Ireland launches online visa renewal for foreign students in Dublin
Ireland’s Ministry for Justice and Equality has introduced a new online visa renewal system for foreign students in Dublin, aimed at easing the process of renewing immigration status without the need to be present in person.
Late last month, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said that the online system will replace the existing system, which currently requires Dublin-based students to be present in person at the Burgh Quay Registration Office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
The new Irish online visa renewal service will take effect on 26 August and will initially cover Dublin-based students.
At the start of the online service, third-level students who have previously registered with INIS, and who are progressing to the second or later year of a degree course, will be able to submit their application and all supporting documentation online, pay the registration fee online and post their passport to INIS.
8000 foreign students in Dublin to benefit
The ministry said it expects at least 8,000 students to use the online renewal system come September and November and would be saved time and getting freed from in-person appointment slots.
The ministry cleared that there will be no additional fee for applying online.
“[The] online application process … will enable third level students from outside Europe who live in the greater Dublin area to renew their immigration registration with INIS without the need to present in person. This will benefit over 8,000 students this year,” Flanagan said.
“Ireland is home to third level universities and colleges of global standing. Increasing numbers of international students choose to come to study in Ireland every year. I am pleased to be able to make their interactions with the immigration services more accessible and user-friendly,” he added.
The INIS will consider extending the system to other categories of customers in line with other reform developments underway under its Customer Service Improvements Plan.
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