Updates and announcements 2012

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Notice to Non National Parants of Irish Born Children

Notice to non national parents of Irish born children born in the State before 1 January 2005, who were initially granted permission to remain in the State under the IBC/05 scheme and who were subsequently granted renewed permission in 2007 and 2010.

An arrangement has been put in place for the further renewal of permission to remain in the State to non-nationals who are the parents of an Irish born child, born in the State before 1 January 2005, who were initially granted permission to remain in the State under the Irish Born Child Scheme, 2005 (IBC/05) and who were subsequently granted further permission to remain in 2007 and 2010. Please see the latest renewal details by clicking on this link to Irish Born Child Renewals.

Establishment of a Case Processing Panel

Information Note and Application Form

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is establishing a temporary Case Processing Panel.

An information note and an application form are available at the link below.

Establishment of a Case Processing Panel, Information Note and Application Form

Registration Certificate Fee

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD, with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, has decided to increase the fee for the issue of a registration certificate to non-nationals lawfully present in the State with effect from next Monday 19 November, 2012.

For further details please see our Immigration Registration webpage.

2004 Student Probationary Extension

2004 Student Probationary Extension

Students residing in Ireland from before 1 January 2005

* Additional information for employers has been added to this notice (04/09/12)

* Additional information for trainee accountants has been added to this notice (12/09/12)

Deportation of Pakistani Nationals

On 25 October 2012, in a deportation operation led by Spain and organised through the EU FRONTEX network, 19 persons were deported from Ireland to Pakistan under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Five of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

9 persons were deported from Ireland to Tbilisi, Georgia on 11 October, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. Six of the deportees were in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Working Holiday Programme

On 1 January 2013 the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will introduce a Working Holiday Programme for young people who are holders of a Taiwanese passport. This will be a reciprocal arrangement with the Taiwan who will introduce a similar programme for young people who are holders of an Irish passport on the same date.

The Working Holiday Programme is designed to promote an appreciation of culture and way of life between Ireland and other countries and territorial entities.

Full information regarding the programme along with details of the application procedure will be posted on this website shortly.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in October 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 15 October 2012.

Some 2400 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

13 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 12/13 September, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. Two of the deportees were in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Unavailability of General Immigration Help-line

Please note that due to a technical fault the General Immigration help line is currently not available. As soon as the problem is rectified this message will be updated.

Guidelines for Victims of Domestic Violence

INIS has now published guidelines for dealing with cases where a person who is the victim of domestic violence wishes to obtain immigration status independent of that of the perpetrator

Victims Of Domestic Violence (Size 59KB)

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

18 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 20 June 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. One of the deportees had been convicted in Ireland of a number of serious criminal offences.

Deportation of Ghanian nationals

8 persons were deported from Ireland to Accra, Ghana on 17 May, 2012 under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation led by the UK Border Agency.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in June 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Thursday 14 June 2012.

Some 4000 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

On 27 April 2012, in a deportation operation organised through the EU FRONTEX network, 7 persons were removed from Ireland and returned to Georgia.

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

12 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 18th April 2012 under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland was one of a number of EU countries which participated in the deportation operation organised through the EU Frontex Network.

Minister Shatter waives visa requirements for holders of Olympics Accreditation

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D, has announced that his Department will accept the Olympic accreditation document issued by the London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) to competitors, coaches, officials and media representatives in lieu of an Irish visa.The waiver applies to visits to or transit through Ireland for the period leading up to and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London this summer.

This initiative further supports the Minister's objective to restructure the immigration system to encourage and facilitate business and tourism activity. Other such measures include the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme which has been extended for a further period of four years and the new immigration programmes for investors and entrepreneurs. Read the Minister's Press Release.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in April 2012

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Sunday, 01 April 2012.
Some 4000 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Minister Shatter announces extension of Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, TD, today announced Government agreement for the extension of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme for a further period of four years. This initiative, introduced for the first time last year, was welcomed as a very positive step in encouraging visitors to Ireland. The programme had originally been due to last until the end of October this year but on consideration of a review of the Programme, the Government agreed to extend its duration.

