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  • 09/02/2015   Minister for Justice announces extension of the British-Irish Visa Scheme to India
    The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) was established in 2005 in order to provide a ‘one stop shop’ approach in relation to asylum, immigration, citizenship and visas. 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.
  • 26/01/2015   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
  • 23/01/2015   Minister Fitzgerald attends 100th Citizenship Ceremony
    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
  • 13/01/2015   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. The Ministers for Justice and Equality, and Education and Skills are fully committed to delivering on the Government's regulatory reforms programme in this area announced in September 2014. The Ministers will examine the range of options that are available to progress the reforms in a manner consistent with the High Court decision, and without prejudice to a possible appeal. The Government is committed to maintaining Ireland's reputation as a high quality destination for international students and will continue to implement all necessary reforms to protect that reputation
  • 12/01/2015   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. INIS is aware of allegations that the college has failed to refund monies due to certain students whose visa applications were refused. While INIS cannot comment on specific allegations regarding refund of fees it is understood that some funds remain outstanding and the affected students should continue to pursue this issue with the college. It should be noted that if a private business is allegedly involved in defrauding a person with whom it has dealings this is a matter for the application of criminal law and should be reported to An Garda Síochána for appropriate criminal and/or fraud investigation. A college taking money from students pending a visa application is fully aware that they have no entitlement to those funds until the student is confirmed as being allowed to come to Ireland as a student. This is standard practice across EU jurisdictions which are involved in international student business. Should the student's visa application be refused then the fees must be returned (less a reasonable small handling charge). Almost all colleges honour their commitments in this respect.