Planning a Holiday Trip for Christmas? Don’t Forget to Renew Your IRP!

Are you dreaming of a magical Christmas getaway this year? If you’re a Non EEA National residing in Ireland, the Department of Justice has an important message for you. The Immigration Services Registration Office at Burgh Quay Dublin (ISD) is experiencing a significant surge in renewal applications, and they want to ensure your holiday plans go off without a hitch.

Renew Your IRP Card in Time for Christmas

If your current immigration permission is set to expire soon, it’s crucial that you submit a renewal application promptly. The ISD is currently processing applications with a turnaround time of 3-4 weeks. After your renewal application is complete, it may take an additional two weeks to receive your new Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card by post. A valid IRP card is often a requirement for international travel to and from Ireland.

Deadline for Renewal: October 31, 2023

To make sure that Non EEA Nationals legally residing in Ireland can enjoy their Christmas holidays without any hassles, the Minister is urging everyone to submit their renewal applications online by October 31, 2023. This especially applies to those living in the Dublin area who plan to travel during the Christmas holiday period. Applying online via the ISD online portal is the quickest and most efficient way to ensure your application is processed in a timely manner.

Don’t Miss the Deadline

Given the current processing times, which are approaching six weeks, it’s essential to heed the October 31st deadline. The ISD cannot guarantee that any renewal application submitted after this date will be processed in time for you to receive your IRP card and facilitate your Christmas travel. So, make sure to mark your calendar and submit your application before the deadline to avoid any last-minute stress.

Important Reminder

It’s important to note that regardless of when your renewal application is submitted or processed, the validity period of your renewed permission will be based on your current expiration date. So, the sooner you renew, the more time you’ll have for future travel.

Don’t let paperwork stand between you and your holiday cheer this Christmas. Plan ahead and renew your IRP card on time to ensure a smooth and joyful holiday season. For detailed information and to submit your renewal application, visit the ISD online portal.

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This holiday season, enjoy the warmth of the festive spirit, not the stress of immigration paperwork!