What has changed
On October 17, 2018, the Department of Justice introduced new software changes in response to the recent hacking of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) appointment system. The hack involved internet “bot” programmes which blocked Irish Residence Permit (IRP) appointments with the INIS and sold these appointment slots to foreign nationals.
For the foreseeable future, there likely will be a shortage of IRP appointments. Previously, IRP appointments in Dublin were available on short notice, and the IRP office was able to accommodate last-minute emergency appointments.
Who is affected
What to expect
Emigra Worldwide and partners are working closely with the IRP office in Dublin to secure appointments on short notice and for emergency cases. However, special treatment cannot be guaranteed with the IRP office.
Until the IRP appointment has been booked, travel plans should be postponed to avoid the need to reschedule travel or IRP appointments. Applicants should never travel without an up-to-date IRP card.
Emigra Worldwide will book IRP appointments for applicants as they become available.
Applicants are also able to book their own appointment at this link. Once booked, applicants are encouraged to share details of their appointment as soon as possible in order to arrange accompaniment where required. If applicants attempt to re-schedule their IRP appointment, they will be moved to the end of the waiting list.
What you need to do
- Emigra Worldwide can provide appropriate assessment on a case-by-case basis and provide timelines.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.