Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) was established in 2005 in order to provide a ‘one stop shop’ in relation to asylum, immigration, citizenship and visas. INIS is responsible for administering the administrative functions of the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to asylum, immigration (including visas) and citizenship matters. The INIS also facilitates a whole of government approach to immigration and asylum issues which enables a more efficient service to be provided in these areas. It also works with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on the issuing of work permits.
The Service is structured around a number of key areas – asylum, visa, immigration and citizenship processing, asylum and immigration policy, repatriation, and reception and integration. The agency also maintains close contact with the Garda National Immigration Bureau in relation to many aspects of its work including, deportations and illegal immigration. Members of the Garda Síochána of Detective rank, also carrying the seal of Immigration Officers operate on a full-time basis within the head office in Burgh Quay. A Garda Immigration office is also maintained at all Airports and main ports and at all Garda District Headquarters outside the Dublin Region. The daily operation of the Garda National Immigration Bureau is currently overseen by Chief Superintendent John O'Driscoll.
Previously the responsibilities were shared between the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Foreign Affairs, of the Civil service of the Republic of Ireland. It is located at 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.