Can I (re)enter the Republic of Ireland from my home country with in 45-50 days of my last visit.
April 24, 2012 3:04 PM Subscribe
I am planning on reentering Ireland (Republic) from the U.S. approximately 45-50 days after last visit. Will I have a problem.
I am a U.S. citizen traveling in a U.S. passport. Between Oct. 2011 and April 2012 I spent 125 days in Ireland (three trips). I did receive formal permission from Immigration to extend my last trip past 90 days. I want to return for 6 weeks beginning in late May. I have been impeccable in following the rules as we spend a significant part of the year there. I have submitted a formal request, and documentation, to stay up to a year but doubt if I will hear before I need to book tickets for my May visit. I have also emailed appropriate immigration authorities with this question and not received a response. I will be returning this winter for 4-5 months but the May visit is with my daughter who has a limited travel window.
I have searched, researched and re-searched the web without a clear answer as to whether I can return this soon.
I have read: 1) I can enter Ireland as many times as I want as long as I return to my home country between visits (which I did). 2) I can not stay more than 90 days with in any 180 day period, 3) I have to return to my home country for at least the length of time as my last stay in Ireland (which was 100 days).
It is possible there is no clear answer to this and it is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. I will be taking documentation of financial self sufficiency, private health insurance and lodging. I realize this is quite a technical question but my last resort before purchasing tickets and winging it. Unless i discover it is clearly not permitted I plan on going--if turned away I am going to the UK to visit a friend for several weeks and will reschedule my daughters visit. Any clarification or specific anecdotal evidence would be appreciated. BTW, I did call the Irish consulate toll number re: Visa information and they said this is an immigration, not visa question, and they are unable to answer it.