News and Events

 

Changes to the employment entitlements of non-EEA Students holding Immigration Stamp 2

02 August 2016

Employment entitlements are changing from 1 September 2016 for non-EEA students holding a valid permission Stamp 2. They will be permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of June, July, August and September only - and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. At all other times students with Stamp 2 permission will be limited to 20 hours work per week.

Read the full details of the student notice here

 

New online appointment system for immigration registration

13 July 2016

An online appointment booking system for registering with immigration is on the way. This system will allow you to book an appointment at a time that suits you and means no more queues for tickets. The system is at an advanced stage and will be launched in the Autumn.

Read a longer description about the new online appointment system

 

Press Release | Tánaiste Fitzgerald meets European Counterparts to discuss migration

07 July 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD today attended a meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Bratislava. The focus of today’s meeting was migration and border controls.

Read the Minister's full press release here.

 

Press Release | Tánaiste to discuss the Migration Crisis with EU Counterparts in Bratislava

07 July 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD is in Bratislava today (Thursday) to attend a two-day meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers at the beginning of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Read the Minister's full press release here.

 

Press Release | Tánaiste confirms plans to accept 260 more refugees under resettlement programme

06 July 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today confirmed she will send a selection team to Lebanon to select an additional 260 refugees under the Refugee Resettlement Programme.

Read the Minister's full press release here.

 

Speech | Address by Minister of State David Stanton TD on Private Members Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2016

29 June 2016

Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD addressed the House today to respond on behalf of the Government to the Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2016, which has been introduced by Senator David Norris.

Read Minister Stanton's speech here.

 

Notice to INIS Customers | Possible Fraud

23 June 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.

 

Speech | Address by Minister Stanton at Inclusive Centenaries Conference Galway

17 June 2016

Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Mr David Stanton, TD, gave an address at the Inclusive Centenaries conference at NUI Galway.

Read Minister Stanton's speech here.

 

Tánaiste and Minister Stanton welcome significant progress on Direct Provision and supports for asylum seekers.

16 June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Minister of State for Equality, Migration and Integration, David Stanton TD have provided a progress update on the Report of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and other Supports for Asylum Seekers.

Read the full statement.

 

Citizenship ceremony | Next ceremony will be held on Monday 19 September in Dublin

15 June 2016

The next Citizenship Ceremony will take place on Monday 19 September at the Convention Centre in Dublin. At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish Citizens.

Read more about Citizenship Ceremonies.

 

Press Release | Minister Stanton addresses Immigrant Council of Ireland conference

09 June 2016

Mr David Stanton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality today addressed the Immigrant Council of Ireland conference - "A Call to Action and Unity: Forming Ireland’s Response to the Refugee and Migration Crisis" - which brought together representatives of Government, NGOs and the academic sector.

Read the Minister's full press release here.

 

Travelling to Ireland with children under 18

03 June 2016

If you wish to enter Ireland with a child under 18, an immigration officer can ask you to prove your relationship. This is particularly important if the child is not your own son or daughter, has a different surname to you or is part of a group you are responsible for, eg a school tour. This is to help protect vulnerable children.

Read more about travelling to Ireland with children under 18.

 

Press Release | Tánaiste Fitzgerald attends Justice & Home Affairs Council on migration crisis

20 May 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, is today attending the Justice and Home Affairs Council at the EU in Brussels. She spoke of Ireland's assistance on the migration crisis.

Read the Minister's full press release here.

 

Notice to INIS Customers | 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.

Read more about what being Irish means for Ireland's newest citizens.

 

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. Access the report here..

 

Atypical Working Scheme - 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. The Task Force Report may be viewed here – http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/publications/2015/TaskForceReport141215.pdf

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 - Crew Members (Fishing Fleet). For general information about the Atypical Working Scheme please see Atypical working scheme: General.

 

100 New Citizens to be Naturalised on 4th March

04 February 2016

As part of the the 1848 Tricolour Celebrations for 2016 100 applicants for Citizenship will receive their certificates of Nationality at a special ceremony in Waterford City Hall on Friday 4th March. The 100 Applicants have previously been contacted by Citizenship Division and formal invitations will issue shortly.

 

Citizenship Ceremonies in the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday 15 April 2016

02 February 2016

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Friday 15 April 2016.

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.

 

Introduction of new Stamp for students availing of the Third Level Graduate Scheme – Stamp 1G

Notice to Colleges and Student 

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. Read the full details of this new stamp here.

 

 

Important Notice for Re-entry Visa applicants

4 January, 2016.

Applicants for re-entry visas are reminded that attendance at the Re-entry Visa Public Office is by appointment only.

If you wish to attend the Public Office in person, you must first make an appointment on-line by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie

A limited number of emergency appointments are available each day. These must be booked on-line and are only available in the immediate unforeseen event of a family bereavement or serious illness abroad of a family member, and you must be travelling within the next two days. Documentary evidence is required.

The easiest way to apply for a re-entry visa is by registered post. There is no necessity to attend at the Public Office and INIS urges all applicants to make full use of the postal service insofar as possible. Postal applications should always be the first option and are processed as quickly as possible, usually within 10 working days or so.

You should ensure that the correct documentation is supplied with your application which will help to speed up the process (see website for further information), and allow plenty of time in advance of any travel.

 

Re-Entry Visas (INIS) & Garda National Immigration Bureau 

Public Office hours for Christmas & New Year

Public Office hours are as follows:-

 

Re-entry Visas (INIS)

Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd December                             Normal office hours

Thursday 24th, December                                                        Closed to the public

Friday 25th and Monday 28th December                                  Closed

Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st December      Open to the public from 9.30am - 12.30pm

Friday 1st  January, 2016                                                         Closed

Normal opening hours will resume from 8am on Monday 4th January 2016.

 

Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

GNIB will be closing to the public from 1.00  pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 and will not re-open for normal business until 8am on Monday 4th  January 2016.

 

Citizenship Telephone Helpline

Please note that the Citizenship telephone help-line will not be available on the following dates:

24th December 2015, 29th December 2015 and 31st December 2015.

Queries can continue to be sent to the dedicated e-mail address: citizenshipinfo@justice.ie

The telephone help-line will re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

 

Important Notice for Re-entry Visa applicants

11 December, 2015.

Applicants for re-entry visas are reminded that attendance at the Re-entry Visa Public Office is by appointment only. If you wish to attend the Public Office in person, you must first make an appointment on-line by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie

The easiest way to apply for a re-entry visa is by registered post. There is no necessity to attend at the Public Office and INIS urges all applicants to make full use of the postal service insofar as possible. Postal applications should always be the first option and are processed as quickly as possible.

