One major step in becoming a nurse in Ireland is obtaining a Visa from the Consulate. In this post, I will talk about the steps I undertook in order to have an Irish Visa. The steps in this blog post will be focused on an application that was done via courier. I did not have to go to the Consulate Office in Makati to apply.
Step 1: Complete an Online Application Form
First, you need to go to http://www.visas.inis.gov.ie to access the form. Make sure that you have the following details before you try to accomplish the form: your current and previous passports; address and contact number of your employer; current passport of spouse (if married); contact person from the employer; name of agent, and address and contact number of your agency.
Here’s a short guide on what to answer in the form:
What type of visa are you applying for? : Long Stay (D)
Journey type : Single
What is the reason for travel? : Employment
Purpose of travel : Employment
Passport type : National Passport
Passport/ Travel Document Number: Write your Passport Number
Proposed dates you wish to enter and leave Ireland: indicate date of departure and you may leave the next date blank
Take note: You must complete your name as it reads on your passport. Always take time to check the correctness and accuracy of the information you provide before proceeding to the next pages. The system will have several other questions that you need to fill out.
Once you are done, the website will generate a transaction reference number which you need to remember as this is necessary in all transactions regarding your Visa application, such as asking for the appointment schedule (if you plan to have a personal appearance) and inquiring about the status of your application.
Print the summary sheet at the end of the online questionnaire on an A4 sized paper and sign the declaration at the last page.
Step 2: Complete the necessary documents
Here’s a list of the documents that I sent to the Consulate Office:
1. Atypical Working Scheme Letter of Approval
2. Contract of Employment
3. NMBI Decision Letter
5. College Diploma
6. Transcript of Records with RLE Summary
7. PRC ID
8. Nursing Board ID/Certificate
9. Birth Certificate
10. Certificate of Employment from previous employer
11. 3-page Visa Application Summary Sheet
IMPORTANT REMINDER: All documents submitted must be ORIGINAL COPIES and must be accompanied with 2 sets of clear machine copies of all the documents. Please invest in high quality photocopies as unclear copies will not be accepted or recognized. Do not worry because all original documents will be returned upon release of the Visa decision. Scanned and printed copies to replace originals are not allowed and not accepted.
In addition to the documents, you need to send 3 pieces of passport sized photograph. The photo should be:
- outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,
- giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
- giving details of how long you intend to stay in Ireland,
- giving details of where you intend to stay while you are in Ireland,
- undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain.
I also included in my letter the list of documents that I enclosed and that I would like to have these documents returned to my address upon release of the Visa decision.
Step 3: Send all documents to the Consulate Office
When I sent my documents, I used LBC Express for my courier. I also availed of their Door-to-Door money transfer so that I can transmit my payment for the Visa fees.
Address your documents to:
Consulate General of Ireland – Manila
3rd Floor Max’s Building
70 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air 1 Village
Makati City 1209
For the payment, regular Visa fees are Php 4,600.00. However, since I am applying via courier only, I needed to pay Php 5,100.00 which includes communication fees like sending back the approved Visa and original documents back to me.
The payment should be addressed to: MIKKI GALAN with the same address as stated above.
Step 4: Follow up on your application
After sending your application, you MUST be able to call the Consulate Office to confirm the receipt of your documents. They will advise you if there are any additional documents required. As for my experience, all my documents (those listed in Step 2) were satisfactorily received.
Their telephone number is: +63 2 896-4668. Take note that their office hours are only on Mondays through Fridays, 8:00AM-3:00PM. I tried reaching them beyond 3PM and no one will really answer. 🙂
Step 5: Wait and PRAY
Usually, application for a Visa for employment takes 2-4 weeks. I know of some who had their Visa approved in 8-10 working days. Mine took 17 working days. My application was lodged on September 13 and the decision was released on October 6.
It was not easy to wait. I had to follow up always (3x a week on the 2nd week, LOL) because I was anxious about it. But I also prayed for it every single day. I prayed so hard and my heart rejoiced when God finally granted approval of my Visa on October 6. The Visa arrived at my home address the following day.
God is good all the time!