Ireland – New Appointment System for Registration of Residency

What has changed

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in Dublin is expected to release its appointment based system for Registration of Residency (GNIB) on September 8, 2016. The first appointments should be available from the 15th of September 2016. After this time, ‘walk in’ appointments will no longer be permitted.

Who is affected?

  • Registration of residency applicants

What to expect

This is a long-awaited system, which will ideally ease the current stressful and time-consuming process in Dublin, which involves individuals queuing from early in the morning in order to complete their registration.

Emigra Worldwide will work with clients and employees to arrange a mutually convenient time to complete the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) registration and book the appointment in advance. Appointments may need to be booked up to two (2) weeks in advance and even further in advance during busy periods. Consequently, Emigra Worldwide will need to coordinate the individual’s arrival date and ensure the GNIB registration is completed within the time frame set by the immigration officer’s entry stamp within their passport on arrival into Ireland.

Additionally, we have noted that immigration officers have reduced the standard entry stamp timeframe for residence registry for individuals arriving in Ireland and presenting their Employment Permits for the first time to only thirty (30) days, as opposed to the previous standard of ninety (90) days. This change increases the urgency for assignees to register for the GNIB registration as soon as possible after arrival. As such, we request that copies of all entry stamps be shared with Emigra Worldwide as soon as assignees arrive so that we can arrange their GNIB registration in time.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Appointments may need to be booked two (2) weeks in advance. Clients should plan accordingly to ensure that registration is completed within the allowable time frame.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.