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The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) was established in 2005 in order to provide a ‘one stop shop’ in relation to asylum, immigration, citizenship and visas. The INIS is responsible for administering the administrative functions of the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to asylum, immigration (including Visas) and citizenship matters. The INIS also facilitates a whole of government approach to immigration and asylum issues which enables a more efficient service to be provided in these areas.
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News and Events

 

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.

 

International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage – Dáil Éireann

10 December 2015

Minister Fitzgerald introduces the International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage to Dáil Éireann. The principal purpose of the International Protection Bill is to reform the system for determining applications for international protection in Ireland through the introduction of a single applications procedure. 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 .

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Minister Murphy attends High Level Migration Conference on the Western Balkans Route

8 October 2015

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy TD attended a High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans migrant routes, bringing together EU Ministers and representatives from Western Balkans States as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Minister Murphy said “Ireland is strongly of the view that the EU and its partner countries must work together in a spirit of solidarity and co-operation if we are to meet the unprecedented challenges that this current crisis brings to us all." Read the Ministers 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.

  

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.

 

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.

 

Minister Fitzgerald discusses international terrorism, security and migration with EU Ministers

10 July 2015

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has met with Ministers from across Europe to discuss matters including the threat from international terrorism and the need for a unified EU response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Discussing the recent attack on holidaymakers in Tunisia, the Minister expressed her deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, including the three Irish victims. Read the full statement 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.

 

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 Migration

13th 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Notice for students of Leinster College

Following the closure of Leinster College, all non-EEA national students who were enrolled on programmes with Leinster College are advised that your immigration permission to reside legally in the State requires you to be enrolled on an academic programme in an appropriate college.  The purpose of this note is to advise students on what you need to do next.  Full details are available on the main Students Web Page.

 

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 Ministers 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. 

 

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.

 

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 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. See the Minister's Press Release.

 

Reactivation Employment Permit Scheme – Operated by the Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation

From 1 October 2014 the Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation will accept applications for the Reactivation Employment Permits (REP).  The REP Scheme is designed for situations where a foreign national who entered the State on a valid Employment Permit but who fell out of the system through no fault of their own or who has been badly treated or exploited in the workplace, to work legally again.

In order to apply to the Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation an applicant must have a valid immigration permission - Stamp 1.

From 1 October 2014 INIS will accept applications for temporary immigration permission (Stamp 1) from eligible candidates.  Successful candidates will be granted a stamp 1 for four months.  During this four month period the applicant must apply to the Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation for a Reactivation Employment Permit.

Further information on the REP scheme is available on the Department Enterprise Jobs and Innovation website Here.  Further information on how to apply for the temporary immigration permission (Stamp 1 for four months) is available Here.

 

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.  See 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

 

Prior to 31 October 2014. - 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.

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Important Notice for Non EEA Nurses on Clinical Adaptation Placements

With effect from commencement date of the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 in September 2014, non-EEA nurses who have been accepted on clinical adaptation placements in the State will no longer be eligible to apply for employment permits (date in September is to be confirmed). The full details are available here - Important Notice for Non EEA Nurses on Clinical Adaptation Placements.

 

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.  

   

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.

 

  Visa Decisions can be found here

 

 

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