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Immigration Residence Permissions (IRP) update April 2024

Transfer of registration responsibility for Meath, Kildare and Wicklow

What is the change?


With effect from Monday, 8 April 2024, first time registration and renewal of Irish immigration residence permissions (IRP cards) for residents of Meath, Kildare and Wicklow will transfer from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) of the Department of Justice.

Key points:


  • Implementation time frame: The new system of registration for residents of these counties will take effect from 8 April 2024.
  • Who is affected: Foreign Nationals who require an IRP card who are residing in the counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. 
  • With effect from 8 April 2024 the first-time registration of Irish residence permissions for Foreign Nationals based in counties Meath, Kildare and Wicklow will be carried out at the Registration Office, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. 
  • New arrivals to Ireland who intend to live in either of the three counties mentioned will need to attend a registration appointment at the Dublin office, as opposed to regional Garda stations.
  • Also with effect from 8 April 2024, the renewal of IRP permissions for customers living in Kildare, Meath and Wicklow will be submitted using the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) online renewal portal Applicants renewing their permission will not need to attend the Burgh Quay Registration Office in person.
  • GNIB will continue to undertake first registrations and renewal responsibilities for applicants living outside of counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.


Deloitte’s view


Deloitte welcomes this change as it will greatly improve the efficiency of the IRP renewal system for residents in Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, centralising renewal process and eliminating long wait times for appointments in regional Garda Stations.

However, this change will result in applicants residing in the above-mentioned counties having to travel to Dublin for their initial registration.

It should also be noted that this update is likely to increase wait times for first time registration appointments at the Burgh Quay office in Dublin as well as processing timelines for online renewals.

If you require any assistance with the above update, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

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