I am a British citizen who moved to the Republic of Ireland and trying to bring my mother to Ireland to live with me who is a Pakistani national. I applied for my mother's visa on her behalf on the 21st February and now it has been nearly 4 months and I still have not recieved any response of the decision which I check it every Tuesday online:


I did contact the visamail@justice.ie and they simply responded with similar to what is already written on their website:

The application referred to is currently awaiting examination.

Due to the large volume of applications of this type, the visa office is currently experiencing some delays in the processing of applications. While every effort is made to process these applications as soon as possible, processing times will vary, having regard to the volume of applications, their complexity, the possible need for the visa office to seek further information in relation to certain applications, and the resources available.

I would like to know if that long wait is actually normal and if so, what is the maximum time wait that can be expected? My mother and I are both separated since nearly 4 months now and she is all alone at a old peoples care home and I really miss her and need her to be with me in Ireland instead.

Stupid question but is there anything else I can do to speed up the process?

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    You can try SOLVIT: ec.europa.eu/solvit/index%5Fen.htm – phoog Jun 10 '17 at 23:55
  • thanks @phoog, as per the EU law, would you know if there is a certain time limit within which the Irish authorities must give a decision to the applied visa. I am asking as one of the question on SOLVIT is: Do you believe the authority is breaching your EU rights? It has been nearly 4 months and the Irish authority wouldn't be exactly breaching my EU rights if the time limit of Irish authority to respond with a decision is for example 6 months as per EU law. – Hamza Jun 11 '17 at 0:12
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    It's supposed to be granted within a couple of weeks, "on the basis of an accelerated procedure" or something like that. – phoog Jun 11 '17 at 0:13
  • Maybe you should wait until it's 6 months from the date you submitted the application?... On inis.gov.ie (inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Current_Processing_Times) it says " If your sponsor in Ireland is an Irish/EU citizen, We aim to process your application within 6 months after we receive all your necessary documents. " So if also the Irish citizens have the same timeline why should you worry? .. I suggest you to have patience! – Sayed A. Jun 13 '17 at 18:00
  • I checked for decision online today but still decision has not been given yet. Next week on the 21st August, it will be 6 months since the submission of the visa application. I will then check again day after for the visa decision as it is updated every Tuesday. If there is no response, what shall I do? This is really frustrating and keeping me worried day and night! I can't sleep thinking of my mother being all lonely without her son! Every time I ring her, she asks me to take her with me. My apologies Sayed A. for not having patience. Shall I submit application through SOLVIT, phoog? – Hamza Aug 15 '17 at 11:17

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