Registration of non-EEA nationals
If you are not a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), the United Kingdom or Switzerland, you need permission to enter Ireland. If you want to stay for more than 3 months you must have permission to remain and register your presence in Ireland with Immigration Service Delivery (ISD). This is how you get an Irish Residence Permit (IRP).
If you live in Dublin, you must make an appointment to go to the registration office in Burgh Quay. Outside of Dublin, you go to your local immigration registration office.
New Irish Residence Permit
A new Irish Residence Permit (IRP) was introduced on 1 March 2022. The new card is more secure and has more information about your residence conditions. Your current card is valid until its expiry date, or 31 May 2022 (whichever is later).
Registration during COVID-19
Registering for the first time
If you are from outside the EEA and were given permission to enter the State for up to 90 days, that permission is automatically renewed on the same conditions as you were given at your point of entry to Ireland. See ‘Registration renewals’ below.
The registration office at Burgh Quay in Dublin has reopened for first time registrations. A new online booking system will be available in the coming weeks. For now, you must phone 1800 741741 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to book an appointment
If you live outside of Dublin, you can check your local registration office for updates.
Non-EEA citizens aged 16 and over should register with ISD.
If you have arrived as the family member of an EEA citizen, you should apply for residence by completing the relevant form.
If you have an immigration permission that is due to expire before 31 May 2022 it is automatically extended until 31 May 2022. This includes immigration permissions that have already been automatically extended since the start of COVID-19.
You will not get a new Irish Residence Permit (IRP - previously called a GNIB Card) automatically. You will also not get a permission letter. You should go to your local registration office to renew your IRP between now and 31 May 2021.
If you live in Dublin you can renew your IRP online. This means you will not have to go to the registration office in Burgh Quay to register in person. You must have less than 30 days left on your current permission before you can use the online renewal system. There are delays in renewing IRPs in Dublin, and the processing time is currently 12 weeks. ISD has issued a notice for employers that you can use if your employer is concerned about your legal status.
If you live outside Dublin, you can check registration arrangements at your local Garda station.
If you were informed in your immigration permission letter that you should write to ISD to renew your permission before it expires, you should write and ask for your permission to be renewed in the normal way.
Who has to register with immigration?
You must register with ISD if you plan to stay in Ireland for over 3 months and you:
- Are 16 or over
- Are a citizen of a country outside the EEA (this is the EU and Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), Switzerland and the UK
- Have received permission to remain in Ireland
If you are living in Ireland already and are about to turn 16, you must register with ISD.
People who have recently arrived from Ukraine
You do not have to register with ISD immediately. The Department of Justice is putting plans in place for registration and more information on how this will work will be published here when it is available. You can read about coming to Ireland from Ukraine.
Permission to remain
You may have already applied to ISD for permission to remain in the State and received a letter granting your permission. This could be because you have:
- Refugee or subsidiary protection status following an application for international protection
- Leave to remain following an application for international protection
- Permission to remain in Ireland as the family member of an EEA national
- Permission to remain in Ireland as the family member of an Irish citizen
- Permission to remain as the parent of an Irish citizen child
- Any other permission to remain that was made by application while you were in Ireland
You should bring the letter you got from ISD with you when you go to register.
‘D’ or long stay visa holders
If you have recently come to Ireland on a ‘D’ (long stay) visa, or you are a citizen of a country that does not require an entry visa (non-visa required), you can register with ISD without making a written application in advance. This could be because you are:
- Joining a family member who is has international protection in Ireland (family reunification)
- Joining or moving to Ireland with your Irish spouse or family member
- Joining or moving to Ireland with your dependant Irish family member
- An international student
- On a working holiday visa
- Moving to Ireland with an employment permit
How to apply for an Irish Residence Permit
As soon as possible following your arrival in Ireland, you should go to your local immigration registration office to register. If you live in Dublin this is the Burgh Quay Registration Office and you must phone 1800 741741 to book an appointment. This Freephone number is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. A new online booking system will be in place in the coming weeks.
