This week, the fee required for non EU people who are legal residents in the state to register with the authorities has increased from €150 per person to €300 per person.
Thousands of immigrants who currently live in Ireland, including international students will be affected.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland have criticized this sudden hike in registration costs saying that:
“The manner in which the new €300 fee was announced flies in the face of Government commitments to bring in a modern, streamlined and transparent Immigration System and in some cases will see families being forced to pay hundreds of euro more, even before the budget.”
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said:
“The Government is quick to highlight and publicise the progress which has been made on citizenship, visas and in reducing bureaucracy, but this increase which will hit families hard, has effectively been announced by stealth.
Individuals and families who are legally resident here are being asked out of the blue to dig deeper than ever before.”
Irish registration fees are now amongst the highest in Europe, in Belgium the fee is generally no more than €50, in Italy it is just over €100, with a similar charge in Austria.