Please see FAQs from INIS which may also apply to international protection applicants during this time, and can be found here



In light of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the International Protection Office (IPO) is working to ensure the safety of all participants in the protection process. It is adapting its procedures and premises in line with the HSE and NPHET guidelines in order to resume services in accordance with the Government roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.


The IPO wishes to advise that the following arrangements currently apply:


Applicants who are impacted by these arrangements are requested not to visit the International Protection Office until further notice. 

In addition the International Protection Office will provide a limited service to new applicants only until further notice.

While the International Protection Office continues to deal with correspondence received, due to the measures restricting the spread of Covid-19, it may not be in a position to respond within normal timeframes.  .

Further updates will be provided in due course. 


23 June 2020







The International Protection Office (IPO) is an office within the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) 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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