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Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 2:41pm On Dec 18, 2021
Hi everyone,

I have created this thread separate from the general Irish visa thread so people who have gone through the Join-Family visa process can share their experiences to help current and future applicants.

Kindly share your personal experiences and comments on:

1. Your Join-family visa application experience.

2. The documents you submitted .

3. The peculiarities of your application (Critical Skill permit holders, Irish citizens, regular work permit holders, PhD students, etc).

4. The visa response timelines.

5. Travelling experience (Your journey to meet and receive your loved ones).

6. Life in Ireland in general - getting to know and settling in the beautiful country Ireland.

7. Etc etc.

I have attached the Department of Justice guidance page on Family reunification for all categories. https://www.irishimmigration.ie/coming-to-join-family-in-ireland/joining-an-irish-national/join-family-visa/

The guide contains the most exhaustive requirements for the application and it is regularly updated. You'll find the online Irish visa application form AVATS on the page too.

Visa applications are submitted to the embassy through VFS. The step-by-step guide to submitting your application can be found here https://visa.vfsglobal.com/nga/en/irl/apply-visa
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 9:31am On Mar 01, 2022
I'm currently on the Critical Skills permit and my wife applied for her Join Family Visa in September 2021. It's been 6 months of regular emails and 'still pending' replies and we are frustrated. I wonder if anyone has received their Join Family visas recently, and how long theirs took?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 1:34pm On Mar 01, 2022
scholesy18:
I'm currently on the Critical Skills permit and my wife applied for her Join Family Visa in September 2021. It's been 6 months of regular emails and 'still pending' replies and we are frustrated. I wonder if anyone has received their Join Family visas recently, and how long theirs took?

Hi, a lot of people are in our shoes. I know people who applied in June 2021 who just heard back in February 2022. One can not really be sure as to why it is taking this long post-covid as it didn't according to people who got it pre-covid time. The priority appears to be student visa.

You can find and follow the weekly report published every Monday in the link below, however, Join Family visa is not specifically labelled.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/nigeria/our-services/visas/weeklydecisionreports/

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Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 12:49pm On Mar 02, 2022
8BitGee:


Hi, a lot of people are in our shoes. I know people who applied in June 2021 who just heard back in February 2022. One can not really be sure as to why it is taking this long post-covid as it didn't according to people who got it pre-covid time. The priority appears to be student visa.

You can find and follow the weekly report published every Monday in the link below, however, Join Family visa is not specifically labelled.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/nigeria/our-services/visas/weeklydecisionreports/

Wow! Guess we just have to keep waiting. Thanks for the feedback!
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Sunshineandrain: 12:14am On Mar 16, 2022
Hi,
I am currently on critical skills visa and applied for my husband in June 2021, the visa got rejected after 6 months. We have just put in an appeal and hoping for the best.
Spoke with someone here in similar circumstances and he said after over one year of submitting an appeal, he still hasn’t heard back from the embassy.
The whole process just isn’t fair nor transparent, it’s shocking!

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Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by lanrayx: 11:38pm On Mar 22, 2022
Sunshineandrain:
Hi,
I am currently on critical skills visa and applied for my husband in June 2021, the visa got rejected after 6 months. We have just put in an appeal and hoping for the best.
Spoke with someone here in similar circumstances and he said after over one year of submitting an appeal, he still hasn’t heard back from the embassy.
The whole process just isn’t fair nor transparent, it’s shocking!

Did they give a good reason for refusing the application, that you are able to share? Or PM
I am on a CSEP and my wife has applied to join me.
Seeing your post gave me the chills
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 8:37am On Mar 25, 2022
Hello, I posted this opinion on the requirements for join family visa process on the general thread. I reckon it will be useful here as well.

• See https://www.irishimmigration.ie/coming-to-join-family-in-ireland/joining-an-irish-national/join-family-visa/ it tells you most of what you need to know.

• You can prove communication by way of phone logs, text and instant messages. I'll advise you take copious screenshots of these over a good time period. If children are involved, showing evidence of communication with them too I have heard is essential.

• Provide evidence of visitations by way of airline tickets, hotel bookings, family photos, etc.

