Refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries in Ireland receive a ‘Stamp 4’ residence permit. For refugees this grants permanent residency and a Irish Residence Permit (formerly the Gard National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card) is issued firstly for one year and then renewed for three years renewable. Refugees are able to apply for naturalisation after three years from the date of their asylum application (see Naturalisation).
Subsidiary protection beneficiaries also receive a ‘Stamp 4’ residence permit. This allows them to stay in Ireland for a specified period of time which is normally of three years renewable duration. They have a right to apply for naturalisation after five years from the date they were granted subsidiary protection.
For renewal of their residence card refugees do not require a letter from the ISD. However, subsidiary protection beneficiaries do require a letter from ISD to receive a further three years of stay in Ireland. No further information was available on any difficulties related to this process. In 2016, the Department of Justice introduced a new online booking system to address the long queues that migrants living in Dublin faced outside the ISD office at Burgh Quay to register for or renew their residence card. However, issues are still being reported using the online booking system, although a set of software fixes were introduced in September 2018 to prevent the booking of block appointments with internet bots. The Department of Justice announced in 2018 that there would be a tender to replace this system but by the end of 2019 it stated that the tender wouldn’t be advertised until the New Year. Meanwhile, issues remain with people finding extremely difficult to secure an appointment through the official channel and resorting to paying third parties to obtain them.