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Ireland: Delays in Employment Permit Processing, GNIB Registration and Security Checks

Latest news on the delays in processing Employment Permits, GNIB Registration Appointments and Security Checks in Ireland

There are currently severe delays in the processing of Employment Permits and in obtaining appointments for GNIB Registration in Country Dublin.

There has also been a tightening up on border controls causing longer security clearance times at ports of entry into Ireland.

Employment Permit Processing Times

Standard applications are currently taking approximately 10 weeks to be processed. This is due to a large volume of applications submitted in November 2016, mostly from the medical professions/hospitals across the country. It is also due to changes within the government department itself.

Those companies who have obtained Trusted Partner Status as Employment Permits being sought under the scheme are currently being processed with 2-3 weeks, an improvement since the end of 2016.

Appeal applications are taking approximately 16 weeks from the date of receipt by the DJEI.

Applications for GNIB Stamp 4 Support Letters are currently taking approximately 4 weeks.
Please consider these timeframes when proposing start dates to new employees going to work in Ireland.

GNIB Appointments

There are significant delays in obtaining appointments for GNIB Residence Cards. It is advised that you schedule your appointment well in advance (approximately 6-10 weeks) to ensure you obtain an appointment within the required timeframe allocated by the DJEI.

GNIB card holders wishing to renew should make an appointment 10 weeks in advance of the expiry date of their current GNIB Card. These should be renewed within 2 weeks of their expiry date to avoid issues at renewals.

Stricter Security at Points of Entry

Recent news reports state that Irish airline staff members have been involved in human trafficking at Dublin Airport. This has had an effect on everyone travelling to Ireland, with more in-depth checks and scrutiny being enforced by immigration officers at all borders and points of entry.

It is important for those travelling to have their documents to hand when arriving at their port of entry and have clear reasons for their visit to or from Ireland. It is equally important that visitors carry with them the full and correct documents required to complete the GNIB Registration process at their local Immigration Office.

More information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Immigration team at or call +44(0)20 8836 3359.

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