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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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Notice to INIS Customers re: 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.

Download Immigration in Ireland: Annual Review 2015 (PDF 2.5MB)

Atypical Working Scheme for 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.

Download the Task Force's report (PDF 1.8MB)

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 for Crew Members (Fishing Fleet)

For general information about the Atypical Working Scheme please see Atypical working scheme: General

Introduction of new Stamp for students using Third Level Graduate Scheme (Stamp 1G)

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 the new stamp 1G

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