Registration based on a letter from INIS
If you received a letter from INIS with information about how to register with immigration, you must follow the instructions it contains.
A summary of the registration process and what you can expect is below. However, do not rely on this information alone when planning how to register. You must follow the instructions in your letter.
You will register based on a letter of instructions from INIS. Find out more about registration
Before you travel to Ireland
Check if you need a visa
If you need a visa, apply for a Long Stay (D) Visa.
If you come to Ireland using a Short Stay (C) Visa, you will not be allowed to register. You will have to leave the country and reapply.
When you arrive in Ireland
Check your registration date
If you are allowed into Ireland, an immigration officer at border control will stamp your passport and then add a date to the stamp.
You must visit a registration office in person before this date to:
- Apply for permission to stay here
- Register your details with immigration
If you don't get permission/register in time, you may have to leave the country.
Find a registration office
If you live in Dublin City or county
You must go to Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin City centre.
Before you visit, you must book an appointment online. For best choice, book your appointment 10 weeks in advance.
Do not go to Burgh Quay without an appointment, as you will not be allowed to register.
If you live outside Dublin City or county
You must go to the registration office nearest to where you live. Registration offices are located at Garda Síochána (police) stations around the country.
You may need an appointment to visit a regional registration office. Contact your local office before you visit to check opening days & times.
When you register
Documents you will need
Check your letter from INIS for a detailed list of what you need to bring with you.
If any documents are missing, your permission to stay in Ireland cannot be confirmed and you will not be allowed to register.
Cost & payment options
You must pay a fee of €300 per person to register. You can pay by:
- Bank giro: A giro is a pre-printed form and can be collected from any registration office.
- Credit card or debit card: These can be used at Burgh Quay Registration Office and some others.
Contact your local office to confirm payment options before you arrive.
Visit the registration office
At the registration office an immigration officer will examine your documents and confirm your permission.
They will also record your personal details for registration (eg fingerprints & photo) and collect the €300 fee.
Most visits take about 1 hour, including some waiting periods.
Read more about what happens when you visit a registration office.
If your visit is successful
Before you leave the registration office, the immigration officer will:
- Put a stamp in your passport to confirm your permission to stay
- Give you a Certificate of Registration to show you have been registered
The type of stamp indicates the conditions of your permission, including the:
- Activities you can - and cannot do - in Ireland
- Time period you are allowed to stay
The Certificate of Registration (also called a 'GNIB card') indicates that:
- Your permission to stay here has been registered
- It also includes the name of the stamp in your passport
Certificates of Registration are called 'GNIB cards' because they are often issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
There are several types of stamp with different names, eg Stamp 0, Stamp 1. Each one indicates a type of permission.
The type of stamp you are given is based on the immigration officer's judgement.
Read a longer description about stamps and permission.
After your visit
Update or modify your details
You should inform us if your personal details or circumstances change, for example:
- The reasons underlying your permission change
- You change your home/postal address
- Other details change, eg you change your name
You should also contact us if there is a problem with your documents (eg we misspelled your name) or if you lose or damage your Certificate of Registration (GNIB card).
Renew your registration
Permission expiry & renewal
Most permission is valid for 12 months.
If you wish to stay in Ireland longer, you must renew your permission & registration before they expire.
If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your record. In some circumstances, you may have to leave the country.
If you have questions, contact us.
Updated: 2 November 2016
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2 November 2016
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