Registration updates & announcements

Minister Flanagan announces new immigration registration renewal system for 3rd level students

29 July 2019

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today announced a new online system for 3rd level non-EEA students. This will replace the existing system which currently requires Dublin-based students to present in person at the Burgh Quay Registration Office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). The new arrangements will come into effect from 26 August 2019 to coincide with the start of the new academic year.

See full details of the Ministers' press release.

Immigration Registration appointments will be offline for a short period

25 June 2018

Due to routine server maintenance the appointment booking system for immigration registration will not be available from 4pm Tuesday 25th to 10am Wednesday 26th June.

Christmas period opening hours

25 June 2019

The Burgh Quay Registration Office opening hours are as follows:


Monday 24th December 9.00am - 1.00pm

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th December 10.00am - 2.00pm

Monday 31st December from 9.00am - 1.00pm.


Normal opening hours resume on 2 January 2019.

Grafton College Closure

13 December 2018

IF you are a student of Grafton College you can attend at the Burgh quay Registration office BQRO at your appointment time.

When you attend at BQRO with evidence of your enrolment in Grafton college, health insurance and evidence of your residential address you will receive a short term permission/registration. This is to let you take up another English Language course.

In order to register past this temporary permission you will have to have enrolled in a new course. This short term permission will not be counted in the overall limit of 24 months for English language courses.

Printing delays with Irish Residence Permit cards

21 March 2018

We are currently experiencing a technical issue printing our Irish Residence Permit cards. If you attended the Burgh Quay Registration Office between 23 and 28 February 2018 there is a possibility that your card has been delayed. We are currently working very hard to rectify this situation and to have all cards printed and issued as soon as possible. We hope to have all these cards issued by 6 April 2018.

If you have not received your card by that date please contact us again via email. Please do not call into the office. We will post updates on the INIS website.

The stamp in your passport is your evidence of your immigration status in the State. This stamp is sufficient for applying for a Re Entry visa and, if appropriate, for taking up employment.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Registration office opening times for Christmas

20 December 2017

The Burgh Quay Registration Office will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December. The office re-opens for a limited number of appointments on 28 and 29 December from 10am to 3pm.

Normal business will resume on Tuesday January 2nd at 8am.

All appointments must be booked as normal in advance through the appointment booking system.

Goodbye GNIB card. Hello Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

11 December 2017

From 11 December the previous registration certificate (GNIB card) has been replaced by a new registration certificate called the Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

IMPORTANT: Do not apply for an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) until you need to renew. Your existing registration certificate (GNIB card) remains valid until it expires.

New card. New design.

The new Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is based on EU standards, including:

  • New design, based on EU colour and layout rules
  • New information, including a brief description of your immigration permission
  • New features, including robust security and identity protection

New card. Same rules.

The IRP does not give you any new rights or entitlements.

For example, an IRP does not allow you to travel to or live freely in other EU countries. All existing travel and immigration rules still apply.

New card. New process.

If you live in Dublin, you will receive your IRP by post after you register from now on. It will not be given to you at your registration appointment.

The process outside Dublin has not changed.

New card. Same responsibilities.

Your responsibilities for the new IRP are the same as your old registration certificate (GNIB card).

For example, you must carry your IRP with you all times and present it to an immigration officer or a member of An Garda Síochána (police) if requested. This includes whenever you leave or re-enter the country.

Read more about the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP)

Third-party appointment smartphone apps

27 October 2017

The Registration web appointment system has the most up-to-date information about appointments for the Burgh Quay Registration Office.

Some independent (third party) apps may re-use information from the appointment system, eg to assist with bookings.

Neither the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (Burgh Quay Registration Office) nor the Garda National Immigration Bureau are associated with these apps in any way.

If you have a query about these apps or how they re-use information from the appointment system, contact the app developers directly.

Rescheduling of appointments cancelled due to storm Ophelia

16 October 2017

The Burgh Quay Registration Office was closed on Monday 16 October due to Met Éireann's status red wind alert. We are now contacting everyone affected to make new arrangements.

Read more about the office closure

Registration appointments system offline

29 September 2017

On Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 1:00pm, the Registration appointment system will be offline for up to 2 hours for maintenance. The system should be fully operational again by 3pm.

Get help to book an appointment

Changes to rules for trainee accountants (stamp 1A)

1 June 2017

New immigration rules for trainee accountants (no stamp 1A) have been published. The new rules clarify:

  • Time allowed to complete a qualification
  • Academic progress
  • Changing courses
  • Work placements
  • Rules for accounting technicians

Download the new rules for trainee accountants on stamp 1A

Check early & often to book an appointment in Dublin

10 January 2017

Make sure to book your renewal appointment up to 10 weeks before your registration expires.

Do not leave it to the last minute. Last year, 100,000+ people visited a registration office and most appointments are booked early.

Extra appointments

If you need an appointment within the next 2-3 weeks, check the website at 2:30pm every day.

A small number of extra near-term appointments are released every afternoon. If you do not find a near-term appointment straightaway, keep trying. It may take you 2 or 3 days to find one.


Always cancel your appointment if you cannot attend. If you do not cancel, you less likely to find an appointment when you need one.

Currently 10% of all attendees are 'no-show'. This makes it harder for people to find appointments.

Find out how to make a registration appointment in Dublin

New registration appointment system is now fully active in Dublin

15 September 2016

From today onwards you must have an appointment to visit Burgh Quay Registration Office. The previous queuing-&-ticketing system has now ended. Do not go to register or renew without an appointment as you cannot be seen.

Find out how to make a registration appointment in Dublin

Registration appointment system offline temporarily

9 September 2016

To ensure the new system remains responsive at high levels of demand, it must be reinforced to maintain performance.

To make this change, the system is offline temporarily and we apologise for this.

Learn more about the new online appointment system

New online appointment system for registration now live

8 September 2016

A new online system for booking an appointment at Burgh Quay Registration Office (Dublin) is now live.

If you register at an office outside Dublin, you do not need to use this system.

Read more about new online appointment system for immigration registration

New options for students to show proof of finance

1 September 2016

If you need a visa to come to Ireland and you wish to study here, you must prove that you have direct access to:

  • €3,000, if you are staying for more than 6 months (see note 5 below)
  • €500 per month or €3,000 (in total) if you are staying 6 months or less

You can now use 1-of-4 options to show you have sufficient finance.

Read more about new options for students to show proof of finance

Changes to work entitlements for students with Stamp 2

2 August 2016

Employment entitlements are changing from 1 September 2016 for non-EEA students holding a valid permission Stamp 2. They will be permitted to work 40 hours per week during the months of June, July, August and September only - and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive.

At all other times students with Stamp 2 permission are limited to 20 hours work per week.

Changes to employment entitlements of students with Stamp 2


Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated: 30 July 2019