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 Covid-19 Information about Immigration and International Protection

Notice 1 | Impact of COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

27 April 2020 (FAQ document updated 28 May 2020)

Keep up to date with the latest information on Immigration and International Protection during the Covid-19 pandemic in the new dedicated COVID-19 Updates and Announcements area. In this area you will find notices on the various arrangements to address issues brought about by the pandemic.

A new Frequently Asked Questions document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection has also been published. You can read more here...  For the current health advice, including information on self-isolation requirements on arrival in Ireland, visit: Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page.

 

Notice 2 | Temporary arrangements for those awaiting first time registration: COVID-19 Update

21 May 2020

In light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties some people can encounter due to not having an IRP card, as a temporary measure between now and 20th July 2020, anyone in the State awaiting their first registration, and who has a current, valid permission to remain, but does not have a current permission letter can apply to the Registration Office to request a letter confirming their permission to remain in the State and the conditions attached. 

For international English Language Students, the extension means that they may continue to work if they wish, but must be enrolled in a course of study to adhere to the conditions of their permission.  

All required documentation (see website for details) should be scanned and included in the application email. All eligibility criteria will continue to apply. 

Applications may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie):

For more details, please see main notice available on Covid-19 Page.

 

Notice 3 | Further temporary measures to assist international language students - Eligible students will be allowed additional time in Ireland due to disruptions caused by COVID-19

26 May 2020

This notice applies to international language students studying English in Ireland who have been impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new temporary measures are as follows:

  • Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to COVID-19 may return and resume their studies and the duration of their absence will not count towards the 2 years maximum period of English language study allowed
  • Language students with a current and valid permission who are still in the State and who have completed the maximum 2 years permitted as a language student, but due to COVID-19 are unable to return home, may remain as students until the end of the year provided they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the year

The requirement to register remains for those students who have completed their maximum two years and wish to take up the option of re-enrolling in an online course of study until the end of the year. These students must re-register once the Registration Offices reopen.

 

Notice 4 | New COVID-19 measures for Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/5/2020 and 20/7/2020

13 May 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/5/2020 and 20/7/2020 and supplements the notice of 20 March 2020 which renewed permissions due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following Notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission which was renewed by the notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 2 months.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay remains temporarily closed.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have also temporarily closed

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Question document.

 

Notice 5 | Temporary arrangements for change of permission applications: COVID-19 Update

27 April 2020 (updated 19 May 2020)

I need to change my immigration permission, what do I do?

In light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as a temporary measure between now and 20th July 2020, applications for the following change of permissions may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie):

From Stamp

To Stamp

Stamp 1

Stamp 4 (after required period on Employment Permit, Critical Skills Employment Permit or Hosting Agreement)

Stamp 2

Stamp 1A (Trainee Accountant Contract)

Stamp 1G, 2 or 3

Stamp 1 (Employment Permit)

Stamp 1, 2 or 3

Stamp 1G (Spouse of Critical Skill Employment Permit holder)

Stamp 1, 2 or 3

Stamp 4 (Spouse of Irish National)

All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application. All eligibility criteria will continue to apply.

Where a permission has been granted, applicants will still be required to register the change as normal once the Registration Office in Burgh Quay and local Registration Offices reopen.

Separate arrangements are in place for applications for the Third Level Graduate Programme (Stamp 1G). Please see here for further details.

For EU Treaty Rights and Domestic Residence applications, please see the COVID-19 Update of 15 April 2020 for further information.

 

Notice 6 | EU Treaty Rights and Domestic Residence applications: COVID-19 Update

15 April 2020 (updated 20 May 2020)

As part of combined efforts to adhere to the Government’s strategy to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to ensure customer safety, we have taken the decision, as a temporary measure between now and the 20th July 2020, to allow EU Treaty Rights and Domestic applications to be submitted by email together with scanned copies of supporting documentation.  EU Treaty Rights will require the original application to be submitted by post in due course.

(Important - For legal representatives who are submitting applications or other documentation by email, a form of authority should also be included as appropriate).

More information on the application process can be found here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/EUTreatyRightsFAQs

The current situation will be kept under regular review and the most up-to-date information can be found on our website.

A detailed FAQ document has issued and will be updated from time to time.  Please refer to this document before contacting the EU Treaty Rights Division at this time.  You can find it here.

You should check the website regularly for updates.

If you have reviewed the extensive FAQs and if your query is still urgent, you can continue to email us at the address – eutreatyrights@justice.ie

 

Notice 7 | COVID-19 VISA Arrangements

21 March 2020

As part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19 and to ensure customer safety, we have taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa applications. This is effective from close of business 20th of March 2020. Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced as part of the Government’s efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless essential. The situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming days.

While it will still be possible to apply for an Irish visa online in the normal manner, these temporary measures mean that applicants will not be able to complete their application process and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Please note that any application made online will remain valid until such time as restrictions are lifted.

We intend to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate. Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed and these include the following:

  • Emergency visa (e.g. Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals);
  • Immediate family members of Irish citizens (who are returning to their ordinary place of residence in Ireland);
  • Persons legally resident in the State;
  • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
  • Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions.

If your application falls into one of these categories, you can apply on-line in the usual way. Once you’ve completed the on-line application, you should follow the instructions given on the summary page as to where you should submit your application.

 

Notice 8 | New COVID-19 measures for Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020

20 March 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following Notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20/3/2020 to 20/5/2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/3/2020 to 20/5/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay is temporarily closed from 20 March 2020.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have also temporarily closed.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document.

 

Notice 9 | Updated COVID-19 measures for customers of the Department of Justice and Equality's Immigration Service Delivery Function

13 March 2020

Further to the Government announcement on updated measures to respond to COVID-19, the Immigration Service Delivery Function of the Department has issued the following advice to its customers:

  • Where an English language school has closed due to Government advice regarding Covid-19, all international students will be considered to have met their attendance requirement for the shutdown period. All other rules will remain in place and students will be required to renew their registrations as usual;
  • Applicants for international protection should continue to report as normal to the International Protection Office in Mount Street where initial processing will take place.  This will enable follow on services to be provided;
  • Alternative arrangements are being put in place for renewal of Temporary Residence Cards for international protection applicants which means they will not be required to present in person until further notice;
  • Interviews of international protection applicants has been suspended until further notice at the International Protection Office;
  • Similarly, Tribunal Hearings at the International Protection Appeals Tribunal have been suspended until further notice;
  • Appropriate contingency arrangements are in place for persons residing in the Direct Provision system and in emergency accommodation;
  • The normal service of immigration control at Dublin Airport continues with appropriate measures to protect staff in place.

Further updates will issue as required.

 

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