Re-locating to a new location, or a new country can always be a challenge, especially when you need to follow the rules and regulations of the host country.
Deciding to move over to Ireland, is an exciting adventure-one that can also be a bit of a challenge as well. If you are thinking of moving over and happen to be a Non-EU resident then you will need to register with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), also known as Irish Residence Permit (IRP).
This is an identification card with some basic personal information, such as name, birthdate and registration number.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about moving over:
- Location- the registration office is located at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, DO2 XK70. If you live in Dublin, you will have to go to this office. There are other offices in Ireland, but you must be living in those counties.
- Cost- The biggest thing to keep in mind when it comes to registering and obtaining an IRP is the cost. For each card you need to have (they expire depending on the length of the visa or work permit), you will need to pay €300 euro. Keep in mind this is ONLY accepted via debit/visa/or Mastercard. Cash will NOT be accepted.
- Where to Book- appointments are only available online: https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie/ . In order to book online you need a passport and an email address. If you have already obtained a card, bring your expired card for renewal.
- Booking window- Many appointments are released at 10am, especially new appointments, and any cancellations happen around 2/2:30. I would suggest trying to book your appointment in advance, I suggest 2-3 months before you enter the country.
- Don’t rely on communication- As it is a government business, they are not the most prompt in responding to queries over the phone or by email. If it is a serious case, stop by the office
- Don’t Pay for booking appointments- There are a lot of bots currently buying up appointments and selling them online. Never give your personal information through uncertified users.
- Don’t Give Up! – Trying to get an appointment can be a time consuming and at sometimes tedious. Keep trying and don’t give up, as cancellations occur.
Once you are lucky to land an appointment:
- Be sure to bring all the documentation you need. Depending on the visa this may include (proof of address, bank details, work contract and visa permission documentation).
- Once you arrive, get a ticket with a number on it, this will be your lifeline to meet with a representative. HOLD ON TO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!
- It can be a long wait, so you may need to take a morning or afternoon off from work.
Above all things, be sure to bring a book to read, a podcast to listen to and remember to be patient to the workers behind the glass. They can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.