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The Department of Justice will publish updates relevant to the Immigration Service Delivery  which address the significant challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic on this page.  For the current health advice, including information on self-isolation requirements on arrival in Ireland, please visit the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page.

Impact of COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions

27 April 2020 (FAQ document updated 02 July 2021: The Sections affected are detailed within the latest FAQ document)

In this area you will find notices on the various arrangements to address issues brought about by the pandemic.

A 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 | COVID-19 Visa Arrangements

15 June 2021

The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD has today announced the lifting of the temporary entry and transit visa restrictions for nationals of South Africa, Brazil and other South American countries that came into effect on 28 January 2021.

The lifting of the temporary restrictions will come into effect from Wednesday 16 June 2021.

The move to lift temporary restrictions is in line with the Government’s Resilience and Recovery Plan for Living with COVID-19.

Read the full details of this notice...

Notice | Minister announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions

26 March 2021

This notice applies to all Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021 and to permissions extended under previous notices. This is the seventh, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions granted since the outset of the pandemic.

In light of the continuing uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 21 April 2021 to 20 September 2021, 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 21 April 2021 to 20 September 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to 20 September 2021. 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 that was renewed by the previous notices is also automatically renewed by this notice until 20 September 2021.

The temporary extension of immigration permissions means that anyone who held a valid permission to be in the State in March 2020 is legally permitted to remain until 20 September 2021, even if  their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card has expired and they are awaiting a new one.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications continue to be accepted.

The Registration Office in Burgh Quay remains closed as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions announced by Government in December. Customers who were issued with appointments for first time registrations, will be contacted directly by the Immigration Service and they will be prioritised for appointments once the Public Office can safely reopen.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.     

Please Note: This notice provides the necessary time for those who can renew their permission, particularly Dublin based customers who can use the online system, to do so and to not wait until September.

Notice | Third Level Graduate Programme Update

02 March 2021

This is a further notice applying to the Third Level Graduate Programme (2017 Revision)

Given the ongoing difficulties caused by Covid 19 and strictly on a one off basis, 2020/2021 international students who are otherwise eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme may remain in or return to their own countries to study online for semester 2. These students will be deemed eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme as long as they meet all other existing criteria in addition to the following:

For students currently studying remotely, they can apply for the Third level Graduate programme (1G), when they successfully complete their course (summer 2021) and will have to provide the following documentation:

  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that they were a student for the academic year 2020/2021;
  • Letter from their higher education institution stating that this course was taught 100% remotely, and that they were not required to attend classes in person.
  • Letter from the relevant awarding body or institution that they have achieved the award for which they were enrolled as a student.

In addition to the above criteria, students who will have completed a one year Masters with an Irish higher education institution, and were unable to travel to Ireland to register their permission as a student in the State (for academic year 2020/2021), will have to travel to Ireland prior to the issuance of their final results in order to register their permission and qualify for the Third Level Graduate Programme. These students should delay their arrival until the Autumn, shortly before they receive their results.

When students are returning to Ireland for essential academic purposes, or to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme in the Autumn, it is extremely important that they comply with all current public health requirements and the key principles adopted by the Higher Education sector outlining the procedures in place to safely manage international students’ arrival into Ireland to study, which were introduced as a result of Covid-19.

Notice | COVID-19 Visa Arrangements

29 January 2021 (Updated 01 June 2021)

As part of Government efforts to tackle the pandemic, the Minister for Justice  signed an order that imposed new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. This order and the associated measures came into effect at midnight on  27 January 2021.

On that date, we  also took the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications with the exception of the Priority/Emergency case types listed below, which we have continued to accept in the intervening period.

We can now confirm that we are accepting all long stay visa and preclearance applications, effective immediately.

We can also confirm that, as per the web notice of 21 May last, we have added the following categories to the list of Priority/Emergency cases and will resume processing of these categories immediately:-

  1. Long-stay Join Family Members including:
  • all Long Stay D Visa join family applications (includes Third country national family members of Irish nationals and persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive), and
  • Preclearance applications for: De Facto Partner of an Irish National; De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and Non EEA Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland.
  1. People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business ‘.
  2. Persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive. (NOTE - persons in this category should apply for a short stay C visa which will permit you to enter and reside in the State for up to 3 months. In the event that you wish to remain in the State for more than 3 months as a family member of an EU citizen exercising their free movement rights, you must apply (when in the State) for a Residence Card of a family member of a Union citizen).

