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June 13, 2019

New application process for Preclearance applicants

New application process for Preclearance applicants

As of 21/11/2020, preclearance procedures are changing for the following existing schemes:

  • Volunteer in Ireland
  • Minister of Religion
  • De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder (CSEP) or Hosting Agreement Holder (HA)
  • De Facto Partner of an Irish National

All preclearance application forms will move to the online application system AVATS. Instructions on how to apply and use the application system will be provided on the relevant webpage for each scheme above.

Applications for both visa required and non-visa required nationals will continue to be assessed under the relevant policies. All applications must be made from outside of Ireland and applicants must remain outside the State while their application is being processed.

Visa required nationals

The requirement for you to apply through two procedures (preclearance and visa) will be changed. You will no longer apply for a letter of preclearance. You will only have to make a visa application under the relevant scheme. Your visa, if your application is successful, will outline your reason for travel to Ireland.

Non-Visa required nationals

You will continue to apply for preclearance, and if your application is successful, you will receive an approval letter from the preclearance unit which must be presented to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

Immigration & Visa Services Ireland

IVS Ireland provides professional services with support, advice, information and the necessary representation required and will assist you in submitting your applications, requests and documents to the various governmental departments.

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