Support services for foreign nationals in Ireland

Introduction

This page has information on organisations in Ireland that can give you information and advice about immigration or other difficulties you might have.

Support for visitors and tourists

Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS)

ITAS is a free nationwide service offering support and assistance to tourists who are victims of crime, or experience other traumatic events while visiting Ireland. It can help you replace travel documents, help with language difficulties, deal with medical needs, arrange accommodation or meals if needed and help to replace stolen travel tickets.

ITAS does not provide financial assistance to victims of crime, replace lost or stolen items or offer legal or insurance advice.

Foreign embassies and consulates

There are many foreign embassies and consulates in Ireland that provide consular services to nationals of their country. These services include advice and practical help with travel documentation. If you lose your passport or travel documentation when you are in Ireland, your country’s embassy or consulate can give you a temporary travel document. Your embassy or consulate can also help if you:

  • Have a medical emergency
  • Are a victim of crime
  • Are arrested or accused of a crime

Immigration advice

The organisations below can give you information and advice about immigration.

Immigrant Council of Ireland

The Immigration Council of Ireland (ICI) provides an information service and a limited legal service to immigrants.

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a national organisation providing support to migrant workers and their families. The MRCI's drop-in centre provides information, advice and assistance.

Crosscare Migrant Project

Crosscare Migrant Project provides information, support and advocacy to migrants. Its website livinginireland.ie is a guide to all aspects of living in Ireland and is available in English, Somali and Chinese.

Nasc

Nasc’s advocacy service provides immigration information and advice.

Doras

Doras gives information and advice on immigration through its advice and information centre.

Irish Refugee Council

The Irish Refugee Council has a drop in centre that can give you advice about the asylum process, direct provision and family reunification.

Other organisations that can help

International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS)

IPAS provides accommodation to people who have applied for international protection. It arranges accommodation and co-ordinates other services (including health, social services, welfare and education) for asylum seekers and people who have international protection.

Scheme of voluntary assisted return

If you wish to return voluntarily to your country of origin, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) may be able to assist you to return home. The IOM runs a Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Scheme, which can help you with travel documentation and arrange for transit and arrival assistance if needed.

Contacts

For further information on supports for foreign nationals in Ireland, you can contact your local Citizens Information Centre or the Citizens Information Phone Service.

Immigrant Council of Ireland

2 St Andrew Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

Opening Hours: Information and Referral Service: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am - 1pm
Tel: +353 (0)1 674 0200
Fax: +353 (0)1 645 8059

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

13 Lower Dorset Street
Dublin 1
Ireland
D01 Y893

Tel: (01) 889 7570

Crosscare Migrant Project

1a Cathedral Street
Dublin 1
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 873 2844
Fax: +353 (0)1 873 7003

International Organization for Migration

116 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 676 0655
Locall: Freephone: 1800 406 406
Fax: +353 (0)1 676 0656

Doras

Central Buildings

Central Buildings
51A O'Connell Street
Limerick

Tel: 061 310 328

Nasc Migrant and Refugee Rights

34 Paul Street
Cork
T12 W14H

Tel: 021 427 3594

International Protection Accommodation Service

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Miesian Plaza
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 418 3200
Fax: +353 1 418 3271

Irish Refugee Council

37 Killarney Street
Mountjoy
Dublin 1
Ireland

Tel: (01) 764 5854
Fax: (01) 672 5927

Irish Tourist Assistance Service

6-7 Hanover Street East
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel: +353 1 661 0562 and 1890 365 700
Fax: +353 1 661 0462

Page edited: 26 September 2022