Global immigration services firm Fragomen has announced the opening of an office in Dublin following an increase in demand for its services in Ireland.

Fragomen helps firms that are moving or hiring staff from other countries and already has 40 offices around the world with a global workforce of over 3,400.

It said it had seen a significant increase in client confidence in Ireland, which it expected to continue as the deadline for Brexit draws closer.

The firm said it will expand to include 20 specialists in Dublin within the next six months.

Fragomen said the new Dublin office will manage immigration queries, applications and compliance from an Irish perspective, for the company's global client base located outside Ireland.

The Dublin office will be led by Bill Foster, a Fragomen partner previously based in London who has relocated to Dublin. 

"The new office opening is driven by the need to service our clients' rapid growth in Ireland. We can best serve their needs from an office on the ground in Dublin," Mr Foster said. 

"We have seen a significant increase in client confidence across Ireland and anticipate this will continue as the deadline for Britain leaving the EU draws closer," he added.

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald said the company is known globally for its expertise in providing immigration services to companies.

"Fragomen's establishment here will assist FDI companies who are either relocating existing staff from abroad or sourcing new staff, in circumstances where immigration requirements apply," the Minister added.