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New GNIB Registration System Requires Cork and Limerick Residents to Travel to Dublin

Dublin: The Irish government has implemented a significant change in immigration procedures.

Effective from July 8, residents of Cork and Limerick will be required to travel to Dublin for their initial GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) registrations at the Burgh Quay office. Appointments can be booked by calling the toll-free number 1800 800 630, with operators available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Applicants will need to provide passport details and a valid email address when booking.

Online System for Permit Renewal:

Residents of Cork and Limerick can renew their immigration permits online starting July 8. There will be no need to visit the Burgh Quay registration office or local Garda station in person. Applications should be submitted via (https://inisonline.jahs.ie), where processing steps can be tracked live.

First-time registration for immigration residence permits must be completed within 90 days of arrival in Ireland. Renewals or transfers to the stamp category can be applied for up to 12 weeks before the permit expires.

Administrative Changes

In an effort to streamline operations and allow Gardai to focus on legal proceedings, the government has decided to transfer immigration administrative functions to the Department of Justice. This change follows the recommendations of the Future Policing Commission.

Minister of Justice Helen McEntee announced the new system, which aims to civilianize the administrative functions of An Garda Síochána. The new process will be implemented from July 8, 2024, in counties Cork and Limerick.

The responsibility for registering and renewing first-time immigration residence permits for non-EU/EEA/UK/Swiss nationals will shift from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to the Department of Justice’s Immigration Service Delivery (ISD). This transition is expected to alleviate 80% of the registration and renewal workload from the Garda.

Last year, the Garda conducted 10,000 new registrations and 22,000 renewals. More than 100 Gardai have been assigned immigration duties, including registration, across the country. Their services can now be redirected to more critical tasks, such as deportations and investigations.

The GNIB will continue to handle first registrations and renewals for residents outside Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Cork, and Limerick until the full transfer of responsibilities to the Department of Justice is completed, anticipated by early 2025.

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