 

International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage – Dáil Éireann

10 December 2015

Minister Fitzgerald introduces the International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage to Dáil Éireann. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)

10 December 2015

Updated information on the revised implementation date; a clarification note on holiday arrangements and guidelines on expulsion of English language students can be accessed here.

 

Customer Notice re: Extension of Visitor Permission in the State

3 December 2015

Non-EEA nationals who visit the State may be granted a maximum of 90 days' Visitor Permission at the port of entry. This applies to both non-visa-required nationals and visa-required nationals. It is a general policy of INIS not to grant extension of Visitor Permission. The visitor is expected to leave the State at the end of the permission. It is only in cases where unforeseen circumstances arise that INIS will grant an extension of this visitor permission. Read the full notice here.

 

Minister Fitzgerald secures funding for Schengen Information System

1st December, 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today announced that she has secured additional capital funding of €4million for 2016 to allow Ireland to participate in the Schengen Information System (SIS II), a centralised secure database used by European countries for maintaining information (alerts) related to border security and law enforcement. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Notice to INIS Customers re: Possible Fraud

30 November, 2015.

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. 

 

Garda Operation Vantage targeting sham marriages & illegal immigration

25 November 2015

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today commended the Garda Commissioner and the Garda National Immigration Bureau on the success of today's Operation Vantage which is designed to tackle facilitators of sham marriages and illegal immigration. Read the Minister's full statement .

 

On-Line Appointments Service for Re-entry Visas - resumption of normal service

23 November 2015

The On-line Appointments Service for re-entry visas is available again following the completion of some essential maintenance.

Applicants are reminded not to queue at the Re-entry Visa Public Office in Burgh Quay. If you wish to attend in person, you must first make an appointment on-line using our new On-line Appointments Service by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie. The simplest and most convenient way to apply is by registered post using the Re-Entry Visa Application Form . Postal applications are normally processed within 10 working days and should always be the first option.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE - On-Line Appointments Service for Re-entry Visas

20 November 2015

Unfortunately, due to essential maintenance, the On-line Re-entry Visa Appointment Service will be temporarily unavailable until Monday 23 November 2015.

Thank you for your patience

 

Emergency Meeting of EU Justice & Interior Ministers following Paris terrorist attacks

20 November 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD today met with EU Justice and Interior Ministers in emergency session in Brussels to discuss the European Union’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Minister Fitzgerald publishes International Protection Bill 2015

19 November 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today published the text of the International Protection Bill 2015 which was approved by Government and which has been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas to begin the legislative process leading to the enactment of the Bill. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE - On-Line Appointments Service for Re-entry Visas

13 November 2015

Applicants for re-entry visas are reminded not to queue at the Re-entry Visa Public Office in Burgh Quay from Monday 16 November, 2015. If you wish to attend in person, you must first make an appointment on-line using our new On-line Appointments Service by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie.

The simplest and most convenient way to apply is by registered post using the Re-Entry Visa Application Form . Postal applications are normally processed within 10 working days and should always be the first option.

 

EU Africa Valletta Summit agrees comprehensive Declaration and Action Plan in response to the migration crisis

12 November 2015

Addressing the Heads of State and Government meeting, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the agreement of a comprehensive Declaration and Action Plan and €1.8 billion Trust Fund as an expression of the commitment of EU and African countries to bring the migration crisis under control and to address its root causes. The Minister also visited the European Asylum Support Office based in Valletta which is coordinating the implementation of the EU's relocation of migrants programme. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Re-entry Visas – Launch of On-line Appointments Service

11 November 2015

 A new On-line Appointments service for applicants seeking re-entry visas is now in operation. Appointments for Monday 16 November, 2015 and onwards can now be booked by logging on to http://reentryvisa.inis.gov.ie. For further information read the full notice.

 

Minister Fitzgerald attends Valletta Summit of EU & African leaders on migration crisis

11 November 2015

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald is today representing Ireland at the Valletta Summit on Migration in Malta. This important Summit brings together leaders and senior government representatives from 31 European countries and 35 African nations. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on the Migration Crisis following a meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers

9 November 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD today attended an extraordinary JHA Council in relation to the Migration Crisis. Commenting on today’s Council, Minister Fitzgerald stated, “[Ireland is] ready to accept the first tranche of migrants on relocation and I am confident that they will arrive in Ireland before the end of the year. Ireland has appointed Liaison Officers to Italy and Greece, nominated two experts in response to the European Asylum Support Office call for experts and the Department of Foreign Affairs has committed €3m to the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. Real progress is being made and I am determined that this momentum continues.” Read the Minister's Full Statement.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in December 2015

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 14th December, 2015. 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 Murphy attends EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council addressing migration, asylum, terrorism, organised crime and data protection

Friday 9th October 2015

Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD, represented Ireland in a wide-ranging set of Ministerial discussions at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg yesterday and today. Topics discussed included migration, asylum, serious and organised crime as well as counter-terrorism and data protection. Read the Minister's Full Statement.

 

Re-entry Visas - resumption of normal service

The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service is pleased to announce that normal service has resumed for the processing of re-entry visas.

Applicants are again reminded that it is not a requirement of the re-entry process for the applicant to present in person. There is no need for any customer to queue in person.

Applications may be made by registered post using the Re-Entry Visa Application Form.

Applicants should ensure that all the required documentation is supplied with their application which will speed up the process.

Where applications are being made on behalf of a family, even in person, it is not a requirement for the entire family to turn up at the public office. One member of the family can present the applications and necessary supporting paper-work, including passports, and be issued with the re-entry visas.

6 October, 2015.

 

 

Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) – Implementation Date Change

Notice to Colleges and Students

The next phase in the implementation of the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) due on 1 October 2015 is being postponed for a short period of a number of weeks. Applications are still being examined and contacts with providers are ongoing.

A revised implementation date will be published shortly.

It should be noted that until the next ILEP implementation,

  1. The current Internationalisation Register will continue to apply in respect of English Language Programmes and 
  2. The associated reduction (from 12 to 8 months) in the standard immigration permission available for the purposes of pursuing an English language programme will be deferred. Eligible students will still be able to obtain a full 12 month permission until the ILEP is in place.

 

Statement on measures to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay

28 September, 2015

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality are working with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on measures to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay. Read the Minister's full Statement.

