A few weeks ago, I landed in Dublin to visit my partner and friends that I have in Northern Ireland. On seeing that I had previously been a UK resident, the immigration officer asked me lots of questions. She then asked if I would be staying in ROI at any point during my trip, to which I responded "no." I explained that I would be staying at my partner's house in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

After this she put this stamp and written annotation in my passport:

passport stamp with IT NI handwritten

I just noticed it today. What does it mean? I am applying for a fiancé visa next week for the UK and I want to avoid any issues. Should I be worried about this?

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    I'd guess "IT NI" stands for "In Transit to Northern Ireland". – hmakholm left over Monica Jul 2 '18 at 17:18
  • The notation "IT" suggests sub silentio that the OP was not vetted for entry into the ROI. – DavidSupportsMonica Jul 2 '18 at 17:45
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    David, what does that mean? Thanks. – Ry1234 Jul 2 '18 at 17:51
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    @Ry1234, sub silentio is a legal term that means something is suggested, without that something being expressly said. "ROI" is Republic of Ireland. "Vetted" means "approved." My thought is that the ROI immigration officer at Dublin permitted you to enter the ROI in order to transit to the UK (here, Northern Ireland), but not to enter and stay in the ROI. The handwritten letters on the passport stamp suggests all this without saying so. – DavidSupportsMonica Jul 2 '18 at 19:07
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    Why are people using comments for answers? – Venture2099 Jul 3 '18 at 8:17

What does it mean?

It probably means "In Transit" to "Northern Ireland" as opposed to visiting the Republic of Ireland.

The need for this sort of annotation is partly because of the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements between the UK and Republic of Ireland which allow for travel across the international border in Ireland without border checks.

Should I be worried about this?

You should not be worried about this marking.

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