The Minister also announced the following changes to the Programme;
­Bosnia and Herzegovina will be added to the existing list of 16 countries already covered by the Programme;
­As a further measure to encourage tourism, the fee for visas will be waived for long-term residents from the countries covered by the Programme who live in the Schengen area. This will be reviewed after six months. Read the Minister's Press Release.

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

21 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on 7th March 2012 under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland was one of a number of EU countries which participated in the deportation operation organised through the EU Frontex Network. A number of deportees had serious criminal convictions for offences including theft, drug possession and supply and violent assault.

Immigration in Ireland 2011 – a year-end snapshot – major changes and more to follow

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, has today published key figures on immigration related activity in Ireland in 2011. He also signalled his broad plans for further significant reforms of the immigration system in 2012. Read the Minister's Press Release.

Ireland-UK agreement to further secure the Common Travel Area

Minister Shatter has signed an agreement with the UK Minister for Immigration reinforcing Ireland and the UK's commitment to preserving the Common Travel Area and to take joint action to tackle immigration abuses. This will include the exchange of information such as fingerprints and biographical details on visa applicants, particularly from high risk countries. Read the Minister's Press Statement. Read the Joint Agreement.

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals

On 14 December 2011, 19 persons were removed from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Ireland ws one of a number of countries which participated in the deportation operation which was organised therough the EU Frontex Network.

Cork Citizenship Ceremony in December 2011

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in City Hall, Eglinton Street, Cork on Friday 9th December 2011. 635 candidates will attend the ceremonies where they will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Deportation of Pakistan Nationals

On 24 November 2011, 13 persons were removed from Ireland to Pakistan under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 as part of an operation organised through the European Union FRONTEX network.

Application Fee for Citizenship Applications

An application fee for all applications for a Certificate of Naturalisation has been introduced with effect from 10 November 2011.

Read the Minister's Press Release.

Further information is also available through this link to Application Forms and Guidance Notes

Advance Passenger information

The Minister for Justice , Equality & Defence Alan Shatter TD has signed a new law requesting airlines to provide Advance Passenger Information.

This new measure which is aimed at improving border control and combating illegal imigration will be introduced before the end of 2011and will apply to all inbound flights to Ireland from outside the EU.

Read the Minister's Press Release

Immigration and Citizenship Law amended by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011

The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011 was enacted by the Oireachtas on 27 July, 2011 and was signed into law by the President on 3 August, 2011. The new legislation provides for a number of amendments to Immigration and Citizenship law.

Read more about the new legislation

Changes to citizenship application processing announced

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, on 16 June 2011 provided details of a package of measures aimed at reforming the processing of citizenship applications.

The new initiatives which are currently being implemented will mean that, save in exceptional circumstances, persons applying for citizenship will be given a decision on their application within six months. The reforms also include the introduction of a citizenship ceremony which will serve to elevate the status of the granting of Irish citizenship and celebrate a major event in the lives of immigrants.

Read the Minister's Press Release here

Deportation of Georgian Nationals

On 14 June 2011, 13 persons were removed from Ireland to Georgia under section 9 of the Immigration Act 1999 as part of an operation organised through the European Union FRONTEX network. A number of those removed from the State had been convicted of criminal offences by the Irish courts and had served prison sentences.

Holiday and other Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

Ireland's first formal visa waiver programme came into effect on 1 July 2011.

From 1 July 2011, nationals from 16 countries who obtain a visa to enter the UK for a short term visit and wish to travel from there to Ireland will not require an additional visa for Ireland.

The countries to whom the scheme applies are as follows:

  • Eastern Europe: Belarus, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine
  • Middle East: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
  • Other Asian: India, Kazakhstan, Peoples Republic of China, Uzbekistan

The programme forms a central part of the new Government's Tourism policy and Job Creation Initiative.

Read more about the scheme on our Visa Waiver Programme Information Note

Press release | Sham marriages are an abuse of EU freedom of movement rights

Minister Shatter alerts EU Ministers to highly irregular patterns of marriage in Ireland involving EU nationals and third country nationals in the context of the exercise of EU freedom of movement rights.

Read the Minister' Press Release

 

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