 

Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on the Migration Crisis Following an Emergency Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers 

EU Ministers agree on relocation of 120,000 asylum seekers from front-line EU Member States

To allow for account to be taken of the rapidly evolving situation, 66,000 will be allocated initially for the relocation of people from Greece and Italy and there will be an option to relocate the balance of 54,000 people from other member states coming under pressure if necessary. This is in addition to the earlier decision to relocate some 40,000 such people from Italy and Greece, thus bringing the total number of people to be relocated to 160,000. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Galway Citizenship Ceremony October 2015

The next citizenship ceremony will take place in National University of Ireland Galway on Friday 16th October 2015.
Invitations have issued to applicants and 600 candidates will attend the ceremony where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

 

Minister Fitzgerald reviews new civilian immigration and border control arrangements at Dublin Airport

16th September 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, today visited Dublin Airport to review progress towards the civilianisation of frontline immigration control procedures at the Airport. A new uniformed border management unit has been established by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and civilian immigration officers have assumed responsibility for border checks in Terminal 1 on a 24/7, 365 basis. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

EU Migration Crisis: Minister attends emergency Justice and Home Affairs meeting

14 September 2015

The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council today formally adopted the decision to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection. Minister Fitzgerald stated that Ireland will immediately move to implement the measure and she would expect a significant number of the 600 applicants to be relocated to Ireland within the next few months. Read the Minister's full statement.

 

Notice for Individuals applying for Permission to Remain in the State on the basis of Parentage of an Irish Citizen Child

11 September 2015

All applications made by Non-EEA nationals to INIS requesting Permission to Remain in the State on the basis of Parentage of an Irish Citizen Child must be submitted on the new Irish Citizen Child application form. Please read the full notice including guidelines attached here.

 

Ireland to accept up to 4,000 persons under Relocation and Resettlement programmes

10 September 2015

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, announced today that Ireland will accept up to 4,000 persons under resettlement & relocation programmes. An ‘Irish Refugee Protection Programme’ will be established to provide safe haven for persons seeking international protection. Today’s decisions were taken at a special Cabinet meeting convened by An Taoiseach to discuss Ireland’s response to the Migration Crisis. Read the full statement here.

 

Notice for Spouses of students granted a Stamp 4 Immigration permission on the Conclusion of the 2004 Student Probationary Extension

Legally resident spouses of students granted a Stamp 4 Immigration permission on the Conclusion of the 2004 Student Probationary Extension will now be considered by INIS for an extension of their immigration permission.  Please read the full notice including guidelines and an application form here.

 

Minister welcomes new measures to prevent 'marriages of convenience' taking place

18th August, 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., today welcomed the commencement of legislation to prevent the abuse of the institution of marriage for immigration purposes. Read the full statement here.

 

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes comprehensive package of measures on Mediterranean migration

20 July 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, announced today that the Government had agreed, subject to Oireachtas approval, that Ireland should participate in a European Union plan to relocate up to 40,000 persons in clear need of international protection from Italy and Greece to other Member States, as part of the EU response to the unprecedented migration crisis in the Mediterranean.  Read the full statement here.

 

Minister of State Ó Ríordáin to chair Taskforce established by Government to assist with transition of persons from Direct Provision 

Thursday 16 July 2015

It has been decided to establish a Task Force chaired by the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drug Strategy, Mr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD, to report back to Government on key aspects of the report on the Working Group on the Protection Process. Read the  full statement here.

 

Extension of closing date for submission of applications for inclusion in the ILEP

Having reviewed the queries received from providers and in order to ensure that providers are afforded the best opportunity to submit a complete and thorough application INIS has decided to extend the deadline for receipt of applications up to close of business on Friday 31 July 2015.  This deadline will not be extended further. Full details can be found here.

 

Government publishes Working Group report on Direct Provision and the Protection Process

30 June, 2015

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality, and Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD welcomed the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process including Direct Provision and supports to asylum seekers. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Notice regarding Applications for inclusion in the Interim List of Eligible Programmes

Full details in relation to applications for inclusion in the ILEP can be found at the following link. Please note that applications will be accepted up to close of business on Monday 20 July and are required to be submitted as directed in both hard and soft copy.

 

Return of Congolese Nationals

Two persons were removed from Ireland on 17th June 2015 to be returned to Kinshasa, DR Congo. The return was part of an operation led by Belgium via Brussels to Kinshasa and organised through the FRONTEX network. One of the returnees had been in custody for immigration-related or criminal offences.

 

Minister Fitzgerald in high-level EU discussions on migration and terrorism

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD today participated in high-level discussions with EU Justice and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg on the EU response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing fight against terrorism.  Ministers discussed a number of proposals by the EU Commission including resettlement and the emergency relocation of migrants arriving on European shores.  Read the Minister's Press Release here.

 

Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP)

In line with the Government decision of 19 May 2015 a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education, in response to concerning practices within certain parts of the sector and a number of English language college closures is now being implemented.

The first iteration of the Interim List of Eligible Programmes can be found here.

 

Notice – new arrangements for locum doctors under the Atypical Working Scheme effective from 02 June 2015:

Locum doctors engaged in –

  • the Primary Health Care Sector (General Practice)
  • the Hospital Sector

Following a review of arrangements under the Atypical Working Scheme in respect of such doctors, new arrangements recommended by the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have been agreed by those bodies and INIS.

For detailed information please see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines.

 

Ministers O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald announce Government approval of reforms to the student immigration system for international education

25th May, 2015

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today announced that the Government has approved the implementation of a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education, in response to concerning practices within certain parts of the sector and a number of English language college closures. Read the full statement here.

 

Ireland responds positively to EU call for Action on Migration13th May, 2015

Minister Fitzgerald announces plans to resettle additional 300 vulnerable people in response to European Commission proposals on Migration

Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Statement by the Department of Justice and Equality on reform of the English Language sector

12th May, 2015

The recent closure of a number of private English language colleges has again highlighted the wholly unacceptable manner in which part of our international education industry has been operating. It is self-evident that for some of the businesses in this sector, the primary service on sale is the facilitation of immigration and educational courses are a means of delivering that. Many of the students and teachers unfortunately become innocent victims of these disreputable enterprises. Prospective students are strongly advised to carefully consider the college at which they are seeking to enrol. Read the full statement here.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in July 2015

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Friday 17th July, 2015.

Candidates for Citizenship 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 - Closure of National College of Business Administration

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that National College of Business Administration (NCBA) has ceased trading.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service would like to assure students that there is no threat to your current immigration status. All current permissions remain intact and will be fully honoured by the immigration service.

It is expected that students will make efforts to continue their studies as soon as they can and if they are seeking to stay on at the end of their current permission their study record would be an important consideration.

Where a student is seeking to renew their immigration permission at the expiry of their current permission they should note that they will be required to demonstrate that they have enrolled on a new course at a new college. This should be done in good time prior to the expiry of your permission.

For students whose permission is due to expire shortly they can renew in the normal way.

For students who have not yet registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service will allow those students up to the end of June 2015 to make alternative arrangements for study.

