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Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in March 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 31 March, 2014.

Some 3,900 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Notice to INIS Customers re: Possible fraud

INIS wishes to remind our customers to be vigilant against fraudulent activity currently being targeted at some applicants. INIS understands that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person(s) purporting to be from INIS demanding that they must pay a fine or be arrested.

This is an attempted fraud. Fees for various services charged by INIS are published on the INIS website and payable to INIS as part of the application process. Other than the published list of fess, no other fees are charged. Customers should note that INIS has no legal authority to demand the payment of a fine or threaten the arrest of an individual.

Do not give details of your immigration application to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are. If someone demands payment of a fine, contact INIS and the Garda Síochána.

 

Updated and revised - Arrangements for non-EEA doctors

Updated and revised: Arrangements for non-EEA doctors (including locum doctors) agreed between INIS, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. For full details see Non-EEA Doctors - Immigration Arrangements.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in January 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 20th January, 2014.
Some 3,120 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

New Addresses for Naturalisation Applications from 7 January 2014

Please note: The addresses to which applications for a Certificate of naturalisation should be sent have changed. For full details see New Addresses for Naturalisation Applications from 7 January 2014.

 

Immigration in Ireland – 2013 in Review

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published the annual review of immigration related activity in Ireland for 2013. Providing details of key immigration figures, Minister Shatter also reported on progress in 2013 in delivering his programme of reform in the immigration area and indicated some of his priorities for 2014. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Shatter publishes immigration policy guidelines on Family Reunification

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published new policy guidelines for dealing with family reunification applications in the Immigration system.  The guidelines are intended to provide for greater transparency in the immigration decision making process and also to set out in detail the reasoning behind the policies.  Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

New arrangements for non-EEA doctors

New arrangements for non-EEA doctors (including locum doctors) have been agreed between INIS, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation regarding the immigration and employment permits regime to be applied in respect of non-EEA doctors working in the State.  For full details see Non-EEA Doctors - Immigration Arrangements.

 

Thailand added to Visa Waiver Programme

From Monday, 18 November 2013, citizens of Thailand will be able to avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme. The Programme allows visitors or business people from eighteen countries who have lawfully entered the UK, including Northern Ireland, on a valid UK visa, to travel on to Ireland without the requirement to obtain an Irish visa. Official figures show that there was a 38% increase in the number of visitors from the countries involved in 2012 compared to 2010, the last full year before the introduction of the Programme. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in October 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 21st October, 2013.
Some 3,800 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Opening of new Reception facilities at Burgh Quay: 

New reception facilities for visitors and customers to the offices if the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service at Burgh Quay will be opened from Monday 16th September.  The existing entrance is being retained for staff only.  

The work is part of a wider programme of measures designed to improve its services to customers using our Burgh Quay Offices. For example, plans are also being developed for the introduction of an on-line appointments system for both registration and visa re-entry applicants which will enable customers to know with certainty when they will be dealt with, thus completely eliminating the need for people to queue for these services. The development of the new reception facilities is a prerequisite to these plans.  

Further information in relation to re-entry visas  http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Re-entry visas

 

Notice to INIS Customers re: Possible fraud

It has come to the attention of INIS that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS indicating that they must pay a fine of €500. They quote the INIS helpline number which is freely available on our website and other publications to indicate some kind of legitimacy.

This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to payment for services. Fees for various services are published on the website and payable to INIS as part of the application process. The payment of "fines" does not arise.

Applicants are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are. If someone demands payment of a fine, contact INIS and the Garda Síochána.

 

Subsidiary Protection – IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION!

The INIS (Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service) is currently revising Subsidiary Protection Application procedures. Please click on the following link New arrangements for processing applications for Subsidiary Protection for further details.

 

Return of Nigerian and Ghanaian Nationals

9 persons were removed from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana on Wednesday 14th August 2013, under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

The deportation was part of a joint operation led by the UK Immigration authorities. 1 person was in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

The Atypical Working Scheme will be implemented with effect from 2 September 2013

This Scheme applies to non-EEA nationals who, in certain circumstances, are required by a company/organisation based in the State to undertake short term work where a skill shortage has been identified, or to provide a specialised or high skill to an industry, business or academic institution. For further information or to download an Application Form see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines.

 

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.

 

INIS Línte Cabhrach Teileafóin - INIS Telephone Helplines.

"Mar chuid de uasghrádú straitéiseacha na Roinne a córais Teileafón, beidh INIS ag tabhairt isteach córas nua i mí Lúnasa. Mar sin féin, beidh de thréimhse ghearr ama nuair nach mbeidh sé indéanta a chur ar fáil teachtaireachtaí nGaeilge agus i mBéarla araon ar a línte cabhrach teileafóin. Beidh sé seo go deireanach ar feadh roinnt seachtaine ach beidh INIS iarracht tréimhse seo a choinneáil ar íosmhéid.

