Prospective attendees who require a visa should include their notification of acceptance from the conference chairs,  along with their application for visa, to support their application.

Do you need a Visa to attend the conference in Dublin?

Check if you need a visa at the link below. If you are a National of one of the counties listed, you will need a visa to attend the conference.

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Countries whose nationals are visa required

If you are a National of one of the countries listed in Schedule 1 here you do not need a visa for the Republic of Ireland.
For non-nationals of any of the listed countries in Schedule 1, if you have a valid Convention travel document issued by Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, or Switzer- land you will not need a visa to attend CBMS 2016. Full details are in this pdf.

 

General Information on Visa Requirements for travel to the Republic of Ireland

Visa issues are controlled by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in the Department of Justice and Equality – see www.inis.gov.ie
However, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has some involvement in certain countries by taking in the applications on behalf of INIS at their Embassies.  The definitive authority and website on visa issues is always INIS. However, we also include the link to the visa information on the DFAT website which is a very quick and simplified version https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/

In some countries there is an additional biometric requirement, which is provided by VFS Global http://www.vfsglobalirelandvisa.com/

Please see information from INIS, Department of Justice and Equality about how to apply for a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland.

It is open to a visa required National to make a visa application, for any purpose. The onus rests with the applicant to satisfy the Visa Officer as to why the visa should be granted. All information that is wished to have taken into consideration should be included where a visa application is submitted.

The first step of the visa application process is the completion of an online application form, which can be accessed via the following link:
https://www.visas.inis.gov.ie.

The signed two page summary sheet, along with all the required supporting documentation must then be submitted to the Visa Office/Embassy/Honorary Consulate as indicated on the summary sheet, contacts for which can be found on:
http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=285

Information when making a visa application can be found on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website:

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information

It should be borne in mind however that the information contained on the website is intended to act as a guideline only.  It does not limit the discretion of the Visa Officer in dealing with individual applications.

We also draw to your attention that a visa is merely a form of pre-entry clearance to seek permission to enter the State; no automatic right of entry or residency is conferred. Whether a person is permitted to enter and the exact period for which s/he is allowed to remain is a matter for the Immigration Officer at the point of entry.

The processing times for Visa Applications vary depending on the volume of applications lodged and the time it takes for an application to reach the Visa Section in Dublin from the Embassy in which it was lodged. You should allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa but a minimum time of 8 weeks is recommended.

Please ensure that you quote the visa transaction number if making any enquiries in relation to the application.

Finally, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2003 only the applicant and the authorised reference, as stated on the online application form, can be provided with information in relation to an application.

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