Any student who arrives at a port of entry with a valid visa or letter of enrolment for National College of Business Administration (NCBA) issued prior to 1 May 2015 will be permitted to land. This will allow students to pursue the college for any refund owing to them. The students should however be informed that they will not be registered with the immigration authorities to attend NCBA and should be instructed to make alternative arrangements.

NOTE: Students seeking registration at alternative colleges are strongly advised to carefully consider the college at which they are seeking to enrol. Students should fully satisfy themselves of the Protection for Learner arrangements in place at the college and should seek details of those arrangements in writing.

 

NOTICE - Closure of Modern Educational Centre

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that Modern Educational Centre (MEC) has ceased trading.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service would like to assure students that there is no threat to your current immigration status. All current permissions remain intact and will be fully honoured by the immigration service.

It is expected that students will make efforts to continue their studies as soon as they can and if they are seeking to stay on at the end of their current permission their study record would be an important consideration.

Where a student is seeking to renew their immigration permission at the expiry of their current permission they should note that they will be required to demonstrate that they have enrolled on a new course at a new college. This should be done in good time prior to the expiry of your permission.

For students whose permission is due to expire shortly they can renew in the normal way.

For students who have not yet registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service will allow those students up to the end of June 2015 to make alternative arrangements for study.

Any student who arrives at a port of entry with a valid visa or letter of enrolment for Modern Educational Centre (MEC) issued prior to 1 May 2015 will be permitted to land. This will allow students to pursue the college for any refund owing to them. The students should however be informed that they will not be registered with the immigration authorities to attend MEC and should be instructed to make alternative arrangements.

NOTE: Students seeking registration at alternative colleges are strongly advised to carefully consider the college at which they are seeking to enrol. Students should fully satisfy themselves of the Protection for Learner arrangements in place at the college and should seek details of those arrangements in writing.

 

Public Office Opening Hours - May Bank Holiday

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Visa Office and the Garda National Immigration Bureau will be closed on Monday 4th May and will not re-open for business until 8 am on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Notice regarding the making of applications for subsidiary protection by applicants for refugee status.

Further to our notice of 8 October 2014 and in light of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the case of H.N. -v- the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland and the Attorney General, the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) have been amended by the European Union (Subsidiary Protection)(Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 137 of 2015).  The 2015 Regulations give statutory effect to the following arrangements which are already in place in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC)

 
  • Any person who makes a new application for refugee status may also make an application for subsidiary protection in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC);
  • Any person who currently has an application for refugee status pending may also make an application for subsidiary protection in ORAC.

Such applications for subsidiary protection will be determined by ORAC in accordance with the provisions of the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) and will be investigated should a person’s application for refugee status be refused by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
Further information in relation to the making of applications for subsidiary protection is available on the ORAC’s website. (www. orac.ie).
A copy of the 2015 Regulations will be available on this website shortly.

 

Minister Flanagan and Minister Fitzgerald attend EU meeting on migration in the Mediterranean

20 April 2015

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today attended an extraordinary joint meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers and EU Home Affairs Ministers called in response to recent tragic events in the Mediterranean. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Minister Fitzgerald attends EU emergency meeting on Mediterranean migrant crisis

20 April 2015

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, is today attending an emergency meeting of EU Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg, convened following the most recent tragic loss of life of migrants attempting to travel from North Africa to Europe. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Return of Nigerian Nationals

Seven persons were removed from Ireland on 11th March 2015 to be returned to Lagos, Nigeria. The return was part of an operation led by Norway via Madrid to Lagos and organised through the Frontex network. Three of the returnees had been in custody for immigration-related or criminal offences.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in April 2015

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Friday 10th April, 2015.

Candidates for Citizenship 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. Invitations to attend the Ceremonies will issue shortly.

 

Minister Fitzgerald publishes General Scheme of the International Protection Bill to reduce waiting times for asylum applicants

  • A single procedure for international protection applications to replace existing multi-layered system

  • Minister Fitzgerald: “This Bill will achieve the desired balance in treating asylum seekers with humanity and respect while ensuring more efficient immigration procedures and safeguards.”

  • New framework will enable timely and efficient protection decisions.

25 March 2015

Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today published the General Scheme of the International Protection Bill which was approved by Government. Read the  Minister's Press Release .

 

Conclusion of 2004 Student Probationary Extension

The Student Probationary Extension introduced in August 2012 allowed eligible non-EEA national students to register for a two year probationary period. As part of the Student Probationary Extension it was indicated that at the conclusion of the two year probationary period the eligible students could apply for a Stamp 4 permission to reside in the State subject to satisfying certain conditions.

The final application form is now available on the INIS website here.  It is important that students are aware that they are not automatically entitled to Stamp 4 residence permission and that they will have to go through the application process.

 

Extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India 

  • Pro tourism and business initiative allowing travel to Ireland and UK on a single visa commences in India today
  • Major boost to business visitors and tourism expected 

Monday, 9th February 2015

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today announced the extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme facilitates nationals requiring a short-stay visa to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using a single visa issued by either Ireland or the UK.

This will mean that tourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors from India will be able, for the first time, to visit both the UK and Ireland, including moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland on a single visa. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Case Processing Panel : recruitment of additional panel members.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) and the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) are recruiting additional Law Graduates for its Case Processing Panel.

To enable INIS and ORAC to carry out their functions to optimum effect and to assist in the reduction of caseloads, the current Case Processing Panel of Legal Graduates (established in 2013) is being expanded and its remit extended to process applications for refugee status and to carry out other support work.  Read the full details here.

 

Immigration in Ireland – 2014

  • Report on key immigration figures
  • 2015 priorities for Immigration Service to include completion of civilianisation of border control at Dublin Airport, reform of the asylum system and an online appointment system for re-entry visa applicants
  • 42 new recruits start public service careers in Immigration Service today as part of civilianisation of border control at Dublin Airport

26 January, 2015

Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today published the annual review of immigration related activity in Ireland for 2014. The Minister provided key immigration figures for 2014 and reported on achievements in the immigration area over the past year as well as outlining some of her priorities for 2015.  Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Minister Fitzgerald attends 100th Citizenship Ceremony

  • Processing time for citizenship applications dramatically reduced from 31 months in 2011 to less than 6 months today
  • More than 59,000 people attend 100 Citizenship Ceremonies since June 2011

Friday 23 January 2015

In June 2011 the first Citizenship Ceremony was held in Ireland. Today a milestone was reached when the one hundredth citizenship ceremony took place.  Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Statement by Minister Fitzgerald and Minister O'Sullivan on Judgment of the High Court in relation to international education sector

The judgment of the High Court today in the case brought by the National Employee Development and Training Centre and Academic Bridge is being examined by the Departments of Justice and Equality, and Education and Skills.  Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

Statement by the Department of Justice and Equality on Shelbourne College

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has today been informed that Shelbourne College is seeking to enter voluntary liquidation. The college will now be immediately removed from the Internationalisation Register, which means that no immigration permission will be issued in respect of it.  See the Minister's Press  Release.

