The GNIB Renewal Process: How Do You Renew Your Immigration Registration?

All non-Irish nationals living in Ireland who are not citizens of any EU country must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). Upon registration you will be issued a residence permit, allowing you to reside in the country legally. GNIB renewal is essential for any non-Irish citizens, however, it is being replaced with the Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Regardless of which you currently hold it is essential that you ensure you are up to date with either your GNIB renewal or IRP renewal.


After the expiration of either GNIB or IRP, you are only allowed to remain within the state under current conditions for a maximum of 8 weeks. Due to advancements in technology, you are now able to apply for either an IRP card renewal or GNIB card renewal online, making the process much more convenient and easy for those who need it. Both options regardless of how you opt to renew will result in you having a physical card, which can be used as proof of your immigration status.


GNIB renewal vs. IRP renewal

Whilst it can be daunting to adapt to change, there is little difference between the previous and updated versions of registration. The main differences between the two are as follows:


  • New design – the physical cards look different. The IRP card now includes a brief description of immigration permission, for example, if you’re able to work
  • Enhanced security features that help protect your identity
  • Unlike GNIB cards which are issued upon application, after IRP renewal online, IRP cards will be posted to applicants – in lieu of the physical card applicants will have their passports stamped which can be used as proof of application status whilst awaiting the physical card


Despite the physical card being different aesthetically, the IRP card functions in the same way as the GNIB card. Both options prove the immigration status of the applicant and should be carried at all times. Neither card can be used as an identity card.


Are you eligible for renewal?

Not everyone is eligible for GNIB or IRP renewal. In order to be eligible for renewal you must meet the following criteria:


  • You must have a passport, if you have lost your passport you can only apply for renewal once you have obtained a replacement passport
  • You must be able to pay the renewal fee should it be applicable to your registration
  • You would need a copy of your original permission alongside other GNIB or IRP renewal documents
  • You can only renew your status 12 weeks in advance of your permission expiring


Please note that there are varying levels of immigration status in Ireland, which can also impact your ability for renewal. Those looking for GNIB renewal stamp 4 may have different permissions than those who are awarded stamp 1. Please ensure you’re aware of your permissions before seeking renewal.


How do you renew your immigration registration status?

GNIB online renewal or IRP online renewal is a simple process consisting of the following steps:


  1. Set up an online account
  2. Ensure you have all relevant documents
  3. Complete the online registration form
  4. Upload supporting documents
  5. Pay any required fees
  6. Submit your application – following this you will be emailed a reference number
  7. Successful applicants will be emailed and will receive their card within 10-15 working days
  8. If your application is unsuccessful or more information is needed you will be emailed
  9. Any fees paid for unsuccessful applications will be refunded


You are also able to renew GNIB or immigration status in person, the process of which is as follows:


  1. Make a GNIB renewal appointment – if you live outside Dublin you can book at the registration office closest to yourself either via email or telephone
  2. Your appointment will last approximately 30 minutes, during which the following will happen:
    • Your documents will be reviewed
    • You will have your photograph and fingerprints taken
    • Any necessary fees will be paid
    • Your passport will be stamped with permissions given
  3. Following your appointment, you will be notified when your card is available for collection


What documents do you need to renew your GNIB/IRP?

Residents outside of Dublin will need to provide the following documents (all of which much be originals, photocopies will not be accepted):


  • Your old GNIB or IRP card
  • Passport
  • Depending on your permissions you may need evidence of marriage or relationship with a civil partner
  • Evidence of current permissions
  • Proof of employment
  • Proof of education if you’re a student – confirmation of enrolment and attendance


How McGinley Solicitors LLP can support you

Laws regarding immigration are incredibly complex, it is therefore imperative that you seek assistance from someone with in-depth knowledge. Here at McGinley Law, we have a wealth of experience regarding immigration law. We have offices in Dublin and Donegal, both with a team of experienced and empathetic solicitors who will endeavour to assist you. Since our establishment in 1988, our mission has always been to represent people in a range of legal cases to the very highest standard.


GNIB/IRP renewal FAQs

How long does it take?

Online applications currently have a processing time of 5 to 6 weeks. In-person renewal applications take approximately 30 minutes.


How much does it cost?

The cost can vary depending on your personal permissions. The standard cost is €300, however, this is dependent on the renewal application.


Can I renew my immigration status online?

Yes, there are options to renew both online and in person.


When should I renew my immigration status?

You should start your application 6 weeks before expiration.


I have lost my passport! Can I still apply for renewal?

You can only apply for renewal once you have your replacement passport. You cannot renew your immigration status without a valid passport.


How long does it take for the card to arrive?

Once your application has been processed your card should be with you within 10 working days.


Can my GNIB/IRP card be used in lieu of my passport?

No, your card should be carried with you at all times however it is not classed as a form of identification.

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