What is the change? A backlog in Dublin is exacerbating delays in visa application processing.

What does the change mean? Employers and employees should apply as early as possible for visa services and expect lengthier waits. The visa office in Dublin is currently processing applications received Nov. 6.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits.
  • Who is affected: Applicants at the Dublin office.
  • Impact on processing times: The Dublin office is backlogged by approximately three weeks.
  • Business impact: The delays will impact travel plans and start dates for employees.
  • Next steps: Employers and employees should anticipate disruption of business schedules and later start dates for new assignees. Expatriate employees requiring visas for travel, especially during the holiday season, should apply immediately.

Background: Last month, Ireland instituted a new computer system needed to process the nine permit categories that were created under the employment permits legislation. The transition created a backlog of applications. A new payment system has also slowed down processing.

Currently, the Dublin office is experiencing a continuing backlog and delays. Note that applications made by post are taking longer to process.

BAL Analysis: Businesses and foreign employees should expect delays to continue through the holidays and plan accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact

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