The Department of Justice and Equality announced on Monday 22nd June a new online registration renewal system for Dublin-based non-EEA students.
Non-EEA, Dublin based students seeking to renew their immigration permission will now be able to complete the application form online, upload copies of supporting documents, pay the applicable fee and submit their passport and current Immigration Residence Permission (IRP) card via registered post. Documents will be checked and, if approved, passports will be stamped and returned by registered post and an IRP card will be issued by express post.
This new service will be made available to all categories of non-national students residing in the Dublin area, who are eligible for renewal of their permission to reside in Ireland. The service does not extend to first time registrations.
Previously, students seeking to renew their registration permissions were required to book an appointment to attend in person at the registration office. These appointments were typically in high demand.
Piloted in 2019 by 3,500 third level students seeking to renew their permissions, the new online system will be kept under ongoing review with the intention that it could be rolled out to other categories of applicants in the coming months.
The Department of Justice and Equality intends that the new online system will reduce the burden on applicants and relieve pressure on the public registration office which, when it re-opens, will focus on first time student registrations.
The online renewal application portal can be found here.
See related EMN Ireland study: Attracting and retaining international higher education students: Ireland