Renew your registration based on a letter from INIS
When you were first granted permission to stay in Ireland, you were sent a letter with information about your immigration permission and related conditions.
The letter also contained information about how to renew, including documents and other evidence you will need.
A summary of the renewal process and what you can expect is below. However, do not rely on this information alone. You must follow the instructions in your letter.
You plan to renew based on a letter of instructions from INIS. Find out more about renewal
Before you renew
Check your expiry date
The expiry date for your current immigration permission & registration is shown on the stamp in your passport and on your Certificate of Registration (GNIB card).
To apply for a renewal, you must visit a registration office during the 2 week renewal period before expiry.
If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record. In some circumstances 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.
Make your booking 10 weeks before your registration expires to get an appointment during the 2 week renewal period. (You cannot book more than 10 weeks in advance.)
Do not go to Burgh Quay without an appointment, as you will not be allowed to renew.
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 renew
Documents you will need
Check your letter from INIS for a detailed list of what you need to bring with you.
In most cases you will need the same information as the first time you registered.
If any documents are missing, you will not be allowed to renew.
Cost & payment options
You must pay a fee of €300 per person to renew. 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, check existing records and update your details, eg new photo.
They will also collect the fee.
Most renewal visits take about 1 hour, including some waiting periods. Read more about what happens when you visit a registration office.
If your renewal is successful
Before you leave the registration office, the immigration officer will:
- Put a fresh stamp in your passport to grant you permission to stay
- Give you a new 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 (GNIB Card) indicates that:
- Your permission to stay here has been registered
- It also includes the name of the stamp in your passport
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 you renew
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 or stamp.
Renew again or change permission
Permission expiry & renewal
Most stamps are valid for 12 months, though some last less time.
If you wish to stay in Ireland longer, you must renew your permission and registration again before the next expiry date.
Note: You can only be given permission up to the expiry date on your passport.
If you do not renew in time, future applications could be affected by gaps in your immigration record, eg if you intend to apply for long term residence.
In some circumstances, you may have to leave the country.
Change your permission/stamp
In some circumstances you may be able to change what you are allowed to do in Ireland or how long you can stay by applying for a change of permission.
To change, you must already have a valid (unexpired) stamp and be able to prove you meet the conditions of the permission you want.
Long term residence
Path to long term residence
You may be able to apply for long term residence if you have been lawfully resident in Ireland for several years and have no unexplained gaps in your immigration record.
If you have questions, contact us.
Updated: 2 November 2016
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2 November 2016
Text change from: "Make your booking 6 weeks before your registration expires to get an appointment during the 2 week renewal period. (You cannot book more than 6 weeks in advance.)"
5 September 2016