Immigration updates - December 2020
Burgh Quay Registration office reopening
Dublin’s Burgh Quay Registration Office has reopened as of 2 December 2020 for appointment holders only. Priority will be given to people who had their first-time registration appointments during lockdown and will be contacted directly by Immigration Service Delivery staff.
If you did not have a first-time registration appointment previously and need to book one, visit the Burgh Quay registration office website: https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie/
Passports no longer need to be submitted when renewing immigration permissions
As of December 2020, individuals renewing their immigration permissions through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) online renewal system no longer need to submit their passports by post to be stamped and sent back.
Similarly, people living outside of Dublin will no longer have their passports stamped when renewing at their local GNIB registration office. People living outside Dublin will still be required to present their passports however to prove their identity when renewing.
Read more on the Department of Justice website: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Online-Immigration-Registration-Permission-Renewal-update-to-procedure-02-Dec-2020.pdf/Files/Online-Immigration-Registration-Permission-Renewal-update-to-procedure-02-Dec-2020.pdf
The Department has also prepared a list of FAQS available at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Online_Immigration_Permission_Renewal_with_online_passport_submission_FAQs.pdf/Files/Online_Immigration_Permission_Renewal_with_online_passport_submission_FAQs.pdf.
Citizenship by naturalisation applications: Tax Clearance Certificates now required
The Department of Justice has announced a new process starting Monday, 23 November for all applications for citizenship by naturalisation. Applications of this sort will need to include an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate to prove the person's tax affairs are in order.
The certificate can be obtained online using eTax Clearance (eTC) through the Revenue website.
Read more at https://www.irishimmigration.ie/etax-clearance/
Post-Brexit information for UK nationals and their non-EEA family members living in Ireland
Brexit comes into effect 31 December 2020. For UK nationals living in Ireland, nothing will change as the Common Travel Area protections mean that you can continue living, working and studying in Ireland as before.
For non-EEA family members of UK nationals living in Ireland, there will be separate arrangements including exchanging your current Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card for a new EU Free Movement card. The card exchange will begin in January.
Read more on the Department of Justice website: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages//UK-withdrawal-from-the-EU-Information-for-UK-Nationals-and-their-Non-EEA-family-members-living-in-Ireland