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Notice to INIS Customers re: Possible Fraud
8 April 2016
It has come to our attention that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS.
The caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day. They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation. This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.
This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.
Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are. If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.
Proof of finance for new non-EEA students: Bankers’ Drafts now acceptable
7 April 2016
From today, non-EEA students can also use Bankers' Drafts to show they have enough money to support themselves during their initial stay in Ireland. This change will help students who have had problems opening a bank account because they do not yet have a Public Service Number (PPSN). To use this option, the student’s banker’s draft:
- Must be the original (not a photocopy).
- Must show the student’s full name.
- Must show it is for the minimum amount of €3,000.
- Must not be made out to 'cash'.
- A cheque cannot be used as an alternative.
This change has been made by INIS and Garda National Immigration Bureau and will continue until further notice.
Celebrating our history and our shared future
23 March 2016
This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising 2016 and is a very special year in the history of our country. It is a year for all of the people of Ireland; one in which we can all reflect on what it means to be Irish.
Change of date for Citizenship Ceremony
22 March 2016
The Citizenship Ceremony scheduled for Friday 15 April 2016 has been deferred and will now take place on Tuesday 26 April 2016. A letter has issued to all those who are scheduled to attend.
Publication of 'Immigration in Ireland: Annual Review 2015'
3 March 2016
The Department of Justice and Equality has published Immigration in Ireland: Annual Review 2015, which summarises the activities of INIS, the Department and its related agencies across the Immigration and International Protection sphere.
Atypical Working Scheme for Non-EEA Crew Members (Irish Fishing Fleet)
15 February 2016
Following a series of recommendations made by the Government Task Force in December 2015 regarding non-EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet, it has been decided that such crew members working in the “whitefish fleet” will come under the Atypical Working Scheme. Contracts must be certified by a practicing solicitor as being in compliance with the conditions for the employment of the non-EEA crew members and contracts must be lodged with the Central Depository (CDPA) for Sea-Fishing Boats at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty, Co Cork.
For the first three months from date of commencement of the initiative, applications will be confined to crew members who have already been working in the industry in the State. Thereafter all applications under the Atypical Working Scheme in respect of crew members must be made from outside the State.
For further information and Application Form please see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines for Crew Members (Fishing Fleet)
For general information about the Atypical Working Scheme please see Atypical working scheme: General
Introduction of new Stamp for students using Third Level Graduate Scheme (Stamp 1G)
25 January 2016
At present, third level non-EEA students graduating with Irish degree awards can avail of an extension of their immigration permission under the The Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme allows legally resident non - EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purposes of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit.
The stamp the students receive currently is a Stamp 2. For the purpose of greater clarity for both students and employers and to distinguish this group from other non- EEA students it has been decided to introduce a new immigration stamp to cater for those who are availing of the scheme.