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Asylum services in Ireland are delivered by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) and several other organisations.


Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

INIS is a 'one stop shop' responsible for the overall supervision of the asylum and immigration system in Ireland. INIS also supports the Minister for Justice and Equality in setting policy in this area.

Contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

International Protection Office (IPO)

IPO processes applications for asylum and subsidiary protection in Ireland. IPO makes recommendations to the Minister for Justice and Equality about whether or not to grant protection.

Visit the International Protection Office website

International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT)

If IPO delivers a negative recommendation about an application for refugee status or for Subsidiary Protection, these decisions can be appealed to IPAT.

Visit the International Protection Appeals Tribunal website

Reception and Integration Agency (RIA)

RIA provides asylum seekers with a safe place to live and basic services while their application is being processed.

Visit the Reception and Integration Agency website

Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

An Garda Síochána is the police force in Ireland. GNIB is the part of the police force responsible for police operations related to asylum and immigration matters.

Visit the Garda National Immigration Bureau website

INIS Repatriation Division

The Repatriation Division of INIS oversees the repatriation of people who have been refused asylum status and anyone else who is determined to be in the country illegally.

Contact the INIS Repatriation Division



If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 5 January 2017

Page history

5 January 2017

All references to Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) changed to International Protection Office (IPO).

All references to Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) changed to International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT).

24 May 2016

Page published.