Muslim women wearing headscarves are entitled to privacy when they apply for visas, the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) has said, following complaints from those visiting its offices.

Saudi Arabian students are "extremely unhappy" about the treatment they receive at the GNIB's Burgh Quay offices in Dublin, according to Ebbas Ali of AFA Consultancy, which brings foreign students from the Gulf states to study in Ireland.

Saudi students strongly objected to "females being asked to remove their face cover in a public place", he said, adding that it was humiliating for some Muslim women to have their photo taken in public.

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