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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.
National Media College (formerly New Media College)
Business & Computer Training Institute
This suspension is pending further inquiries into the allegations of irregularities and further action may follow.
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.
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.
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.
Subsidiary Protection Regulations - Important New Information
With effect from 14 November 2013, responsibility for processing all existing and future subsidiary protection applications has transferred from the Minister for Justice & Equality to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) under Statutory Instrument No 426 of 2013, the European Union (Subsidiary Protection) Regulations 2013 (attached below)
SI 426 of 2013 (PDF - 1134KB)
A detailed Information Note explaining the new arrangements for the processing of subsidiary protection applications is also attached which you should read in conjunction with the regulations.
SP Information Note - 13th Nov 2013 (PDF - 48KB)
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.
Opening of new Reception facilities at Burgh Quay:
New reception facilities for visitors and customers to the offices of 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.
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.
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.
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 .
INIS Línte Cabhrach Teileafóin - INIS Telephone Helplines.
"Mar chuid de uasghrádú straitéiseacha na Roinne ar a córais Teileafón, beidh INIS a thabhairt isteach córas nua i 2014. Mar sin féin, beidh tréimhse ama nuair nach mbeidh sé indéanta teachtaireachtaí Gaeilge agus Béarla araon a chur ar fáil ar a línte cabhrach teileafóin ach beidh INIS iarracht an tréimhse sin a choinneáil ar íosmhéid.
"As part of a Department strategic upgrade of its Telephone systems, INIS will be introducing a new system in 2014. However, there will be a period of time when it will not be possible to provide both Irish and English messages on its telephone help lines but INIS will endeavour to keep this period to a minimum"
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.
Trials of ‘self-service’ automated border control technology at Dublin Airport
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, announced on 10th May 2013 that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has started six month trials of automated border control gates (e-gates) at Terminal One, Dublin Airport. This is the first time that e-gates have been used in Ireland for immigration purposes. Read the Minister's Press Release.
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.
Notice to Non National Parants of Irish Born Children
NOTICE TO NON NATIONAL PARENTS OF IRISH BORN CHILDREN BORN IN THE STATE BEFORE 1 JANUARY 2005, WHO WERE INITIALLY GRANTED PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN THE STATE UNDER THE IBC/05 SCHEME AND WHO WERE SUBSEQUENTLY GRANTED RENEWED PERMISSION in 2007 and 2010.
An arrangement has been put in place for the further renewal of permission to remain in the State to non-nationals who are the parents of an Irish born child, born in the State before 1 January 2005, who were initially granted permission to remain in the State under the Irish Born Child Scheme, 2005 (IBC/05) and who were subsequently granted further permission to remain in 2007 and 2010. Please see the latest renewal details by clicking on this link to Irish Born Child Renewals.
Guidelines for Victims of Domestic Violence
INIS has now published guidelines for dealing with cases where a person who is the victim of domestic violence wishes to obtain immigration status independent of that of the perpetrator.
Minister Shatter announces extension of Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., today announced Government agreement for the extension of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme for a further period of four years. This initiative, introduced for the first time last year, was welcomed as a very positive step in encouraging visitors to Ireland. The programme had originally been due to last until the end of October this year but on consideration of a review of the Programme, the Government agreed to extend its duration.
The Minister also announced the following changes to the Programme;
Bosnia and Herzegovina will be added to the existing list of 16 countries already covered by the Programme;
As a further measure to encourage tourism, the fee for visas will be waived for long-term residents from the countries covered by the Programme who live in the Schengen area. This will be reviewed after six months. Read the Minister's Press Release.