Berkeley Solicitors has been informed from a number of clients that are submitting visa applications via VFS centres that their original documents are not being retained for the processing of their applications.
We have recently received confirmation that VFS staff act on behalf of the Department of Justice in accessing original documents for the purposes of visa applications.
We are advised that staff at the VFS centres assess the Applicant’s original documents for the required attestations and then scan these documents.
We have been advised that the original documents are then handed back to the Applicants and are not passed on to ISD officials for the processing of such applications.
We have been informed that this practice is currently being enacted on a phased bases across Irish visa offices globally.
This is a point of great concern as we understand the ISD requirements require submission of original documents in support of visa applications.
We have always advised our clients that original, attested documents are extremely important for a visa application, and it therefore causes much concern when they are not accepted for the processing of an application.
We request that the policy in respect of providing original documents for visa applications is published on the ISD website so that Applicants are aware of the current procedure.