On 29th July 2019, the Minister for Justice and Equality announced a new system of registration for third level non-EEA Students, which is to operate from 26th August 2019.

It should be noted that the new system will initially apply to Dublin based students. Students based outside of Dublin will still have to attend in person at their nearest Garda District Office for registration renewals.

English language students cannot avail of this new system and should continue to attend in person at GNIB (by appointment) or their nearest Garda District Office.

At present, Dublin students are required to book an appointment online with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and attend in person to renew their registration.

As of 26th August the new online process will work as follows:

  • Applications to renew, together with all required supporting documentation, should be submitted online.
  • Registration fee of €300 to be paid online.
  • Students should post their original passports to GNIB in order to obtain their stamp.
  • GNIB will return students passports, with stamp endorsement, by registered post.
  • GNIB will subsequently forward Permit cards to students by registered post.

INIS have indicated that they are considering whether such a system could be extended at, a later date, to other types of permit renewals.

Given that there are approximately 8,000 third level non-EEA national students registered in Ireland, Shannons Solicitors hopes that the removal of a substantial portion of these students from the GNIB online appointment booking system will free up a significant number of appointment places and reduce the current waiting periods.