Garda National Immigration Bureau
It must be emphasised that the nature of the Immigration Registration process is such that a personal presence is required by applicants to provide their personal details, including biometrics to prevent fraud and misrepresentation. This is a standard requirement with Immigration services throughout the world.
Approx 30,000 non EEA students who arrive in the State to take up educational opportunities are required under law to register within 90 days of coming here. The vast majority of these arrive in the autumn and are in addition to the normal workload which is dealt with throughout the year without any difficulties.
The physical nature of the building in Burgh Quay imposes serious limitations on the number of cases that can be registered, fingerprinted and checked in any given day. Use of other buildings for this purpose is not an option because the biometric equipment and elaborate smart card production systems are not mobile and in any event has to be linked up in real-time to the Garda IT systems.
Notwithstanding these limitations, over 100,000 callers to the building are dealt with each year. It should be noted however that the GNIB Public Office is open from 8am to 9pm each Monday to Thursday and 8am to 6pm each Friday. The office also remains open through lunchtime. Priority is given in the early morning period for particular categories including those coming here to work or conduct business. This is to minimise the amount of time persons at work are required to be away from their jobs.
From the 10th of May 2014, a revised, interim smart card Certificate of Registration will be issued to all non-nationals residing in the State on registration with An Garda Síochána in accordance with Section 9 of the Immigration Act 2004.
These new cards will be printed centrally, in batches, at the offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
Non-nationals residing outside of the Dublin Metropolitan Region will continue to register in the Registration District in which they reside and will be required to return to the same Registration Office to collect their Certificate of Registration at a later date.
Existing Certificates of Registration will remain valid until the date on which the certificate is expressed to expire.
Due to the introduction of the batch printing process non-nationals who register at the Registration Office, 13 - 14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, after 8.30.pm in the evening may be required to return the following morning to collect their certificates of registration.
The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) carries out deportations, border control and investigations relating to illegal immigration.
GNIB is based at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. It is headed by a Detective Chief Superintendent who reports to the Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services.
All non-nationals who are not citizens of a member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, must register with An Garda Síochána and at all times have a valid registration certificate in the form of a GNIB Card. From the 19th November 2012 a fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash. You can download an information leaflet about the fees and methods of payment in the Fees Information panel on the right hand side of this page.
If you are residing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region you must register at the GNIB offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. The registration desk opening hours are:
The Registration Office at the Garda National Immigration Bureau is open to the public from:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00.am. to 9.00.pm
Friday: 8.00.am to 6.00.pm.
Student registrations will not be processed between 8.00.a.m. and 9.00.a.m. each morning.
Procedure for renewing your GNIB Card:
Are you residing in the Dublin area?
Renew your card at GNIB, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 666 9100/1
Are you residing outside the Dublin area?
Renew your card at your local Garda Síochána District Headquarters Station. To find out where your District Headquarters Station is, contact your local Garda Station.
You can also register at Baltinglass Garda Station, Co. Wicklow and Leixlip Garda Station, Co. Kildare.
In order to obtain a Garda/Police Certificate of Character please apply in writing to your local Garda Station. These are not provided by GNIB under any circumstances.