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IRELAND – 100% Increase in GNIB Registration Fees

Effective today, 19 November 2012, the government fee for registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Ireland has doubled, to EUR300 (from EUR150).

Who Needs to Register with the GNIB?

All non-European Economic Area (EEA)/Swiss nationals who have the intention of residing in Ireland for longer than three months are required to register with the GNIB and to have a valid registration certificate (GNIB card) at all times. GNIB cards are issued with a validity of 12 months and are renewable.

Exemption From Fees?

Certain classes of person are exempt from payment as follows:

  1. Convention Refugees;
  2. Persons who have been reunified with such refugees under section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996;
  3. Persons who are under 18 years of age at the time of registration;
  4. Spouses, widows and widowers of Irish citizens;
  5. Civil partners or surviving civil partners within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 of Irish citizens;
  6. Spouses and Dependants of EU nationals who receive a residence permit under EU Directive 38/04;
  7. Programme Refugees, as defined by section 24 of the Refugee Act, 1996..

More Information on Registration

More information on GNIB cards and how to pay the fees can be found here and here.

Action Items

  • Note the significant increase in government fees for issuance of GNIB cards and budget accordingly.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care Relocation.

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