 

Note to Employers

 

Changes to the Employment entitlements of Non- EEA Students holding Immigration Stamp 2 – with effect from 1 January 2015

 

As part of a package of reforms of the regulatory regime for international education, announced in September by the Ministers for Education & Skills and Justice &  Equality, some changes have been made to the terms of the concession under which non-EEA students (holding Immigration Stamp 2) are permitted to work.

At present the work concession is operated on the basis that the student can work 20 hours per week during term time and 40 hours per week during the vacations.  Since term and holiday time is set by the college this has given rise to considerable variability as to entitlements to work and is open to abuse. 

From 1 January 2015 the work concession will be standardised and will no longer be dependent on the term times set by the colleges.  Students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2 will be permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January

inclusive.   At all other times they will be limited to working 20 hours per week. 

It should be noted also that the hours specified are the maximum that a student can work in any given week and not an average over time.  A student who is working for more than one employer remains subject to the overall limits (e.g. during the period when the 20 hour limit applies a student could not work 15 hours each for 2 employers).

There is an exception to the general rule where a student can work for 40 hours per week outside the specified times above.  Students who obtain a minimum of an honours degree at bachelor level are entitled to receive a 12 month extension to their student permission during which they can work for 40 hours per week.  For students who graduate with an ordinary level degree the period is 6 months.  The student will have a stamp 2 permission but should also be able to produce a transcript of their final results from the college in support of their entitlement.  Students on this scheme can work without a permit and can be employed on contract/internship/probation for this time.  If the employer wishes to offer employment beyond the duration of the graduate scheme an employment permit will be necessary. 

Note that employing a student beyond the hours permitted is an offence under the Employment Permits Acts

 

Restricted Activities

  • Students are not permitted to work as taxi drivers either as employees or in their own right as holders of a taxi licence in their own name.
  • Students may not engage in self employment.

(Some additional forms of employment are likely to be added to the restricted activities list in the course of 2015).

 

Notice regarding Short Extension of Internationalisation Register

The implementation date of the Interim List of Eligible Programmes which will replace the current Internationalisation Register has been changed from 1 January 2015 to 21 January 2015. This short extension is in order to provide more time to the High Court to produce its written judgement in legal proceedings challenging the implementation of certain of the reforms announced in September 2014.

In respect of programmes that are currently on the Internationalisation Register but which were due to be removed with effect from 1 January 2015, providers will be permitted to recruit new students who will commence their studies prior to the revised cut-off date. Such students will have to be in Ireland before 21 January 2015 and have registered before that date with the immigration authorities. The changes announced in respect of the work concession for students will come into force as planned on 1 January. From that date students holding a current stamp 2 immigration permission will be permitted to work for 20 hours per week for the duration of their permission with the exception of the months of May, June, July and August and a period between 15 December and 15 January when they can work for 40 hours per week.

 

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in January 2015

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Friday 23rd January, 2015.

Candidates for Citizenship 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. Invitations to attend the ceremonies will issue shortly.

 
 

111 Syrians admitted under sponsorship programme

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has announced that a total of 111 vulnerable people from Syria and the surrounding region have been granted admission to reside in Ireland following applications to her Department from relatives already resident here.  See the Minister's Press Release.

 
 

Important Update for Re-entry visa applicants at Burgh Quay

7th January, 2015

It must be stressed that there is absolutely no need for anyone to queue outside the offices of the immigration services for re-entry visas.

In addition, the Immigration Service wish to again remind applicants to use the postal application service rather than having to attend in person. Even if applicants do decide to come to the office, where applications are being made on behalf of a family, it is not necessary for the entire family to turn up - one member of the family may present the necessary paperwork and receive the visas.

A major reform of the delivery of immigration services is underway including the transfer of registration functions from the Garda National Immigration Bureau to INIS. This presents opportunities to streamline both registration and visa re-entry services and INIS will be introducing an on-line services as part of this process. The introduction of on-line booking appointments will be prioritised with the aim of its introduction in the first quarter of 2015.

 

Important Update for Re-entry visa applicants at Burgh Quay

  • All postal applications on hand has now been fully cleared following the assignment of a large number of staff to process them over the weekend. 
  • Postal applications are now being processed on the day of receipt. 
  • We note and welcome the fact that the number of people queuing for personal service at the public office has significantly reduced since last week.  Nevertheless, in relation to these applicants, we repeat our earnest request anyone intending to travel after Christmas not to attend the public office at this stage as it is creating additional difficulties for those who are planning to travel before Christmas.  Please be assured that you will be dealt with in good time before your travel.
  • Thank you for your patience and be assured that we continue to monitor the cases on hand.

 

Note for information: The registration process with the Garda National Immigration Bureau which is co-located with the Re-entry Visa Office is operating normally.  There is no need to queue before the Office opening hours and all applicants will be dealt with on the day.

 

CORK CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY IN NOVEMBER 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in University College Cork  on Monday, 24 November, 2014.

Some 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.

 

Important Notice regarding the making of applications for Subsidiary Protection by Applicants for Refugee Status

1. In light of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the case of

H. N. v. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland and the Attorney General, the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) are to be amended.

 

2. Pending the coming into force of the amended Regulations, and with immediate effect, the following arrangements apply with a view to complying with the Court’s ruling:

 

  • Any person who currently has an application for refugee status pending may also make an application for subsidiary protection in the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC),
  • Any person who makes a new application for refugee status mayalsomake an application for subsidiary protection in ORAC.

 

3. Such applications for subsidiary protection will be determined by ORAC in accordance with the provisions of the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations,  2013 (S.I. No. 426 of 2013) and will be investigated should the person’s application for refugee status be refused by the Minister for Justice and Equality.

 

4. In the case of the two categories of persons mentioned above, and pending the coming into force of the amended Regulations, an application for subsidiary protection can be made by submitting a completed ORAC Form SP/01 (Application form for a subsidiary protection declaration under the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013), either

  • in person at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2,

OR

  • by post to ORAC Customer Service Centre, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

5. A further update will be provided on both the INIS and the ORAC websites when the amended Regulations are finalised.

8 October 2014

 

Minister Fitzgerald and UK Home Secretary launch landmark British-Irish Visa Scheme

  • China and India first to benefit from new Scheme starting this month
  • Major boost to business visitors and tourism expected
  

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, together with the United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May, has today formally launched the British-Irish Visa Scheme at an event held at the Irish Embassy in London.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will facilitate nationals requiring a short-stay visa to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using a single visa issued by either Ireland or the UK.

