Cyberattacks halt visa applications at the Irish Embassy in Turkey

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The IRISH EMBASSY in Turkey is temporarily unable to process visa applications due to “persistent” cyber attacks, according to the embassy.

Moreover, he warned that he could not “effectively” respond to consular requests.

The Embassy posted a notice on social media this morning advising that cyberattacks were interrupting its services.

“[The] The Irish Embassy regrets that due to ongoing cyber attacks we are currently unable to process visa applications and respond effectively to consular queries,” she said.

“The attacks have been brought to the attention of the relevant authorities.”

The newspaper asked the Foreign Office for comment.

The embassy, ​​headed by Ambassador Sonya McGuiness, is located in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

It handles Irish visa applications from people in Turkey, as well as Azerbaijan and Qatar.

The wait for a visa to be processed at the embassy ranges from two weeks for a long-term job to six months for a long-stay English study visa and six to 12 months for a visa to join a Member of the family.

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The Embassy also provides consular services to Irish citizens, such as registration of births abroad and emergency assistance.

In February, a major defense force report warned that Ireland should boost its military intelligence and cybersecurity capabilities to counter spy threats.

The report recommended recruiting 100 additional cyber defense specialists into the Defense Forces.

In Ireland, the Turkish Embassy separately informed the public of a planned two-hour disruption to e-visa applications on Thursday morning, attributed to routine work.

“Since the infrastructure works will be performed on Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. (the bank through which payments are made) on June 9, 2022 between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., e-visa applications will not be made within the above-mentioned period,” the Turkish Embassy said.

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