Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has announced a change to their reference number system. A new Information Technology system is being introduced in the INIS as well as the Office of the Refugee Applications Commission (ORAC), the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) and the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA).
The benefit of the new system is that it will make the INIS more efficient according to the information posted on the INIS website.
What does this mean for you?
The current system of 69/ numbers for asylum and immigration applications and the 68/ numbers for citizenship applications will be replaced.
The new system will include:
The Person Identity Number will be in the format of a number followed by the year when the application was first sent to the INIS, for example, 643756-07 (a person who registered with the INIS in 2007).
The Application Reference Number will be in the format of a number followed by information on the type of application followed by the year the application was first sent to the INIS, for example, 1002579-CITZ-11 (Citizenship Application made in 2011).
What happens to the old reference numbers?
Existing applications will be given a Person Identity Number and an Application Reference Number. The old reference numbers will also be written on letters from the INIS as well so that the change to the new system will happen smoothly.
New applications will be given a Person Identity Number and an Application Reference Number and will not be issued with a 69/ number or 68/ number.
Where can I get further information?
For more information check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service's website.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.