• You can prove dependency by highlighting regular money transfers for upkeep, etc on your bank statements.

• Ensure you show enough funds in your accounts as being on a CSEP appears not to be enough especially for families with kids.

• Get a letter of introduction from your landlord, employer and anyone else that can attest for you.

• Your letter of invitation is very important too. Highlight particularly the need for family reunification, don't assume it's evident. Your spouse should do the same. List all documents attached, submitted and their purpose.

• The process is long-drawn-out at the moment, I'll say expect up to a 8-9 month wait to hear back after submission embarassed cry

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Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 8:36pm On Mar 25, 2022
Hi, Could you disclose if these people have kids? Because June to Feb is about 8months. Someone else has said she applied for her husband in June 2021 and got response by December 2021 being 6months.

8BitGee:


Hi, a lot of people are in our shoes. I know people who applied in June 2021 who just heard back in February 2022. One can not really be sure as to why it is taking this long post-covid as it didn't according to people who got it pre-covid time. The priority appears to be student visa.

You can find and follow the weekly report published every Monday in the link below, however, Join Family visa is not specifically labelled.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/nigeria/our-services/visas/weeklydecisionreports/
8BitGee:


Hi, a lot of people are in our shoes. I know people who applied in June 2021 who just heard back in February 2022. One can not really be sure as to why it is taking this long post-covid as it didn't according to people who got it pre-covid time. The priority appears to be student visa.

You can find and follow the weekly report published every Monday in the link below, however, Join Family visa is not specifically labelled.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/nigeria/our-services/visas/weeklydecisionreports/
8BitGee:


Hi, a lot of people are in our shoes. I know people who applied in June 2021 who just heard back in February 2022. One can not really be sure as to why it is taking this long post-covid as it didn't according to people who got it pre-covid time. The priority appears to be student visa.

You can find and follow the weekly report published every Monday in the link below, however, Join Family visa is not specifically labelled.

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/nigeria/our-services/visas/weeklydecisionreports/
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 8:42pm On Mar 25, 2022
Blueberry111112:
Hi, Could you disclose if these people have kids? Because June to Feb is about 8months. Someone else has said she applied for her husband in June 2021 and got response by December 2021 being 6months.


Yes, at least one couple have two kids. Their application was submitted in June 2021 and they are only after hearing back in February 2022.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 8:53pm On Mar 25, 2022
scholesy18:
I'm currently on the Critical Skills permit and my wife applied for her Join Family Visa in September 2021. It's been 6 months of regular emails and 'still pending' replies and we are frustrated. I wonder if anyone has received their Join Family visas recently, and how long theirs took?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 9:07pm On Mar 25, 2022
Ok. Thanks. Were they granted?

8BitGee:


Yes, at least one couple have two kids. Their application was submitted in June 2021 and they are only after hearing back in February 2022.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 1:26am On Mar 26, 2022
Blueberry111112:
Ok. Thanks. Were they granted?


Yes
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Dwebb55: 4:05am On Mar 26, 2022
Wow! All these stories can scsre someone. A friend who applied got the family's visa after 3 months. I am sure that this thread will provide more highlights on what is needed to ensure that applications are made in the right manner and without hitches.

One thing about Ireland that I have noticed is that they are particular about finances. When submitting your bank statements, ensure that any lodgment or withdrawal N100k and above and €100 and above are well explained in your statements.

Finally, put everything to God in prayer because without Him, we can do nothing!

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Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 7:21am On Mar 26, 2022
Dwebb55:
Wow! All these stories can scsre someone. A friend who applied got the family's visa after 3 months. I am sure that this thread will provide more highlights on what is needed to ensure that applications are made in the right manner and without hitches.

One thing about Ireland that I have noticed is that they are particular about finances. When submitting your bank statements, ensure that any lodgment or withdrawal N100k and above and €100 and above are well explained in your statements.

Finally, put everything to God in prayer because without Him, we can do nothing!

One can't say what has happened at the embassy in Abuja, but join family applicants can feel some throttling. In the beginning we assumed it was due to the covid lockdowns, now, that shouldn't be the case anymore.