This will mean that tourists, business visitors and other eligible visitors will be able, for the first time, to visit both the UK and Ireland, including moving freely between north and south of the island of Ireland on a single visa.  Read the Ministers Press Release.

 

Minister Fitzgerald announces major immigration civilianisation initiative

Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced a major programme to civilianise immigration functions currently undertaken by members of An Garda Síochána. The Minister made the announcement while visiting the immigration control facilities at Dublin Airport.  Read the Ministers Press Release.

 

Ministers O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald launch major reform of student immigration and the international education sector

Minister Jan O’Sullivan and Minister Frances Fitzgerald have announced major reforms of the international education sector in response to issues raised by the closure of a number of private sector colleges this year.

The reforms are necessary to protect the consumer and educational interests of genuine international students, to tackle abuse of the labour market and the immigration regime, and to safeguard the strong international reputation of high-quality Irish education providers.

The two Ministers also published the final report of the Task Force established to help students affected by the college closures.  Alternative educational accommodation has been put in place for affected students. Read the Ministers Press Release.

 

The Department of Justice and Equality understands that the college English in Dublin has now closed.

The Task Force established by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Justice and Equality has put in place alternative arrangements offered by high quality private sector providers which are open to students affected by college closures who have not yet completed their studies.  These are available on the website www.studenttaskforce.ie.  Students affected by the closures should check this website to understand the options which are available to them.

 

Notice re Student Probationary Extension – Next Steps

INIS is committed to making a final decision on all applications, in respect of students who were granted a 2 Year Student Probationary Extension during the period 28 August 2012 to 26 February 2013, by 31 March 2015.  Prior to 31 October 2014.  In the interim period, while the applications are being processed students resident on Stamp 2 under the terms of the Student Probationary Extension can attend for registration on temporary Stamp 4 conditions for a period of six months. Students are advised that they will only be issued with this temporary Stamp 4 permission upon the expiry of their current Stamp 2 permission. Students can only seek to renew this on the temporary Stamp 4 permission up to a maximum of one week prior to the expiry of their current permission. Eligible students should apply for this extension at their local registration office. 

Eligible students will be required to pay the full registration fee of €300. Full details of the next steps in the 2004 Student Probationary Extension are detailed here.

 

Business and Computer Training Institute

Business and Computer Training Institute (BCT college) was one of the colleges which had been suspended by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) from registering new students from outside the EEA while INIS investigated irregularities which came to light regarding immigration compliance.  
 
The Task Force established by the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Justice and Equality has put in place alternative arrangements offered by high quality private sector providers which are open to students affected by college closures who have not yet completed their studies.  These are available on the website www.studenttaskforce.ie.  Students affected by the closures should check this website to understand the options which are available to them.
 
The two Ministers also intend putting in place a robust new regulatory regime to protect learners and drive up quality in the international education sector.

 

 

DUBLIN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY IN SEPTEMBER 2014

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 22nd September, 2014.

Some 3,100 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 website www.studenttaskforce.ie launched to assist students affected by College Closures

International students affected by the recent closure of several private colleges are to be offered alternative courses in high-quality, approved English language schools at a heavily discounted rate.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., are announcing the new initiative as part of the response to the private college closures which have seen hundreds of students left without a place to study English.

This offer will be coordinated by Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), an industry body for approved English Language Schools. The courses will be offered through MEI at a cost of €60 per week which represents a discount of approximately 70%. The new courses which are being specially created for the affected students will operate to the highest standards, including small class sizes, and will be covered by MEI learner protection arrangements. Applications for these courses from the affected students will be taken from Monday 23rdJune.

Full details for students can be found at the website below

WEBSITE – www.studenttaskforce.ie

 

Minister Fitzgerald announces launch of joint visa initiative between Ireland and the United Kingdom

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., today (16th June, 2014) announced that the ‘British Irish Visa Scheme’ between Ireland and the United Kingdom will commence this autumn starting with China and India.

The British Irish Visa Scheme will allow for travel to and around the Common Travel Area (CTA) on a single visa. As matters stand, many overseas tourists and business visitors who wish to visit both Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland, need separate Irish and UK visas.  See the Ministers Ministers Press Release.

 

Millennium College Dublin – Note for Non EEA Students

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that Millennium College Dublin has closed with immediate effect.

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Millennium College Dublin students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to millenniumcollegestudents@justice.ie.

It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status. A more detailed information note will be made available by INIS regarding students of Millennium College Dublin in the coming days. 

NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Millennium College Dublin are now deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

 

Immigration and Citizenship Policy

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

 

 

Millennium College - Nota para os estudantes não EEE
 

Naturalização da Irlanda e Serviço de Imigração ( INIS ) tomou conhecimento de que Millinneum College fechou com efeito imediato.


Não há ameaça imediata para a situação de imigração dos alunos. Todas as permissões atuais permanecem intactos.


Estudantes do Millinneum College que procuram informações sobre seu status de imigração são convidados a escrever para millinneum college students@justice.ie .


É importante que os alunos são informados sobre a forma como isso impacta fechamento sobre seu status de imigração . Uma informações mais detalhadas serão disponibilizados pelo INIS sobre estudantes da Millinneum College nos próximos dias .


NOTA : Quando entrar em contato com este endereço de e-mail os alunos são obrigados a fornecer seu nome completo , número de referência e número INIS e GNIB o que pode ser encontrado no cartão de inscrição GNIB .


Os alunos não devem comparecer na sede GNIB / INIS


Todos os alunos atuais da Millinneum College são agora considerados em férias acadêmica, até 01 de setembro de 2014 (NOTA : Refere-se aos alunos de fora do EEE/ Espaço Económico Europeu cujo permissão do aluno Imigração é actualmente em vigor) . De acordo com as condições de períodos de férias estudante,  os alunos não são obrigados a assistir às aulas durante este período e pode trabalhar até 40 horas por semana. Não há necessidade imediata para os alunos de fora do EEE a buscar um novo curso e os alunos devem ter tempo para considerar suas opções.

Imigração e Cidadania Política
Naturalização e Imigração Serviço Irlandês

 

 

Millennium College - Nota para Estudiantes No EEE
 

La naturalización de Irlanda y el Servicio de Inmigración ( INIS) se ha hecho consciente de que la Escuela de Negocios de Irlanda de Dublín ha cerrado con efecto inmediato.


No hay una amenaza inmediata a la situación de inmigración de los estudiantes.

 

Todos los permisos actuales se mantienen intactos.


Se pide a los estudiantes de Millennium College que buscan información sobre su estado migratorio a escribir a millenniumcollegestudents@justice.ie.


Es importante que los estudiantes estén informados de cómo funciona este cierre impactos sobre su estatus migratorio. Una información más detallada será puesto a disposición por el INIS respecto a los estudiantes de Millennium College en los próximos días.


