Ireland – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective September 3, 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post. Any visa-required… Read more »


Ireland – Major Delays Continue for Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

Posted on July 30, 2018

There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year. The IRP Office in Dublin has… Read more »


Ireland – Signed Employment Contract Required for All Employment Permit Applications

Posted on March 26, 2018

  Effective March 26, 2018, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2018 introduce several changes, including an important new documentary requirement and an expansion of the occupations qualifying for intra-company transfers. What are the key changes? A copy of the signed… Read more »


Ireland – Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Effective immediately, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has clarified an existing rule that, for the Atypical Worker Scheme, letters of approval issued for entry clearance must be used within 90 days of issuance, after which they will… Read more »


Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces GNIB Card

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 11, 2017, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has replaced the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card with a new registration card called the Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Current GNIB card holders should not apply for… Read more »


Ireland – Increased Processing Time for Atypical Working Scheme Applications

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service announced on March 24, 2017 that there has been an increased amount of Atypical Working Scheme applications, with an increased processing time of 20 working days. Cases are being reviewing in the order they… Read more »


Ireland – Delays in Employment Permit Processing, GNIB Registration Appointment Booking and Security Checks on Entry

Posted on August 28, 2017

There are currently severe delays in the processing of Employment Permits and in obtaining appointments for GNIB Registration in County Dublin. There has also been a tightening up of border controls causing longer security clearance times at ports of entry… Read more »


Ireland – Stamp 4 Requirements Change

Posted on January 13, 2017

Foreign nationals with a Critical Skills Employment Permit are required to have a 2 year job offer, though are permitted to change employers after a minimum of 12 months.  A Stamp 4 allows the foreign national with a CSEP to… Read more »


Ireland – Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on January 6, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased to 9.25 Euro/hour.  To comply with the new law, the base salary must be increased before the addition of allowances. Permits that allow a low salary threshold should ensure the foreigner is… Read more »


Ireland – Short Stay Visa Waiver Program Extended

Posted on October 24, 2016

The Short Stay Visa Waiver Program was due to expire October 31, 2016, however, has been extended for the next 5 years, until October 31, 2021.  It first began on July 1, 2011 and has now been extended twice.  The… Read more »