Around 500 foreign citizens gathered and queued up outside the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on the Burgh Quay in Dublin on early Friday morning for visas related to work, re-entry and study.
The early morning queue for the visa which normally starts around from Burgh Quay onto the Corn Exchange Place was totally stretched all around the block by the queues getting double outside of the main entrance of GNIB.
Those who were standing first in the queue stayed there for all over the night by arriving early at 12 am ensuring that they would get the ticket from the GNIB office.
The issue of the queue length has been the source of controversy as many people were forced to wait on the street for hours.
In June 2014, The Ireland Immigration Department, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service had planned for the introduction of a system for online booking for appointments, which would rather save the applicant who are waiting outside the office for hours.
This year the department is saying that the introduction of service for online appointment for the process of re –entry visa was at its advance stage and the final testing of that system is now being taken place.
Tickets would be release to the applicants from 7:30 am to 9 am, a spokesman of GNIB said. And according to the website, no tickets were left behind by 8:30 am on Friday.
The Department of Justice ‘spokesman said that the increase in number of foreign students arriving in Ireland marks the beginning of the academic year. It also said that the applications for visas of re-entry can be made through post and it also encourages all the applicants to make full use of this postal service.
Efforts were made in providing the service “customer friendly” for the callers at the offices of Burgh Quay. It says that the office was open every Friday from 8 am till 9 pm and it also remains open throughout the lunch time.
The numbers are expected to get doubled between the month of September and November, who seeks to register for the visas in the State. Almost 10,000 applicants attend the office of Burgh Quay each year which makes it as one of the busiest offices.
Special arrangements were made to accommodate the students from the month of September till the mid of November, the department said.