Garda National Immigration Bureau
Registration of immigration permission for people living in Dublin is now operated by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration service (INIS).
Only people living in the greater Dublin area are affected by this change.
People living in the rest of the country should continue to register with their local GNIB immigration office.
Further information on the Burgh Quay Registration Office is available at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/registration.
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. This is a standard requirement with Immigration services throughout the world.
Over 100,000 callers to the building are dealt with each year. 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.
All registrations at the Burgh Quay Registration office are by appointment only. The office no longer operates a walk-in queuing system.
It should be noted however that the GNIB Public Office is open for people with appointments to register their immigration permission from 8am to 9pm each Monday to Thursday and 8am to 6pm each Friday. The office also remains open through lunchtime.
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.
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.
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 Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) offices at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. The registration desk opening hours are:
The Registration Office at the INIS 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
Further information on the Burgh Quay Registration Office is available at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/registration
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.