OPENING HOURS

Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberlay House, 78-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 is open between 09:00 and 14:30, Monday to Friday.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION

The European Communities (International Protection Procedures) Regulations 2022 and the International Protection Act 2015 (Procedures and Periods for Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2022

INFORMATION NOTE

From 8th November 2022 new procedures will be introduced in the International Protection Office to accelerate the process for making a protection application in Ireland. The introduction of these new procedures are in parallel with a commitment to significantly increase the resources available for the international protection system in Budget 2023.

The main purpose of these new regulations is to establish an accelerated process for international protection applicants from safe countries of origin.

From Tuesday 08 November 2022 any applicant for International Protection attending at the reception of the International Protection Office (IPO) will complete a preliminary interview and will also be required to complete the International Protection Questionnaire (IPO2) regarding their application and the reasons they are looking for protection.

The International Protection Office will have interpretation services available to support applicants in completing their International Protection application on the day.

The introduction of the new procedure will allow for a person to have their case dealt with in a more timely manner. Applicants from a safe country of origin will also receive their interview date on the day they apply for international protection which will reduce their waiting time for an interview to a matter of weeks.

The application process remains the same for all international protection applicants and applicants under the new procedure will still have the right to appeal a negative recommendation by the IPO to the International Protection Appeals Tribunal. 

All applications for international protection are examined fully and individually on their merits, including those from countries which are designated as safe countries of origin.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

Information regarding the questionnaire can be found here.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UKRAINIAN NATIONALS

The EU has agreed a Temporary Protection measure to offer quick and effective assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. This means you will be granted temporary protection for at least one year in Ireland should you wish to avail of it. This protection will allow you to work and provide access to health services, accommodation, education for children and other social supports. Details of the new measure will be published on our website soon. Please check www.irishimmigration.ie.

This means you do not need to go through the asylum procedure unless you wish to. We currently recommend that Ukrainian nationals refrain from submitting an asylum application. If you change your mind and wish to apply for asylum, you will be allowed to. The basic right to apply for asylum remains unaffected by this protection measure.

The 90 day permission you get on arrival gives you time to think. Please do not feel under any pressure to apply for asylum or any other permission straight away.

 

Temporary Residence Certificates (Blue card)

Information on TRC renewals (Blue Card) can be found here.

 

Expressions of Interest to join the IPO Case Processing Panel

The International Protection Office is seeking Expressions of Interest for assignment to its existing Case Processing Panel. Further information can be found here.

 

Covid-19

Please follow government advice regarding Covid-19 matters at all times.

 

For general immigration queries, which may also apply to international protection applicants, please see the link to Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) here .

 

11 November 2022

 

 

The International Protection Office (IPO) is an office within the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD  responsible for processing applications for international protection under the International Protection Act 2015. It also considers, as part of a single procedure process, whether applicants should be given permission to remain. The IPO comprises, inter alia, a Chief International Protection Officer and international protection officers who are independent in the performance of their international protection functions. 

 

 

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