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How to renew a visa?

How do I renew a visa on Irembo?

The service allows users to renew their expired visa. The processing time is 7 working days and the price depends on the case.

Application for visa extension shall be submitted online or at Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices.   

Detailed requirements are set out in the Information for applicants for each class of visa.

List of Visa Classes that can be extended 

SUB CLASS V1 (HOLIDAY) and SUB CLASS V2 (FAMILY VISIT) valid for 30days on a single entry and 90 days for multiples entries together.

SUB CLASS V10 (BRIDGING VISA) validity not exceeding 90 days may be extended in exceptional circumstances  

 SUB CLASS V3-2: ACREDITED DIPLOMAT valid for 2 years 

SUB CLASS V4 (JOB SEARCH) valid for 90 days,

SUB CLASS V6 (prospective investor, entrepreneur or trader) valid for 90 days

SUB CLASS V7 (medical treatment) valid for 90 days

 SUB CLASS V9 (ITINERANT BUSINESS) valid from 2-10 years 

SUB CLASS V12 (RECIPROCITY) valid for 10 years are renewable.

Extension of a visa should be applied for while initial visas remain valid.

A grace period of 5 days after a visa has expired is allowed for a person to either depart or renew their visa without a penalty; otherwise, the person will be subjected to a penalty and a visa extension may be denied.

To avoid penalties, the applicant should apply/renew visa in time before expiration of current visa. Penalty fee is FRW 50,000 for a delay of 6 to 15 days. Article 58 of the Ministerial Order establishing procedures and regulations categorizes other penalties from 16 days to 9 months and above.

It is very simple! Here is what you need:

  1. Visit Irembo Platform.

  1. Click on Visa application UNDER Immigration and Emigration

  1. Choose Renew visa and click on Apply

  1. Fill in all demographic details (surname, other names, date of birth, profession, occupation, gender, civil status, father s names, mother s names, country of birth, city of birth, current country, current address, nationality and another nationality if you have one)

  1. Fill in visa details (select visa type, Residence details, current document type, fill in document number, issued date, expiry date, phone number and email)

  1. Attach the required attachments with the required format and size


AttachmentsTo upload all the bellow attachments, you click on the blue button with a PLUS sign in it , go to the folder where you saved your document click on it and click on open. It will be uploaded


-Copy of passport Biodata page (Format PDF, SIZE 500KB)

-Photo with white background (Format JPG, SIZE 500KB)

-Application letter (Format PDF, SIZE 500KB)


  1. Click on next, fill in your phone number/email and submit

  • After submitting the application, you will receive an application number (B200901215051H2PH) and your application will be having status submitted.