Even before the lockdowns were eased, I heard of two people from a different region who got theirs in late 2021 in less than a month.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 8:07am On Mar 26, 2022
Yeah, something may have caused this dramatic change. At least if they even make it transparent by putting the periods they are working on as is done in other categories, people will be well guided and prepared.

Right now critical skills or no critical skills they do not appear to make any distinction in the time they are taking to process the applications.

8BitGee:


One can't say what has happened at the embassy in Abuja, but join family applicants can feel some throttling. In the beginning we assumed it was due to the covid lockdowns, now, that shouldn't be the case anymore.

Even before the lockdowns were eased, I heard of two people from a different region who got theirs in late 2021 in less than a month.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Marimart: 10:00am On Mar 26, 2022
scholesy18:
I'm currently on the Critical Skills permit and my wife applied for her Join Family Visa in September 2021. It's been 6 months of regular emails and 'still pending' replies and we are frustrated. I wonder if anyone has received their Join Family visas recently, and how long theirs took?
Hello sir, please what are the steps and criteria for obtaining the critical visa?
Thanks.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Marimart: 10:02am On Mar 26, 2022
Sunshineandrain:
Hi,
I am currently on critical skills visa and applied for my husband in June 2021, the visa got rejected after 6 months. We have just put in an appeal and hoping for the best.
Spoke with someone here in similar circumstances and he said after over one year of submitting an appeal, he still hasn’t heard back from the embassy.
The whole process just isn’t fair nor transparent, it’s shocking!
Please how did you apply for your critical visa?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 10:19am On Mar 26, 2022
Blueberry111112:



Yeah, something may have caused this dramatic change. At least if they even make it transparent by putting the periods they are working on as is done in other categories, people will be well guided and prepared.

Right now critical skills or no critical skills they do not appear to make any distinction in the time they are taking to process the applications.


Yes, that advantage is gone. I know of a person who is bitter about it all and the housing crisis because he had the chance of going to the UK instead which he abandoned because of Brexit fears. The UK appears to be unshaken now and has started offering PSW visa from Autumn 2020 which was why Ireland saw an influx of foreign students.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 6:39pm On Mar 26, 2022
Marimart:

Hello sir, please what are the steps and criteria for obtaining the critical visa?
Thanks.

Hello,
Ideally, you'd need to secure a job in Ireland which matches criteria detailed in links below.

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/working_in_ireland/employment_permits/green_card_permits.html
https://enterprise.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Permit-Types/Critical-Skills-Employment-Permit/

After then, you're eligible to apply. In some cases the company applies on your behalf. This is different from a visa or resident permit however. Hope this helps.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Sunshineandrain: 1:46pm On Mar 28, 2022
lanrayx:


Did they give a good reason for refusing the application, that you are able to share? Or PM
I am on a CSEP and my wife has applied to join me.
Seeing your post gave me the chills

Yes, they gave a number of reasons as to why they refused the visa. A lot of which didn’t make sense because we fulfilled all the criteria and requirements.
Really it’s hard to tell what they’re looking for and I don’t believe they are going by the books anymore, it all just depends on the visa officer’s discretion which is quite unfortunate. Someone in an exactly the same situation as yours might receive a different decision. It’s crazy.
All I can say is just stay hopeful, and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If there’s anyone that can afford coming through a student visa I would recommend that rather than the join family process. It’s not worth the emotional roller coaster at all.

Is there anyone awaiting an appeal decision right now?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 3:09pm On Mar 28, 2022
Hi,
If you dont mind please, can i ask if you can be more specific about the reasons. It will help those of us waiting for a response to know what to expect to an extent……. Sometimes you may have only one egg and only one basket…lol


Sunshineandrain:


Yes, they gave a number of reasons as to why they refused the visa. A lot of which didn’t make sense because we fulfilled all the criteria and requirements.
Really it’s hard to tell what they’re looking for and I don’t believe they are going by the books anymore, it all just depends on the visa officer’s discretion which is quite unfortunate. Someone in an exactly the same situation as yours might receive a different decision. It’s crazy.
All I can say is just stay hopeful, and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If there’s anyone that can afford coming through a student visa I would recommend that rather than the join family process. It’s not worth the emotional roller coaster at all.