"As part of a Department strategic upgrade of its Telephone systems, INIS will be introducing a new system in August. However, there will be a short period of time when it will not be possible to provide both Irish and English messages on its telephone help lines. This will last for a number of week but INIS will endeavour to keep this period to a minimum".

 

Improvement to Customer Facilities at Burgh Quay Offices

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is working to improve facilities for customers who visit its Burgh Quay Offices. A new reception facility is being created which will be dedicated to customers and visitors. The existing entrance is being retained for staff only. 

The work is part of a wider programme of measures designed to improve its services to customers using our Burgh Quay Offices. For example, plans are also being developed for the introduction of an on-line appointments system for both registration and visa re-entry applicants which will enable customers to know with certainty when they will be dealt with, thus completely eliminating the need for people to queue for these services. The development of the new reception facilities is a prerequisite to these plans. 

The works are scheduled to commence on site on 12th July and are planned to be completed by early September. The works are timed to minimise the amount of disruption caused to customers and where possible the noisier tasks will be carried out outside of public opening hours. We would ask you to bear with us during the period of the works which are designed to improve our services into the future.

Further information in relation to re-entry visas http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Re-entry visas .

 

Shatter announces changes to Immigrant Investor Programme

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter, TD today announced some significant changes in the Immigrant Investor Programme operated by his Department. The changes, which were agreed by the Government this week, followed a review of the operation of the programme after its first year and are intended to make the programme more attractive to potential investors. Read the Minister's press release .

 

Return of Congolese Nationals

10 persons were removed from Ireland to be returned to Kinshasa, DR Congo, 16th June 2013 . The return was part of an operation led by Belgium via Brussels to Kinshasa and organised through the FRONTEX network.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in July 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Thursday 4th July, 2013.
Some 4,500 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in May 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 20th May 2013.

Some 2080 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

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.

 

Return of Pakistani and Nigerian Nationals

A total 10 persons were deported from Ireland to Islamabad, Pakistan and to Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday 24th April under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of two joint operations led by the Spanish and Dutch Immigration Authorities, respectively.

 

Return of Nigerian Nationals

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 21st March, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation with the United Kingdom Border Agency.

 

Return of Nigerian Nationals

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Monday 25th February, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation with the United Kingdom Border Agency. 4 of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

Return of Georgian Nationals 

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Tbilisi, Georgia on 13 February, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. All 7 deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

DUBLIN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY IN MARCH 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 11th March, 2013.

Some 3000 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

11 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 24th January 2013 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. Two of the deportees were in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

Immigration in Ireland - 2012 in review and priorities for 2013.

Minister Shatter publishes key figures on immigration related activity in Ireland in 2012 and outlines broad plans for further reform of the immigration system in 2013. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

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.

 

Establishment of a Case Processing Panel

Information Note and Application Form.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is establishing a temporary Case Processing Panel.

An information note and an application form are available at the link below.

Establishment of a Case Processing Panel, Information Note and Application Form 

 

Registration Certificate Fee:

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter T.D., with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, has decided to increase the fee for the issue of a registration certificate to non-nationals lawfully present in the State with effect from next Monday 19 November, 2012.

For further details please see our Immigration Registration webpage.

 

2004 Student Probationary Extension 

NOTICE

2004 Student Probationary Extension
Students residing in Ireland from before 1 January 2005

* Additional information for employers has been added to this notice (04/09/12)

* Additional information for trainee accountants has been added to this notice (12/09/12)

 

Deportation of Pakistani Nationals

On 25 October 2012, in a deportation operation led by Spain and organised through the EU FRONTEX network, 19 persons were deported from Ireland to Pakistan under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Five of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

9 persons were deported from Ireland to Tbilisi, Georgia on 11 October, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. Six of the deportees were in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

Working Holiday Programme

On 1 January 2013 the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will introduce a Working Holiday Programme for young people who are holders of a Republic of China (Taiwan) passport. This will be a reciprocal arrangement with the Republic of China (Taiwan) who will introduce a similar programme for young people who are holders of an Irish passport on the same date.

The Working Holiday Programme is designed to promote an appreciation of culture and way of life between Ireland and other countries and territorial entities.

Full information regarding the programme along with details of the application procedure will be posted on this website shortly.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in October 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 15 October 2012.

Some 2400 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

13 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 12/13 September, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. Two of the deportees were in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

 

Unavailability of General Immigration Help-line 

Please note that due to a technical fault the General Immigration help line is currently not available. As soon as the problem is rectified this message will be updated.

 

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

Victims Of Domestic Violence (Size 59KB) This document is a pdf 

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

18 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 20 June 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. One of the deportees had been convicted in Ireland of a number of serious criminal offences.

