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Online Visa System for Non-EEA Students Rolled Out

Online Visa System for Non-EEA Students Rolled Out

An online registration renewal system for non-EEA students based in Dublin has just been rolled out.

Online Visa System for Non-EEA Students Rolled Out

An online registration renewal system for non-EEA students based in Dublin has just been rolled out.

Justice minister, Charlie Flanagan, said that the service will be made available to all categories of non-EEA national students living in the Dublin are who are eligible for renewal of their permission to reside in Ireland.

The difficulty of booking important appointments has been exacerbated by lockdown restrictions. Mr Flanagan hopes that these difficulties will be resolved with the new online system.

Students will be able to upload copies of supporting documents, pay the visa renewal fee and complete the application online. Applicants will be able to submit their passport and Immigration Residence Permission card by registered post.

The difficulty of booking important appointments has been exacerbated by lockdown restrictions. Mr Flanagan hopes that these difficulties will be resolved with the new online system.

New Visa Renewal Application Process

The applicant’s submitted documents will be checked by the Department of Justice & Equality. If the applicant’s documents are approved, their passport will be stamped and returned by registered post. The renewed Immigration Residence Permission card will be issued by express post to the student.

The Department hopes that the system will also enable immigration officials to conduct their business more efficiently.

Minister Flanagan said:

“The new process will allow officials in my Department to process renewals more efficiently by enabling them to better manage the volume of applications…this will also allow them focus more closely on the quality of documentation being provided to the office.”

The department also hopes the new system will lead to a significant reduction in processing times and bureaucracy, providing peace of mind to applicants that their application renewals will be completed and renewed in time.

“The new process will allow officials in my Department to process renewals more efficiently by enabling them to better manage the volume of applications…this will also allow them focus more closely on the quality of documentation being provided to the office.”

In 2019, a successful pilot version of the new process was introduced. Still, the new system will be monitored during the early stages for any teething problems. Potentially, the online service will be rolled out to other categories of visa applicants should the new system prove to be effective.

New Online Visa System for Students

What is Permission to Remain?

Any non-EEA national who has been given permission to remain in Ireland for longer than 90 days must apply for permission to remain at their nearest registration office.

This requirement was stipulated in the Immigration Act of 2014 and must be adhered to. If a person is found to have not applied for permission to remain, they will be subject to disciplinary action and, possibly, deportation from the State.

As well as the requirement to apply for permission to remain when the non-EEA national arrives in Ireland, they must also apply to renew their permission to remain on an annual basis in most cases.

In 2019, the registration office in Burgh Quay processed over 105,000 permission to remain applications, which included at least 60,000 renewal applications.

If you are concerned about your visa renewal, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help you. Our Irish immigration lawyers are well versed in all areas of Irish immigration law, including renewals for Work VisasStudy VisasTourist Visas, and Family Visas. In the unfortunate event that your visa renewal is refused, the IAS can even help you to Appeal the State’s decision.

Contact us today on (+353) 061 518 025 to see how we can help you renew your visa application today.