documents:
- The signed and dated online application form summary.
- A valid passport and VISA.
- A signed letter stating your reasons for traveling.
- Proof of sufficient financial means to support yourself for the duration of your stay.
- Proof that you will return to your Home Country after your VISA ends, such as family ties, a work contract, home-ownership, lease/rental contract etc.
- Booked return flight ticket.
- Proof of accommodation, such as a hotel reservation, letter from your host (if you have one), etc.
- Details of any previous VISAs you received/were refused, Ireland or otherwise.
- Proof of paid Ireland VISA fee.
- If you are employed:
- A letter from your employer, which:
- Is written on a headed paper and signed.
- States you are taking the trip on behalf of the Company and the reasons why.
- Details the date you will be absent and when you will return to work.
- Explains who will cover the expenses of the trip.
- A copy of the Company’s Signature Circulars, which confirm the authority to sign the documents.
- The company’s Tax Registration certificate.
- A copy of the Company’s registration in the Chamber of Commerce.
- A copy of the Company’s bulletin in the Trade Register.
- A letter from your employer, which:
- If you are self-employed:
- A dated and signed letter from your solicitor, accountant, or tax consultant written on headed paper.
- Your Company’s letter/certificate of incorporation.
- Bank statements of your Business Bank account from the past six months.
- Correspondence you have had recently with the appropriate Government authority in your country regarding your self-employment.
- A letter from the Irish Company hosting you, which:
- Confirms the Business trip and that they will be hosting you.
- States the details of the work contract.
- Confirms the dates of the trip.
- States who will cover the expenses of the trip.
- If you are traveling to attend a conference/meeting/ on your own expenses, give an explanation why.
In order to get your VISA ready, you should follow these steps;
- Fill and Complete the online application form: complete your form via AVATS, the Online Application Facility, which is found on the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) website. When you are filling, note these, you will have to select:
- Short Stay (C) VISA
- Single- or multiple-entry (as it suits you best)
- Reason for travel: Business
- Check and Confirm where you should submit the application: You will have to submit your application in any of the following:
- The Dublin VISA Office
- An International VISA Application Agency
- An Irish Embassy or Consulate in your Country
- Compile the Required documents: The documents you will need are listed above. Make sure you put them in a big strong envelope.
- Pay the fees.
- Submit your Biometric data.
Note: The processing time for an Ireland Business VISA is eight weeks.
Keep In Mind:
- It is the Immigration Officers at the Ireland Border Control who decide the number of days you are allowed to stay. They will place a stamp on your passport stating the purpose of your travel and the validity of your VISA. However, an Irish Business VISA is valid for a maximum of three months (90 days).
- You can receive a single-entry or multiple-entry Ireland VISA.
- If you hold an Ireland Business VISA, you can only travel to Ireland for reasons related to your Business or Work, and remain for up to 90 days. If you have an Ireland Business VISA, you can only work for a maximum of 14 days within a single, uninterrupted 14-day period.