I have to travel to both Dublin, Ireland and London, UK on short 2 day duration trips. Since both require visa for my country to enter, I started the Irish visa process and paid the fees. I later realized that they have something called as Common Travel Area thing where you can travel to both on a single visa from one. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-irish-visa-scheme/british-irish-visa-scheme#visiting-the-uk-and-ireland
Now I am confused on what to do. If I end up applying for both the visas one after the other, the turnaround time means that it will take about 6 weeks for me to get both the visas. The Irish visa thing in the policy mentioned above covers four short term visas but doesn't cover the one I applied for which is
Short Stay-Other. My option seems to be to apply for the UK visa and then use that to travel to Ireland and just forget about the loss on fees for the Irish visa. Does this make sense?
Also, if I am not understanding the CTA policy correctly, do clarify on that as well. Thanks.