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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.
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.
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.
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.
New Address for Citizenship Applications
For LODGING NEW APPLICATIONS ONLY the address is:
Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
PO Box 73
For ALL OTHER CITIZENSHIP CORRESPONDENCE the address is:
Department of Justice and Equality Office
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.
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
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)
Attention 2004 Probationary Extension Students!
DO NOT queue for a ticket from the middle of the night.
EVERYBODY who is eligible will be seen.
Tickets are given out each morning from 8am. Please DO NOT queue before 7am.
Please see the Schedule for your week of attendance. This will ensure
everyone can easily get a ticket.
THIS FACILITY OPERATES FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY.
THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS TO ATTEND ON A MONDAY.
IT IS QUIETER FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
Working Holiday Programme
On 1 January 2013 the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will introduce a Working Holiday Programme for young people who are holders of a Republic of China (Taiwan) passport. This will be a reciprocal arrangement with the Republic of China (Taiwan) who will introduce a similar programme for young people who are holders of an Irish passport on the same date.
The Working Holiday Programme is designed to promote an appreciation of culture and way of life between Ireland and other countries and territorial entities.
Full information regarding the programme along with details of the application procedure will be posted on this website shortly.
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 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.
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.
Shatter announces two new initiatives: Immigrant Investor Programme and Start-up Entrepreneur Scheme
The Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, TD, today announced Government approval for the introduction of two major new immigration initiatives aimed at facilitating (non EEA) migrant entrepreneurs and investors who, in return for permission to reside in the State, are prepared to invest here for the purpose of saving or creating jobs. The new initiatives will be known as The Immigrant Investor Programme and The Start-up Entrepreneur Programme. 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.