NOTA : Cuando se comunique con esta dirección de correo electrónico los estudiantes están obligados a dar su nombre completo , número de referencia y número de INIS y GNIB ambos de los cuales se pueden encontrar en la tarjeta de registro GNIB .


Los estudiantes no deben asistir a las oficinas GNIB / INIS


Todos los estudiantes actuales del Millennium College Dublin están consideradas en las vacaciones académicas, hasta el 1 de septiembre 2014 ( NOTA : Esto se refiere a los estudiantes fuera del EEE/ Espacio Económico Europeo cuya permiso de estudiante Inmigración está vigente ) . En línea con las condiciones de los períodos de vacaciones para los estudiantes, no se les exige a los estudiantes a asistir a clase durante este período y pueden trabajar hasta 40 horas por semana. No hay ninguna necesidad inmediata para los estudiantes de fuera del EEE para buscar un nuevo curso y los estudiantes deben tomar el tiempo para considerar sus opciones.

Inmigración y Política de Ciudadanía
Naturalización e Inmigración Irlandes

 

 

As a result of the recent establishment of the Residence Division within INIS, the following changes are taking place:

General Immigration and Immigration Services units ceased to exist from 14/04/14.

In addition to the EU Treaty Rights teams, the Residence Division will consist of 3 new units based in Burgh Quay which were established on 14/04/2014.

Residence Division Unit 1 will deal with the following case types: Spouse of an Irish national/Civil partnership with an Irish national, dependants of Irish nationals, travel documents and de facto relationships. Email queries can be sent to the appropriate email address for the relevant type of application: INISsinu@justice.ie, INIStravdoc@justice.ie and INISdefacto@justice.ie respectively

Residence Division Unit 2 will deal with the following case types: Change of status, extension of visit, Stamp 0 applications and Ministers of religion and lay volunteers.  Email queries for any of the categories listed in the previous sentence only can be sent to: Unit2ResidenceDivision@justice.ie

Residence Division Unit 3 will deal with the following case types: Long term residency, Turkish association, Without conditions (Stamps 5 and 6), change of name licence, foreign adoption and business permission. Email queries can be sent to the appropriate email address for the relevant type of application: INISLongTermRes@justice.ie, INISTurkAssoc@justice.ie, INISStamp5and6@justice.ie, INISChangeofName@justice.ie, INISfadopt@justice.ie, and INISbper@justice.ie respectively

The General Immigration and Long Term Residency helplines are no longer operational but have been replaced with the dedicated email addresses above instead.  It was felt by ourselves and clients alike that, due to the complexity of queries, a paper trail answering specific queries was better than a general helpline which only functioned for one half day per week.

Residence Division is not (as of 7th May ) taking over responsibility for applications based on IBC status or the 'Zambrano' judgment, which will continue to be dealt with by the specific teams currently dealing with them.  In addition, responsibility for the investor and entrepreneur schemes and student schemes will remain with Immigration Policy Division.

Please take note of the above units and the areas of work they are responsible for and direct any post or emails to the correct unit to avoid unnecessary delays in processing applications.

 

Please see the below notice with information in English/Spanish/Portuguese regarding the closure of Irish Business School Dublin.

 

Irish Business School Dublin – Note for Non EEA Students

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has been made aware that Irish Business School Dublin has closed with immediate effect.

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Irish Business School Dublin students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status. A more detailed information note will be made available by INIS regarding students of Irish Business School Dublin in the coming days.

NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Irish Business School Dublin are now deemed to be on academic holiday.  up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

Immigration and Citizenship Policy

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

 

Irlanda Dublin Business School - Nota para Estudiantes No EEE
 

La naturalización de Irlanda y el Servicio de Inmigración ( INIS) se ha hecho consciente de que la Escuela de Negocios de Irlanda de Dublín ha cerrado con efecto inmediato.


No hay una amenaza inmediata a la situación de inmigración de los estudiantes.

 

Todos los permisos actuales se mantienen intactos.


Se pide a los estudiantes de Dublín Irish Business School que buscan información sobre su estado migratorio a escribir a edencollegestudents@justice.ie .


Es importante que los estudiantes estén informados de cómo funciona este cierre impactos sobre su situación migratoria. Una información más detallada será puesto a disposición por el INIS respecto a los estudiantes de Irish Business School en los próximos días.


NOTA : Cuando se comunique con esta dirección de correo electrónico los estudiantes están obligados a dar su nombre completo , número de referencia y número de INIS y GNIB ambos de los cuales se pueden encontrar en la tarjeta de registro GNIB .


Los estudiantes no deben asistir a las oficinas GNIB / INIS


Todos los estudiantes actuales del Irish Business School Dublin están consideradas en las vacaciones académicas, hasta el 1 de septiembre 2014 ( NOTA : Esto se refiere a los estudiantes fuera del EEE/ Espacio Económico Europeo cuya permiso de estudiante Inmigración está vigente ) . En línea con las condiciones de los períodos de vacaciones para los estudiantes, no se les exige a los estudiantes a asistir a clase durante este período y pueden trabajar hasta 40 horas por semana. No hay ninguna necesidad inmediata para los estudiantes de fuera del EEE para buscar un nuevo curso y los estudiantes deben tomar el tiempo para considerar sus opciones.

Inmigración y Política de Ciudadanía
Naturalización e Inmigración Irlandes

 

Irish Business School Dublin - Nota para os estudantes não EEE
 

Naturalização da Irlanda e Serviço de Imigração ( INIS ) tomou conhecimento de que Irish Business School Dublin fechou com efeito imediato.


Não há ameaça imediata para a situação de imigração dos alunos. Todas as permissões atuais permanecem intactos.


Estudantes do Irish Business School de Dublin que procuram informações sobre seu status de imigração são convidados a escrever para edencollegestudents@justice.ie .


É importante que os alunos são informados sobre a forma como isso impacta fechamento sobre seu status de imigração . Uma informações mais detalhadas serão disponibilizados pelo INIS sobre estudantes da Irish Business School Dublin nos próximos dias .


NOTA : Quando entrar em contato com este endereço de e -mail os alunos são obrigados a fornecer seu nome completo , número de referência e número INIS e GNIB o que pode ser encontrado no cartão de inscrição GNIB .


Os alunos não devem comparecer na sede GNIB / INIS


Todos os alunos atuais da Irish Business School Dublin são agora considerados em férias acadêmica, até 01 de setembro de 2014 (NOTA : Refere-se aos alunos de fora do EEE/ Espaço Económico Europeu cujo permissão do aluno Imigração é actualmente em vigor) . De acordo com as condições de períodos de férias estudante,  os alunos não são obrigados a assistir às aulas durante este período e pode trabalhar até 40 horas por semana. Não há necessidade imediata para os alunos de fora do EEE a buscar um novo curso e os alunos devem ter tempo para considerar suas opções.

