9th December, 2014

It must be stressed that there is absolutely no need for anyone to queue outside the offices of the immigration services for re-entry visas.

Last Thursday a large amount of resources was assigned to deal with cases with the result that all cases on hand were dealt with. By last Sunday night all applications that could be processed had been processed.

On both Monday and today all persons who queued for re-entry visas were dealt with either at the public counter or had their documents ready for collection by 4pm at latest on the same day.

In addition, the Immigration Service has processed all postal applications and wish to again remind applicants to use this service rather than having to attend in person. Even if applicants do decide to come to the office, where applications are being made on behalf of a family, it is not necessary for the entire family to turn up - one member of the family may present the necessary paperwork and receive the visas.

We guarantee that any person who comes to the immigration office with their correct documentation by 10am will be dealt with on the day. Again, we stress that there is no need to queue. Notices to this effect are on the INIS website and in the Public Office.

The immigration services earnestly request anyone intending to travel after Christmas not to attend the public office at this stage as it is creating additional difficulties for those who are planning to travel before Christmas. Please be assured that you will be dealt with in good time before your travel.

A major reform of the delivery of immigration services is underway including the transfer of registration functions from the Garda National Immigration Bureau to INIS. This presents opportunities to streamline both registration and visa re-entry services and INIS will be introducing an on-line services as part of this process. The introduction of on-line booking appointments will be prioritised with the aim of its introduction in the first quarter of 2015.