What is the change? Addressing long wait times, Ireland has launched an online appointment system for applicants seeking re-entry visas at the Burgh Quay, Dublin office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

What does the change mean? Applicants may fill out an online form confirming their personal details and select an appointment slot. Once the form is submitted, applicants are contacted via email with confirmation of their appointment time.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Re-entry visas.
  • Who is affected: Visa-required foreign nationals in Ireland applying for re-entry visas so they may travel abroad and re-enter the country.
  • Impact on processing times: The online system is intended to better manage the queues at the Dublin office and reduce wait times.
  • Business impact: The new system should save time for foreign employees and their family members, especially during the busy holiday travel season.
  • Next steps: Individuals are encouraged to submit their online appointment form well in advance of travel and plan to book an appointment at least several days in advance. The Christmas holiday season is typically very busy and applicants should book further in advance if they are planning to travel then.

Background: The online appointment form requires confirmation of the applicant’s name, date of birth, email, passport number, GNIB number, nationality and other details. Applicants may then select whether they are applying for a multiple re-entry visa or a single-entry visa, the number of applicants, and whether they are applying for an individual, family or emergency appointment. A drop-down menu then displays available appointment dates from which the applicant may select. Applicants will receive an email confirmation of their appointment date and the documents they are required to bring.

BAL Analysis: The new system is a welcome development and should go a long way to reduce the hassles of waiting in queues at the office.

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