Imigração e Cidadania Política
Naturalização e Imigração Serviço Irlandês

 

 

Eden College Closure – Note for Students

NOTE: Following the closure of Eden College students are advised that INIS has not agreed to any bilateral arrangements with Eden College regarding the direct transferral of students. The normal non-EEA student immigration registration requirements will apply. Students are advised not to pay any money to or enrol with another college without first contacting INIS at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

The arrangements set out below have been put in place in order to facilitate students affected by the closure of Eden College.


 

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) notes that Eden College has closed with immediate effect. It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status.  INIS is also in discussions with the education sector as regards the options available to students who wish to complete their courses. 

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Eden College students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to edencollegestudents@justice.ie. NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Eden College are now deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

NOTE: Other than English Language students transferring to another course recognised by ACELS (see below), all transfers from Eden College students will need to be approved in principle by INIS and no fees should be paid to another institution in advance of this approval. This applies until further notice.

Non-EEA students whose permission expires prior to 1 September 2014 should contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie in relation to their immigration status.

 

Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme

Please note that the closing date for the receipt of SHAP applications is Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 5.00pm.  The program details and application form can be found here.    

Eden College Closure – Note for Students

NOTE: Following the closure of Eden College students are advised that INIS has not agreed to any bilateral arrangements with Eden College regarding the direct transferral of students. The normal non-EEA student immigration registration requirements will apply. Students are advised not to pay any money to or enrol with another college without first contacting INIS at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

The arrangements set out below have been put in place in order to facilitate students affected by the closure of Eden College.

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) notes that Eden College has closed with immediate effect. It is important that students are informed as to how this closure impacts on their immigration status.  INIS is also in discussions with the education sector as regards the options available to students who wish to complete their courses. 

There is no immediate threat to students’ immigration status.  All current permissions remain intact.  

Eden College students seeking information regarding their immigration status are requested to write to edencollegestudents@justice.ie. NOTE: When contacting this e-mail address students are required to provide their full name, INIS reference number and GNIB number both of which can be found on the GNIB registration card.

Students should not attend at the GNIB/INIS offices

All current students of Eden College are now deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014 (NOTE: This refers to non-EEA Students whose student Immigration permission is currently valid). In line with the conditions of student vacation periods students are not required to attend class during this period and can work for up to 40 hours per week. There is no immediate requirement for non-EEA students to seek a new course and students should take time to consider their options.

NOTE: Other than English Language students transferring to another course recognised by ACELS (see below), all transfers from Eden College students will need to be approved in principle by INIS and no fees should be paid to another institution in advance of this approval. This applies until further notice.

Non-EEA students whose permission expires prior to 1 September 2014 should contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie in relation to their immigration status.

 

English Language Students at Eden College

Following discussions with Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing a programme previously recognised by ACELS may be in a position to complete the balance of their programme with another ACELS recognised English Language school. Where the fees of the new school exceed those of Eden College, the student may be in a position to receive a discount in respect of fees already paid  to Eden. To potentially avail of any discount, and to establish the amount (in a limited number of cases the student may not incur any further costs), students will be required to provide a dated receipt for fees paid to Eden, or where fees were paid by electronic transfer, a bank statement providing this information.

Non-EEA students seeking to avail of this option to complete their studies are required to contact the MEI in the first instance by e-mail outlining:

·       the course you are on (including an enrolment / acceptance letter from Eden College); 

·       the dates on which you began your course; and

·       the expected completion date of your course.

Students should contact MEI at info@mei.ie

This information should also be provided to the immigration authorities at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

MEI will deal with each case individually and will then contact students with details of their placement. Non-EEA students who do not avail of this option will be deemed to be on academic holiday.

Non-EEA students who have paid for and have registered for an external examination should be in a position to complete those exams in the normal way.

FETAC Non-EEA Students at Eden College

Non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing a FETAC accredited programme at Eden College are required to contact Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) directly in relation to their course of studies. Please go to the QQI website: www.qqi.ie for further information. QQI will respond to student queries on a case-by-case basis.

Non-EEA students will be required to provide information to QQI which includes

o        your contact details, including email address and telephone number

o        PPS Number and date of birth

o        the course on which you are on (including an enrolment / acceptance letter from Eden College); 

o        the dates on which you began your course; and

o        the expected completion date of your course.

This information should also be provided to the immigration authorities at edencollegestudents@justice.ie.

Students should not attend at the QQI offices

 

Australian Institute of Business Non-EEA Students at Eden College

For non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing an Australian Institute of Business-accredited programme at Eden College the following applies:

In line with the Australian Institute of Business policy where a teaching centre loses accreditation, students of this centre can independently pursue their course of study. Therefore no further immigration permission will be issued in respect of Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration students at Eden College. INIS understands that students can pursue these courses by distance with the Australian Institute of Business.

Non-EEA students pursuing the AIB BBA or MBA at Eden College should contact  the Australian Institute of Business directly in relation to their status and for information regarding the possibility of continuing their course following their return to their home country. Information for students can be found at the following links:

http://e-study.aib.edu.au/students/index.php

http://www.aib.edu.au/study-via-distance-learning/12-month-mba-dl.html

If students have further queries they can contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie 

Other Accrediting Bodies

Non-EEA students of Eden College registered with the immigration authorities as pursuing courses accredited by bodies other than those set out above are required to contact their accrediting body directly.

Students may also contact edencollegestudents@justice.ie in relation to their status. Each case will be dealt with on its own merits.

 

English Language Education Visas and Residence Permissions

Following on from serious allegations regarding the practices of some Colleges which offer English language education to non-EEA national students, INIS and the GNIB have suspended the issuing of visas and residence permissions to non-EEA nationals seeking to enroll as new students with the following institutions. 

  • Eden College

  • National Media College (formerly New Media College)

  • Millennium College

  • Business & Computer Training Institute

This suspension is pending further inquiries into the allegations of irregularities and further action may follow.

 

Changes to the Atypical Working Scheme

Some changes have been made to the Atypical Working Scheme. For the current information and the latest application form please see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines.

 

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 seek payment of a fine or arrest any 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.

 

Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme

In response to the current humanitarian crisis in Syria the Minister for Justice and Equality is putting in place a humanitarian initiative - the Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme (SHAP). This Programme will allow naturalised Irish citizens of Syrian birth and Syrian nationals already lawfully resident in the State, to make an application for vulnerable close family members to join them in Ireland on a temporary basis for up to two years. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

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 Taiwanese passport. This will be a reciprocal arrangement with the 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.