 

Deportation of Ghanian nationals

8 persons were deported from Ireland to Accra, Ghana on 17 May, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation led by the UK Border Agency.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in June 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Thursday 14 June 2012.

Some 4000 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

On 27 April 2012, in a deportation operation organised through the EU FRONTEX network, 7 persons were removed from Ireland and returned to Georgia.

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

12 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 18th April 2012 under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland was one of a number of EU countries which participated in the deportation operation organised through the EU Frontex Network.

 

Minister Shatter waives visa requirements for holders of Olympics Accreditation

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D, has announced that his Department will accept the Olympic accreditation document issued by the London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) to competitors, coaches, officials and media representatives in lieu of an Irish visa.The waiver applies to visits to or transit through Ireland for the period leading up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London this summer.

This initiative further supports the Minister’s objective to restructure the immigration system to encourage and facilitate business and tourism activity. Other such measures include the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme which has been extended for a further period of four years and the new immigration programmes for investors and entrepreneurs. Read the Minister's Press Release. 

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in April 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Sunday, 01 April 2012.
Some 4000 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

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.

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

21 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 7th March 2012 under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland was one of a number of EU countries which participated in the deportation operation organised through the EU Frontex Network. A number of deportees had serious criminal convictions for offences including theft, drug possession and supply and violent assault.

 

Immigration in Ireland 2011 – a year-end snapshot – major changes and more to follow

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, has today published key figures on immigration related activity in Ireland in 2011. He also signalled his broad plans for further significant reforms of the immigration system in 2012. Read the Minister's Press Release. 

 

Ireland-UK agreement to further secure the Common Travel Area

Minister Shatter has signed an agreement with the UK Minister for Immigration reinforcing Ireland and the UK's commitment to preserving the Common Travel Area and to take joint action to tackle immigration abuses. This will include the exchange of information such as fingerprints and biographical details on visa applicants, particularly from high risk countries. Read the Minister's Press Statement. Read the Joint Agreement.

 

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals 

On 14 December 2011, 19 persons were removed from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland ws one of a number of countries which participated in the deportation operation which was organised therough the EU Frontex Network.

 

Cork Citizenship Ceremony in December 2011

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in City Hall, Eglinton Street, Cork on Friday 9th December 2011.  635 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Deportation of Pakistan Nationals

On 24 November 2011, 13 persons were removed from Ireland to Pakistan under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 as part of an operation organised through the European Union FRONTEX network.

 

Application Fee for Citizenship Applications

An application fee for all applications for a Certificate of Naturalisation has been introduced with effect from 10 November 2011.

Read the Minister's Press Release.

Further information is also available through this link to Application Forms and Guidance Notes.

 

Advance Passenger information

The Minister for Justice , Equality & Defence Alan Shatter T.D. has signed a new law requesting airlines to provide Advance Passenger Information.

This new measure which is aimed at improving border control and combating illegal imigration will be introduced before the end of 2011and will apply to all inbound flights to Ireland from outside the EU. Read the Minister's Press Release

 

Immigration and Citizenship Law amended by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011

The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011 was enacted by the Oireachtas on 27 July, 2011 and was signed into law by the President on 3 August, 2011. The new legislation provides for a number of amendments to Immigration and Citizenship law. Read more about the new legislation.

 

Changes to citizenship application processing announced

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, on 16 June 2011 provided details of a package of measures aimed at reforming the processing of citizenship applications.

The new initiatives which are currently being implemented will mean that, save in exceptional circumstances, persons applying for citizenship will be given a decision on their application within six months. The reforms also include the introduction of a citizenship ceremony which will serve to elevate the status of the granting of Irish citizenship and celebrate a major event in the lives of immigrants.

Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

On 14 June 2011, 13 persons were removed from Ireland to Georgia under section 9 of the Immigration Act 1999 as part of an operation organised through the European Union FRONTEX network. A number of those removed from the State had been convicted of criminal offences by the Irish courts and had served prison sentences.

 

Holiday and other Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

Ireland's first formal visa waiver programme came into effect on 1 July 2011.

From 1 July 2011, nationals from 16 countries who obtain a visa to enter the UK for a short term visit and wish to travel from there to Ireland will not require an additional visa for Ireland.

The countries to whom the scheme applies are as follows –

  • Eastern Europe: Belarus, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine 
  • Middle East: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
  • Other Asian: India, Kazakhstan, Peoples Republic of China , Uzbekistan

The programme forms a central part of the new Government’s Tourism policy and Job Creation Initiative.

Read more about the scheme on our Visa Waiver Programme Information Note.

 

Sham marriages - an abuse of EU freedom of movement rights

Minister Shatter alerts EU Ministers to highly irregular patterns of marriage in Ireland involving EU nationals and third country nationals in the context of the exercise of EU freedom of movement rights.Read the Minister' Press Release.