What must I bring?
You should bring your passport (unless you have refugee or subsidiary protection status). You should also bring:
- Proof of address
- Proof of your employment if you are working
You should also bring information about your situation in Ireland. For example, if you are married to an Irish citizen, you should bring your marriage certificate and proof that you are living with your spouse. If you are an international student, you should bring proof that you have paid your college fees and have private health insurance.
How much does it cost?
You must pay a fee of €300 for your Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Your IRP is free if you:
- Have refugee status
- Have subsidiary protection status
- Have leave to remain under Section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015
- Are under 18
- Are resident based on your marriage to an Irish citizen
- Are a family member of an EU citizen
How to renew your Irish Residence Permit
Immigration permissions have been automatically renewed because of COVID-19.
Before your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expires you should go to your local immigration registration office to renew it if you are outside Dublin. You will need to bring your passport, your current card and evidence to support your residence permission, such as an employment permit.
Online renewals in Dublin
If you live in Dublin, you can renew your IRP online, unless you have a new passport. If you have a new passport, you can renew your permission online.
There are delays renewing IRPs in Dublin, and the processing time is currently 12 weeks. ISD has issued a notice for employers that you can use if your employer is concerned about your legal status.
To renew your IRP online, you should:
- Complete the online registration form
- Scan and upload your documents
- Pay the fee
- Get a reference number (by email)
- Send original documents by registered post
You have to scan and upload the following documents when you are applying:
- Biometric page of your current passport (the photo page)
- Front and back of your current IRP
You should also upload documents that show that you are satisfying your immigration conditions. This depends on your situation, and may include:
- Evidence that you are supporting your Irish citizen child
- Proof that you have paid your college fees, have met the attendance requirements and are enrolled in a college course
- Proof that you are living with your spouse or partner (if applying based on your relationship with them)
- Your employment permit
You then have to send the following original documents to ISD:
- Your IRP
- A printout of the confirmation page from your online application
You do not have to send your original passport by post unless you have received a new passport since your last registration.
Write the stamp number you are renewing on the envelope. Send your documents by registered post.
What happens after I register?
Following registration with immigration officials, you will be issued with an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) by post.
You must carry your card with you at all times and show it to an immigration officer or the Garda Síochána if requested.
If you change your address, or change your name, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as your Irish Residence Permit (IRP), you will also receive a stamp in your passport, which specifies the duration and the conditions of your permission to remain in Ireland. If you are renewing online in Dublin, you will not receive a stamp in your passport.
The following table lists the different types of stamp issued to non-EEA nationals:
|Stamp number||Issued to|
People with permission to remain in Ireland for a specific, temporary and limited purpose, for example:
Elderly dependent relatives of people living in Ireland
|1H||Doctors with General Employment Permits|
|1G||Graduates who are permitted to remain under the Third
Level Graduate Scheme
Spouses and partners of doctors who have Stamp 1H or Stamp 4
Students who are attending a recognised full-time course of at least one year. They are permitted to work for 20 hours a week during term time and full time during holidays.
Students who are attending a course not on the list of eligible courses for a student visa (including private secondary schools). They are not permitted to work.
People who are not permitted to work. This includes:
People who can work without an employment permit. This includes:
People granted international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection)
People granted leave to remain following an appeal of a 'notification of intention to deport' under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999, or following a refusal of an application for international protection
People who have been granted long term residency
People who have completed 2 years on a Critical Skills Employment Permit.
People who have completed 5 years on a General Employment Permit
|4S||People who received permission to remain as ‘timed out students’. This scheme closed in January 2019|
|4 (EU FAM)||
Family members of EU nationals who have exercised their right to move to and live in Ireland. They do not need an employment permit or business permission to work.
|5||People who have permission to remain without any time conditions.|
|6||People who are dual citizens and ask for an endorsement in their non-Irish passport|