Updates and announcements 2013

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Shatter publishes immigration policy guidelines on Family Reunification

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published new policy guidelines for dealing with family reunification applications in the Immigration system. The guidelines are intended to provide for greater transparency in the immigration decision making process and also to set out in detail the reasoning behind the policies. Read the Minister's Press Release.

New arrangements for non-EEA doctors

New arrangements for non-EEA doctors (including locum doctors) have been agreed between INIS, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation regarding the immigration and employment permits regime to be applied in respect of non-EEA doctors working in the State. For full details see Non-EEA Doctors - Immigration Arrangements.

Thailand added to Visa Waiver Programme

From Monday, 18 November 2013, citizens of Thailand will be able to avail of the Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme. The Programme allows visitors or business people from eighteen countries who have lawfully entered the UK, including Northern Ireland, on a valid UK visa, to travel on to Ireland without the requirement to obtain an Irish visa. Official figures show that there was a 38% increase in the number of visitors from the countries involved in 2012 compared to 2010, the last full year before the introduction of the Programme. Read the Minister's Press Release.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in October 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 21st October, 2013.
Some 3,800 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.

Opening of new Reception facilities at Burgh Quay

New reception facilities for visitors and customers to the offices if the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service at Burgh Quay will be opened from Monday 16th September. The existing entrance is being retained for staff only.

The work is part of a wider programme of measures designed to improve its services to customers using our Burgh Quay Offices. For example, plans are also being developed for the introduction of an Online appointments system for both registration and visa re-entry applicants which will enable customers to know with certainty when they will be dealt with, thus completely eliminating the need for people to queue for these services. The development of the new reception facilities is a prerequisite to these plans.

Further information in relation to re-entry visas /en/INIS/Pages/Re-entry visas

Notice | Notice to INIS Customers about possible fraud

It has come to our attention that some of our customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS.

The caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day. They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation.

This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.

This is an attempted fraud. INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.

Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are.

If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or An Garda Síochána immediately.

Subsidiary Protection – important new information

The INIS (Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service) is currently revising Subsidiary Protection Application procedures. Please click on the following link New arrangements for processing applications for Subsidiary Protection for further details.

Return of Nigerian and Ghanaian Nationals

9 persons were removed from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana on Wednesday 14th August 2013, under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

The deportation was part of a joint operation led by the UK Immigration authorities. 1 person was in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

The Atypical Working Scheme will be implemented with effect from 2 September 2013

This Scheme applies to non-EEA nationals who, in certain circumstances, are required by a company/organisation based in the State to undertake short term work where a skill shortage has been identified, or to provide a specialised or high skill to an industry, business or academic institution. For further information or to download an Application Form see Atypical Working Scheme Guidelines.

Subsidiary Protection

The INIS (Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service) is currently revising Subsidiary Protection Application procedures. Please click on the following link Revision of Subsidiary Protection Application Procedures for further details.

INIS Línte Cabhrach Teileafóin - INIS Telephone Helplines

"Mar chuid de uasghrádú straitéiseacha na Roinne a córais Teileafón, beidh INIS ag tabhairt isteach córas nua i mí Lúnasa. Mar sin féin, beidh de thréimhse ghearr ama nuair nach mbeidh sé indéanta a chur ar fáil teachtaireachtaí nGaeilge agus i mBéarla araon ar a línte cabhrach teileafóin. Beidh sé seo go deireanach ar feadh roinnt seachtaine ach beidh INIS iarracht tréimhse seo a choinneáil ar íosmhéid.

"As part of a Department strategic upgrade of its Telephone systems, INIS will be introducing a new system in August. However, there will be a short period of time when it will not be possible to provide both Irish and English messages on its telephone help lines. This will last for a number of week but INIS will endeavour to keep this period to a minimum".

Improvement to Customer Facilities at Burgh Quay Offices

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is working to improve facilities for customers who visit its Burgh Quay Offices. A new reception facility is being created which will be dedicated to customers and visitors. The existing entrance is being retained for staff only.

The work is part of a wider programme of measures designed to improve its services to customers using our Burgh Quay Offices. For example, plans are also being developed for the introduction of an Online appointments system for both registration and visa re-entry applicants which will enable customers to know with certainty when they will be dealt with, thus completely eliminating the need for people to queue for these services. The development of the new reception facilities is a prerequisite to these plans.

The works are scheduled to commence on site on 12th July and are planned to be completed by early September. The works are timed to minimise the amount of disruption caused to customers and where possible the noisier tasks will be carried out outside of public opening hours. We would ask you to bear with us during the period of the works which are designed to improve our services into the future.

Further information in relation to re-entry visas /en/INIS/Pages/Re-entry visas .

Shatter announces changes to Immigrant Investor Programme

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter, TD today announced some significant changes in the Immigrant Investor Programme operated by his Department. The changes, which were agreed by the Government this week, followed a review of the operation of the programme after its first year and are intended to make the programme more attractive to potential investors. Read the Minister's press release.

Return of Congolese Nationals

10 persons were removed from Ireland to be returned to Kinshasa, DR Congo, 16th June 2013 . The return was part of an operation led by Belgium via Brussels to Kinshasa and organised through the FRONTEX network.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in July 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Thursday 4th July, 2013.
Some 4,500 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.

Return of Nigerian Nationals

6 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday 5th June, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of an operation led by Austria organised through the EU FRONTEX network.

For the attention of applicants for Re- entry Visas

Major improvement works are due to commence to the public reception and waiting areas of the Public Office in the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) at Burgh Quay, Dublin in the 3rd week of June 2013. The works will last for a number of weeks. During this time, there will be restrictions on the number of personal callers which the Re-entry Visa Office will be able to deal with daily. Please see Re-entry visas for full details of the the expected disruption.

Return of Albanian Nationals

A total of 15 persons were deported from Ireland to Tirana, Albania on Thursday 16th May, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a European Frontex operation led by Ireland. 5 of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Subsidiary Protection

The INIS (Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service) is currently revising Subsidiary Protection Application procedures. Please click on the following link Revision of Subsidiary Protection Application Procedures for further details.

Dublin Citizenship Ceremony in May 2013

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 20th May 2013.

Some 2080 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.

New Initiatives between the Department of Justice and Equality (INIS) and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

The implementation of new initiatives agreed by INIS and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will give rise to changes in certain immigration procedures. These initiatives and associated changes will be implemented in two phases . Please click here for further details.

Return of Pakistani and Nigerian Nationals

A total 10 persons were deported from Ireland to Islamabad, Pakistan and to Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday 24th April under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of two joint operations led by the Spanish and Dutch Immigration Authorities, respectively.

Return of Nigerian Nationals

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 21st March, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation with the United Kingdom Border Agency.

Return of Nigerian Nationals

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Monday 25th February, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation with the United Kingdom Border Agency. 4 of the deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Return of Georgian Nationals

7 persons were deported from Ireland to Tbilisi, Georgia on 13 February, 2013, under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. The deportation was part of a joint operation organised through the EU FRONTEX Network. All 7 deportees had been in custody for immigration related or criminal offences.

Citizenship Ceremony

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place in The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 on Monday 11th March, 2013.

Some 3000 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

11 persons were deported from Ireland to Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday 24th January 2013 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.

Immigration in Ireland - 2012 in review and priorities for 2013

Minister Shatter publishes key figures on immigration related activity in Ireland in 2012 and outlines broad plans for further reform of the immigration system in 2013. Read the Minister's Press Release.

 

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