What is the change? The Burgh Quay Immigration and Naturalisation Services (INIS) offices have announced closure dates for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

What does the change mean? The Registration Office will close Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., and reopen Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. The Re-Entry Visa Office will be open Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The office will accept only emergency appointments from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Normal business will resume at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

  • Implementation time frame: Dec. 23 to Jan. 3.
  • Visas/permits affected: Foreign registration and re-entry visas.
  • Who is affected: Expatriate employees seeking to register with INIS or apply for re-entry visas ahead of holiday travel.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing will stop during the closures and appointments will not be available, except for emergency requests for re-entry visas during specified hours.

BAL Analysis: This is traditionally the peak season for registration and re-entry visa requests, and employers and individuals should plan accordingly to avoid lengthy disruption to business schedules.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact

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