After Submission

Once you submit your application, you must wait until the Irish Embassy has made a decision on your case. For most Short Stay visas, you can expect a decision within 8 weeks of the application being received by the London Visa Office. Applications for Long Stay visas may take longer.

Your application may also take longer if:

  • You have not submitted the necessary supporting documentation
  • Your supporting documentation needs to be verified
  • Because of personal circumstances, e.g. you have a criminal conviction
Visa Category Processing Time
Business and Employment Related Visas 7 working days
Long Stay Employment Visas 7 working days
Visit and other Short Stay Visa 3- 4 weeks
Long Stay Visas 6 months
Study Visas 4 weeks

Note: Processing times can change during the year, e.g. before holiday periods. You are advised not to pay for a travel ticket before you receive a decision on your visa.

You can track your application using the reference number on your receipt, which is issued to you on the day of your appointment. If you have opted for the SMS service you will be notified via SMS and email regarding the status of your application. The final SMS you will receive will inform you when the application is ready for collection in the Visa Application Centre.

To check the status of your application, please click here

Due to the current situation (COVID-19), collection from VFS centres are temporarily unavailable. All Passports will be courired to the applicant once processed, additional courier charges will apply. For Fee information, please visit additional services page.

Passport Collection in London is between 16.00 - 17.30 Monday to Friday except declared holidays. ( For all Satellite centres the application would be couriered to the applicant. )

Please ensure you bring your receipt with you, an extra photocopy of the passport bio data page (page with photo) and copy of signature page, (if applicant’s signature is not on the passport bio data page) .

Applicants unable to collect in person may authorise another person to collect the passport on their behalf. The authorised person will need to bring the passport photocopy with the stapled receipt, an authorisation letter signed by the applicant, and proof of Identity with photo.

Example of an authorisation letter

When the passport is handed back to the applicant or the authorised person, the passport photocopy with the receipt will be stamped for collection and the authorisation letter, if any, will remain with VFS.

At the end of the passport collection process VFS requests that every collecting person signs off the Register of Passport collection.

Upon collection of passports, applicants are advised to check that the visa granted meets with their travel schedule.

If you have opted for the Courier Service, your passport will be dispatched to you via DX Securemail.

You will be able to begin tracking your DX Securemail envelope on the day after you have been notified it is being dispatched to you from the Visa Application Centre. Please use the 10 digit number from the DX Securemail sticker on your receipt to track your envelope. Please go to the following DX Securemail website -

click here

and enter your 10 digit DX tracking number and your postcode. Please call DX Securemail directly on the number provided on the website regarding any issues with delivery.