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Recent Immigration Updates in Ireland 2024

The Department of Justice has recently implemented two significant updates aimed at streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency for immigrants residing in the country. These updates mark a change in responsibility and eligibility criteria, impacting individuals seeking first-time registration or renewals of residence permissions.

 Transfer of responsibility for first-time registration and renewals

 One of the key updates involves the transfer of responsibility for first-time registration and renewal of Irish immigration residence permissions for individuals residing in Meath, Kildare, and Wicklow. Previously managed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), this responsibility has now transitioned to the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) of the Department of Justice.
As of 8th April 2024, individuals in Meath, Kildare, and Wicklow seeking first-time registration can do so at the Registration Office located at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. Appointments for first-time registration can be scheduled via the Freephone number (1800 800 630), with operators available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Moreover, online renewals of permissions for residents in these counties can be conveniently submitted through the ISD online renewal portal, eliminating the need for in-person visits to the Registration Office.
It’s important to note that applications for renewal of residence permission, including changes in Stamp category, are accepted by both ISD and GNIB up to 12 weeks prior to expiry, ensuring adequate processing time.
For individuals navigating these processes, a comprehensive user guide on engaging with ISD services is available to facilitate a smooth experience (

Update to eligibility requirements for Stamp 4 upgrades

 Another notable update relates to the eligibility criteria for a Stamp 4 upgrade, particularly for individuals on Stamp 1 or 1H permissions. Effective since 15th  November 2023, the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment ceased the provision of Stamp 4 support letters, prompting a review by ISD.
Following the review, eligibility for a Stamp 4 upgrade has been revised, now allowing employees on Stamp 1 or 1H permissions to qualify for a Stamp 4 upgrade after 21 months of employment in the State under specific categories, including Critical Skills Employment Permit, Hosting Agreement as a Researcher, or Multi-Site General Employment Permit as a Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor.
Alternatively, individuals on General Employment Permits are eligible for a Stamp 4 upgrade after completing 57 months of employment in the State.
Importantly, categories for eligibility are not interchangeable, and the documents required for registration remain unchanged. Determination of employment commencement is facilitated through the ‘Employment Detail Summary’ available on
These updates signify Ireland’s commitment to modernising immigration processes, ensuring transparency, accessibility, and fairness for all individuals navigating the intricate pathways of immigration regulations.
If you would like more information on the above or would like our assistance with any immigration related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our highly experienced team of immigration professionals at 01 873 5012 or and we would be glad to assist you.

Author Bio

Taise Azevedo

Taise Azevedo, Parner, can assist you with all areas of Irish Immigration – e.g. applications for visas, regularising status in the State, naturalisation applications, employment permits applications, long term residency, immigrant investor programme etc. Taise can accept instructions in English or in Portuguese. Contact Taise if you would like assistance with any of these matters. or +353 (0) 1 873 5012

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