The Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is your registration certificate. You will be given an IRP whenever you register with immigration. Your IRP is a very important document and you must carry it with you at all times.
About the Irish Residence Permit (IRP)
- That your immigration permission to stay in Ireland has been registered
- The type of immigration permission you have, ie stamp number
What an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) looks like
The Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is a credit-card sized plastic card that displays basic information about you. This includes:
- Your name, photo, date of birth and registration number
- A brief description of your immigration permission, including your permission stamp number
- A microchip with a copy of your photo, fingerprints and personal details as above
The IRP does not give you any new rights or entitlements.
For example, an IRP does not allow you to travel to or live freely in other EU countries. All existing travel and immigration rules still apply.It is your responsibility to check what you need to enter other countries before you travel.
Who needs an Irish Residence Permit (IRP)
- Be a non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss national
- Be aged 16 or older
- Go to a registration office in-person
How Irish Residence Permits (IRP) are issued
Registration in Dublin
If your register in Dublin, the immigration officer will arrange to send your IRP to you by post.
Make sure to confirm your exact address (including Eircode) before you leave the registration office.
Your IRP should arrive within 5 to 10 working days. If it does not arrive within 10 working days, contact us.
Registration outside Dublin
If your register outside Dublin, the immigration officer will arrange a date/time for you to return to the registration office to collect your IRP.
You cannot get an IRP during your first visit to a registration office outside Dublin because parts of the process are managed centrally.
You must return to the registration office to collect your IRP.
Change or update your detailsContact us to update your registration information if your personal details or circumstances change, for example:
- You change your home/postal address
- We made an error, eg we misspelled your name
- Other details change, eg you change your name/gender
Lost or stolen Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card
From 11 December 2017 the previous registration certificate known as the ‘GNIB card’ has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP).
The new IRP has exactly the same legal status as the old GNIB card. It does not give you any new rights or entitlements and your responsibilities stay the same.Read more about replacing the GNIB card.
According to INIS