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 protection officer and international protection officers who are independent in the performance of their international protection functions.



The International Protection Office is currently writing to applicants for international protection who are affected by the transitional provisions in the International Protection Act 2015 regarding new processing arrangements under that Act. The 2015 Act was commenced on 31 December 2016.

The following documents are being sent to applicants by registered post and are available at "Whats New"


Information Note  -     

Transitional Arrangements  

Letter - Category 1 - 

Refugee Applications in ORAC (Application for refugee status was made before the commencement date and where a report had not been prepared by ORAC  under section 13 of the Refugee Act 1996 by that date)

Letter - Category 2  -

Refugee Appeals (Application for refugee status which was on appeal before the RAT before the commencement date but was not decided by the RAT by that date)

Letter - Category 3 -     

Subsidiary Protection (Application for subsidiary protection was made prior to the commencement date and ORAC had not commenced the investigation of the application by that date)         

Letter - Category 4 -    

Subsidiary Protection (Application for subsidiary protection was made prior to the commencement date and ORAC had commenced the investigation of the application by that date)  


Other language versions will be available shortly