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Spotlight on EMEA Series: Ireland

In our Spotlight on EMEA we round up the latest immigration developments from across the regions.  In this post we focus on new measures and policy developments in Ireland that focus on alleviating the delays in the registration and renewals process for those requiring immigration process.


Please note the following important update for Registration of Residence in Cork & Limerick.

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD has announced that with effect from 8 July 2024, the responsibility for first time registrations and renewals of Irish immigration residence permission (IRP cards) for non-EU/EEA/UK/Swiss nationals residing in counties Cork and Limerick, will transfer from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to the Registration Office of the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) of the Department of Justice in Dublin.

With this transfer, approximately 80% of all national registrations and renewals will be transferred from An Garda Síochána to the Department of Justice.

This represents a further significant civilianisation of the immigration residence permission registration process, as recommended by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. In 2023, there were some 10,000 first registrations and 22,000 renewals of permission carried out by Gardaí in Cork and Limerick.

From 8 July 2024:

  • first time registrations for individuals residing in these counties will be registered at the Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin;
  • applications for renewal of permission can be submitted using the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) online renewal portal.

If you require assistance with your immigration status in Ireland or want to know more about the Irish immigration process please contact [email protected] and [email protected]


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