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Return of Nigerian Nationals
6 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday 5th June, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of an operation led by Austria organised through the EU FRONTEX network.
For the attention of applicants for Re-entry Visas
Major improvement works are due to commence to the public reception and waiting areas of the Public Office in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) at Burgh Quay, Dublin in the 3rd week of June 2013. The works will last for a number of weeks. During this time, there will be restrictions on the number of personal callers which the Re-entry Visa Office will be able to deal with daily. Please see Re-entry visas for full details of the the expected disruption.
Return of Albanian Nationals
A total of 15 persons were deported from Ireland to Tirana, Albania on Thursday 16th May, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a European Frontex operation led by Ireland. 5 of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.
Trials of ‘self-service’ automated border control technology at Dublin Airport
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, announced on 10th May 2013 that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has started six month trials of automated border control gates (e-gates) at Terminal One, Dublin Airport. This is the first time that e-gates have been used in Ireland for immigration purposes. Read the Minister's Press Release.
Subsidiary Protection – IMPORTANT NOTICE!
The INIS (Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service) is currently revising Subsidiary Protection Application procedures. Please click on the following link Revision of Subsidiary Protection Application Procedures for further details.
New Initiatives between the Department of Justice and Equality (INIS) and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
The implementation of new initiatives agreed by INIS and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will give rise to changes in certain immigration procedures. These initiatives and associated changes will be implemented in two phases . Please click here for further details.
New Address for Citizenship Applications
For LODGING NEW APPLICATIONS ONLY the address is:
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
PO Box 73
For ALL OTHER CITIZENSHIP CORRESPONDENCE the address is:
Department of Justice and Equality Office
Notice to Non National Parants of Irish Born Children
NOTICE TO NON NATIONAL PARENTS OF IRISH BORN CHILDREN BORN IN THE STATE BEFORE 1 JANUARY 2005, WHO WERE INITIALLY GRANTED PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE UNDER THE IBC/05 SCHEME AND WHO WERE SUBSEQUENTLY GRANTED RENEWED PERMISSION in 2007 and 2010.
An arrangement has been put in place for the further renewal of permission to remain in the State to non-nationals who are the parents of an Irish born child, born in the State before 1 January 2005, who were initially granted permission to remain in the State under the Irish Born Child Scheme, 2005 (IBC/05) and who were subsequently granted further permission to remain in 2007 and 2010. Please see the latest renewal details by clicking on this link to Irish Born Child Renewals.
Guidelines for Victims of Domestic Violence
INIS has now published guidelines for dealing with cases where a person who is the victim of domestic violence wishes to obtain immigration status independent of that of the perpetrator.
Minister Shatter announces extension of Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., today announced Government agreement for the extension of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme for a further period of four years. This initiative, introduced for the first time last year, was welcomed as a very positive step in encouraging visitors to Ireland. The programme had originally been due to last until the end of October this year but on consideration of a review of the Programme, the Government agreed to extend its duration.
The Minister also announced the following changes to the Programme;
Bosnia and Herzegovina will be added to the existing list of 16 countries already covered by the Programme;
As a further measure to encourage tourism, the fee for visas will be waived for long-term residents from the countries covered by the Programme who live in the Schengen area. This will be reviewed after six months. Read the Minister's Press Release.