Online student renewal applications for degree level college students in Dublin only

Degree level college students (including Masters and PhD degrees), who live in Dublin city or county, who have previously registered with INIS, and who are progressing to the second or later year of a degree course, will be able to renew their IRP cards through an online application system. They will be able to submit their application and all supporting documentation online, pay the registration fee online and then post their original in-date passport, original IRP card and a copy of the Acknowledgement Email to INIS.

The passport is needed to complete registration as their permission has to be put into their passport in the form of a stamp. If their application is granted, their passport will be stamped and returned to them by registered post, and their new IRP card will follow by separate post.


The online renewal system will be available to students who live in Dublin and have a Dublin address and:

  • Have previously registered with INIS as a student on a 3rd level degree course,
  • Are progressing to your second or later year of study of that course,
  • Are resident in Dublin city or county.

Submit an application

Application form

This is an online process accessed through our "INIS Online" portal. You must register an account on the portal before you can submit your application.

Before using the INIS Online portal, please read the detailed instructions on how to use the INIS Online portal. Frequently asked questions about using the online portal can be found here.

*Important: The onus is on the customer to ensure that all documents are uploaded correctly, payment is processed and the in-date passport is submitted. The customer should retain a copy of the application acknowledgement email and proof of the Registered Post submission.


Click the INIS Online button to go to our online portal.

How to submit your application

You will complete your application online, and pay the €300 registration fee online. Once you submit your application online, you must send the following documents by registered post:

  • your original in-date passport,
  • the original IRP card and,
  • a copy of the application acknowledgement email.


Please send these documents by registered post to:

Student Renewal Applications Unit
13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
D02 XK70


Note: Documents sent by ordinary post will not be processed.


Required documents

You will be asked to upload the following documents with your online application. These must be scanned. The only formats we accept are PDF, PNG and JPEG. Instructions on how to scan your documents are available in the online portal guidance document.

  • Copy of biographical page of passport,
  • College registration renewal letter,
  • Previous year’s results,
  • Medical insurance, and,
  • A scan of your current IRP card.

Next steps

Processing times

Applications are processed in 10 – 15 working days.

If your application is successful

You will be notified by email. Your permission will be renewed and your in-date passport will be stamped and returned to you by Registered Post.

The new IRP card will issue to you separately within 10 – 15 working days.

If your application is unsuccessful

You will be notified by email and your passport will be returned to you by registered post. You can then email to request a refund form which you should complete and return. It may be open to you to resubmit your application.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I choose not to apply under the new arrangements and still present in person.

    No. The new system is specifically put in place to facilitate renewals of permissions for qualifying students so that they do not have to present in person. This is a major concession to these customers. It would be unfair on other categories of customers who continue to have to present in person to have their appointments taken by persons for whom specific and more favourable arrangements have been put in place.

  2. I am studying at an English language school – can I apply online for renewal?

    No, this scheme is only available for third level students taking a multi-annual degree course.

  3. I am finishing a language course and going to third level college in the 2019/2020 academic year. Can I apply online to renew my Stamp 2?

    No, you must register in person in your first year of a course in a third level college or university. You will be able to renew online from your second and subsequent years of your course.

  4. I live in Dublin but am studying in Maynooth – can I apply?

    Yes, you can – as long as you live in Dublin you are a customer of INIS.

  5. Can I apply before I have registered with my college?

    No, you must complete college registration first. You cannot apply for renewal of your Stamp 2 without proof that you have registered with your college for the 2019/20 academic year.

  6. I have previously held a Stamp 2, but have graduated and am applying for a Stamp 1G – can I apply online?

    No, the scheme is for continuing students only, not for students who are changing to a different immigration permission e.g. work permit, graduate employment etc.

  7. I live in Cork, can I apply online for renewal?

    No, the scheme is currently available only to customers of INIS, i.e. students who live in Dublin.

  8. Do I have to pay an application fee to apply online?

    No, there is no additional cost to register using this online scheme. The standard registration fee will apply and will be payable online.

  9. Can deliver my passport by hand to the INIS offices once I make my on-line application ?

    No. It will not be possible deliver your passport by hand as it is important that it is tracked. Accordingly, you are advised to submit the passport by registered post when its receipt in INIS will be recorded and INIS commits to return it by registered post so that again its return can be tracked and you will sign for its return. In this way, the risk of any error arising is reduced to the absolute minimum.

  10. How do I make an online application to renew my student permission?

    Register or log on to the INIS Online application system and create your IRP Renewal Application by choosing the Third Level Degree Students IRP Card Renewal (Dublin residents only) and complete the online application form. Follow the instructions on documents to be forwarded to the INIS office.

  11. I am a student on a Stamp 2 and will apply on the Student Renewal online system to renew my permission. Can my dependant spouse, who is currently on a Stamp 2A also apply online? 

    No. This application form is for student stamp holders (Stamp 2) who are currently living in Dublin City or Dublin County only. Dependants of students already registered on Stamp 2A cannot avail of the online renewal system and must book an appointment at the Burgh Quay Registration Office on to renew their permission for the coming year.

  12. What happens if I forget to upload the necessary documents as part of my application?

    Once you have created an application, you cannot upload additional documents. When we review the application, we may then send you a request to upload any additional documentation we require.

  13. How much is renewal and how do I pay?

    The fee for renewal is €300 payable online as part of the application process.

  14. How long will it take to process my application after submission?

    10 – 15 working days.

  15. How will I receive my application once processed?

    The permission stamp will be placed in the in-date passport provided and returned by Registered Post with the IRP card being sent by separate post.

  16. Can I collect my application once processed for INIS?

    No. The renewal office does not operate a public counter. All passports are returned by Registered Post only to the address provided on the online application form.

  17. How can I obtain an update on the status of my application?

    You may submit your query by email to *Note: The processing of applications takes 10-15 working days from the date of receipt in INIS. It would greatly assist us, if you only contact us if it is absolutely necessary.



Contact & help

If you have questions, check the support centre for help.

Updated:14 January 2020