Ireland – Registration Function to Transfer from Police to Immigration Authority

Ireland – Registration Function to Transfer from ...

New immigration procedures for obtaining residence permission in Ireland are to be instituted. Amongst other things, this reform will transfer the registration function for non-European Economic Area nationals from the police to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

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Flash Alert 2014-090

Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald announced on 17 September 2014, plans for a major reform of the delivery of immigration services, to be introduced shortly.1  Amongst other things, this reform will entail the transfer of the registration function for non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals from the police authorities – currently with statutory responsibility for this function – to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).  

WHY THIS MATTERS

Global mobility professionals responsible for immigration will need to acquaint themselves with the change in roles and functions and the new procedures with respect to registration of newly-arrived migrants from non-EEA member countries.  As noted, the responsibility for registration of non-EEA persons’ permission to be in the country will now be with INIS, and thus new procedures in respect of obtaining residence permission are to be instituted.  This will likely involve the replacement of the current residence permission card issued to non-EEA nationals, known as a “GNIB Card,” with some other form of permission document. 

To foster compliance when this change takes place, the new steps to be followed should be communicated clearly to affected employees.

Background

Currently, non-EEA nationals who come to perform duties in Ireland under an Irish employment permit are required to present themselves at the offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 90 days of arrival and be issued with a residence permit, known as a GNIB card.  The GNIB card is renewed annually and effectively grants permission to reside in Ireland.

Changes Announced

Under the announcement, the responsibility for residence permission will now be with INIS – thus, new procedures for obtaining residence permission will be required.   This will replace the current arrangements whereby the immigration registration function is carried out by the police authorities at the immigration HQ in Dublin or other regional locations.

The details have yet to be made public, but they are anticipated shortly.  The required legislative changes will likely be introduced in the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014 (covered recently in Flash International Executive Alert 2014-081, 8 August 2014) which is now set to commence with effect from 1 October 2014.

CONTACTS

For additional information or assistance, please contact your local IES or People Services professional or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Ireland:

 

Duncan Watson

Tel. +353 1410 2391

duncan.watson@kpmg.ie

 

Michael Roonery

Tel. +353 1700 4061

michael.rooney@kpmg.ie

 

Paula Ruane

Tel. +353 1700 4398

paula.ruane@kpmg.ie

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Ireland.

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