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Checklist for INIS and GNIB

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Checklist for making applications to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service

If you make an application to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) make sure to:

  • Keep a copy of all documentation you submit with your application
  • Send your application by registered post so that you have a record of sending the application
  • If you are sending your passport tell the post office so they can include this on your registered post receipt
  • Always send a cover letter quoting your Person ID (for example, 123456-12, Application number (for example, 1234567-CITZ-12) or Department Number (for example, 69/12345/00)
  • If you change address while you are waiting for a response from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service you should inform them in writing of your new address
  • Keep original letters you receive from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in a safe place. The INIS generally will not issue copies of letters.


At the Garda National Immigration Bureau or at the local Immigration Office

When you present to the Garda National Immigration Bureau or your local Immigration Office remember:

  • GNIB officials or local Immigration Officers are not there to provide information. Their main role is to endorse passports and issue GNIB cards
  • It is your right to ask to speak to a supervisor.

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This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.