Is there anyone awaiting an appeal decision right now?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 1:45pm On Apr 08, 2022
Hello everyone,

Since we can't receive any exact processing dates from the Ireland embassy in Nigeria, I figured it could be helpful if everyone shared the current waiting times of their application. May not be fully accurate, but could give us a sense of how much longer we may have to wait in these trying times!

8bitgee mentioned some couples received a response after about 8 months. Has anyone's currently exceeded this 8 months? Data would be encouraging right now!

I can open the floor. September 2021 (7 months), still waiting.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 2:24pm On Apr 08, 2022
I know someone who applied in early August, 2021 whose visa was approved on Monday 4th April, 2022. I know another brother who applied in mid August that is yet to hear back.

Ours was submitted in mid-September, 2021, meaning it's going on 7 months in a few days.

I may be wrong, however, it appears the applications are left in storage until it's > 6 months since they were submitted.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 4:53pm On Apr 08, 2022
8BitGee:
I know someone who applied in early August, 2021 whose visa was approved on Monday 4th April, 2022. I know another brother who applied in mid August that is yet to hear back.

Ours was submitted in mid-September, 2021, meaning it's going on 7 months in a few days.

I may be wrong, however, it appears the applications are left in storage until it's > 6 months since they were submitted.

Interesting. That's very possible as I'm convinced there could be some throttling causing this. Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully we are close to the end.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 1:22pm On Apr 11, 2022
scholesy18:


Interesting. That's very possible as I'm convinced there could be some throttling causing this. Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully we are close to the end.

Hi guys, did anyone hear back this morning. I saw a lot refusals and just one approval in what looked like join-family applications made around August 2021. Many broken hearts and dreams. And the appeals process does sound even more daunting, it's terrifying.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by barrack04: 9:47pm On Apr 11, 2022
For everyone waiting for a decision, continue to pray and trust in God. Don't pressurize the visa office.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 12:46pm On Apr 12, 2022
8BitGee:


Hi guys, did anyone hear back this morning. I saw a lot refusals and just one approval in what looked like join-family applications made around August 2021. Many broken hearts and dreams. And the appeals process does sound even more daunting, it's terrifying.

Reading this just gave me the chills. It's well.
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by scholesy18(m): 4:07pm On Apr 14, 2022
Olaiyatunnex:
Decision is supposed to be out within 3 months for critical skills and that's normal, anything after that means something is wrong. Strong and detailed application is needed to be put forward, pls email olaiyatunnex@gmail.com sometimes some people need to get vital info from people that have gone through the process so as to put in a strong application.


Decision should be within 3 months but this has not been the case for the Ireland embassy in NG in the past year+, maybe due to covid.
At the moment the current processing time, which you will get from the embassy is 6-12 months whether you're a CSEP holder or not. It almost looks like there's no distinction again.

Do you know anyone who recently received feedback in 3 months (From the embassy in Nigeria)?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by Blueberry111112: 7:07am On Apr 23, 2022
Anyone got information to share on this please?

scholesy18:


Decision should be within 3 months but this has not been the case for the Ireland embassy in NG in the past year+, maybe due to covid.
At the moment the current processing time, which you will get from the embassy is 6-12 months whether you're a CSEP holder or not. It almost looks like there's no distinction again.

Do you know anyone who recently received feedback in 3 months (From the embassy in Nigeria)?
Re: Irish Join Family Visa Enquiries Part 0 by 8BitGee(m): 2:40pm On Apr 25, 2022
scholesy18:


Decision should be within 3 months but this has not been the case for the Ireland embassy in NG in the past year+, maybe due to covid.
At the moment the current processing time, which you will get from the embassy is 6-12 months whether you're a CSEP holder or not. It almost looks like there's no distinction again.

Do you know anyone who recently received feedback in 3 months (From the embassy in Nigeria)?

Hi @scholesy18, did you get any news today? Only one of the three join-family looking application numbers was approved this morning.

Has anyone else heard back?

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