Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces Garda National Immigration Bureau Card

What is changing?

The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INS) has announced that effective December 11, 2017, the Irish residence permit known as the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card has been replaced by the Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Who will be affected?

  • Non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss nationals intending to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days.

What to expect

Unlike the GNIB card, the IRP is not an identity card; it is a registration certificate. A change in the layout of the IRP that differs from the GNIB card and now includes:

  • A brief description of immigration permission, including the permission stamp number.
  • A microchip with a copy of photo, fingerprints and personal details

The IRP has exactly the same legal status as the GNIB card; confirming that holders are registered with the Irish Immigration Authorities.

Holders must carry the IRP with them at all times including when they leave or re-enter Ireland. Current GNIB holders do not need to take any action at this time. When their GNIB card expires, it will be replaced with the new IRP.

The IRP has exactly the same legal status as the GNIB card, confirming that holders are registered with the Irish Immigration Authorities; however, unlike the GNIB card, the IRP is a registration certificate, not an identity card. IRP Holders are required to carry the IRP with them at all times, including when they leave or re-enter Ireland.

Applicants registering in Dublin will no longer receive their residence permits on the same day. The IRP will be sent via post to applicants’ registered address within five (5) to ten (10) working days after they register for their residency. The process for applicants residing outside Dublin remains the same; they will attend their residence registration appointment and return to the Immigration office to collect their IRP certificate.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Applicants whose residence permit applications are in process and applicants whose employment permits have been approved and are due to attend appointments for registering their residency will be informed on a case by case basis that they will be receiving an IRP, rather than a GNIB card.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.