Read the full details of this notice...

Notice | Minister announces temporary process for granting citizenship during COVID-19

18 January 2021

The Department of Justice have put in place a temporary system that will enable citizenship applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty to the state. The system comes into operation from Monday 18 January 2021.  The temporary process allows a signed and witnessed statutory declaration to be submitted by applicants resident in the state and replaces the requirement for citizenship applicants to attend citizenship ceremonies, which have been temporarily suspended during COVID-19. Read the full details of this notice...

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

15 January 2021 (updated 28 April 2021)

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 Monday 18 January and Friday 01 October 2021, to allow both EU Treaty Rights and Domestic Residence applications to be submitted by email together with copies of supporting documentation. It is preferable if all attachments could be submitted in Adobe (.pdf) format. Zipped or encrypted files cannot be submitted. The relevant email addresses for submitting applications can be found via the following link:- http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/contact

EU Treaty Rights Division will require the original application to be submitted by post in due course. Domestic Residence may request original documentation 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). The current situation will be kept under regular review. You should check the website regularly for updates.

Notice | Update on COVID-19 for the English Language Sector

06 January 2021

The measures announced by the government on December 23 2020 moved the country from Level 3 to Level 5 under the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 Plan for Living with COVID-19.

This Framework for Restrictive Measures in Response to COVID-19 requires adult education, which includes the English language sector, to immediately move all classes and learning online. This is an exceptional, short-term and temporary measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prospective International English Language students seeking to enter the State must wait until in-person classes have resumed. Failure to do so may result in being refused permission to land in Ireland and refused registration. Education providers have been requested to bring this notice to the attention of prospective students.

While our visa offices and missions overseas continue to accept applications for English Languages studies, decisions on applications remain on hold in light of the move to Level 5 COVID restrictions and pending further consideration by the relevant authorities.

Notice | Minister announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions and the closure of the Burgh Quay Registration Office from 23 December 2020

22 December 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 21st January 2021 and 20th April 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices. This is the sixth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic.

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 21st January 2021 to 20th April 2021, 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 21st January 2021 - 20th April 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th April 2021. 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 that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 21st January 2021 and 20th April 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th April 2021.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications will continue to be accepted.

Please note that due to the recently introduced Covid 19 restrictions the Registration Office in Burgh Quay will close from the 23 December 2020 until further notice. Customers with appointments for first time registrations are being contacted directly by the Immigration Service and they will be prioritised for appointments once the Registration Office can safely reopen.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.     

 

Please Note:This notice provides the necessary time for those who can renew their permission, particularly Dublin based customers who can use the online system, to do so and to not wait until April.

Notice | Minister announces new arrangements for renewal of registrations

01 December 2020

From 02 December 2020, customers renewing their Immigration Registration Permision will no longer need to submit their passport to have an immigration stamp attached by their Registration Office. 

This applies to renewals made in the Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin and renewals made in local Registration Offices at Garda Stations nationwide.

Read the full details about these changes and some answers to the top frequently asked questions here...

Notice | Reopening of Burgh Quay on 2 December 2020 – appointment holders only

01 December 2020

After being closed for 6 weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay will reopen on 2nd December 2020 in line with the Government roadmap and for appointment holders only.  Priority will be given initially to those who had their appointments for first time registrations cancelled when the office closed and will be contacted directly by Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) with a new appointment.   Please visit: https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie/ for further information on INIS First Time Registration Appointment system.

English Language Students seeking to enter the state

27 October 2020

Please be advised that due to new public health restrictions under  Level 5 of the Government Framework for Restrictive Measures in Response to COVID-19, English Language Providers have been directed to move all tuition modules online. This is an exceptional and short term and temporary measure due to COVID-19 pandemic. Once restrictions return to Level 3 or lower  the standard ILEP criteria of in-person tuition will reapply. Prospective students seeking to enter the State should wait until in-person tuition has been resumed. Failure to do so may result in  students being refused leave to land and  refused registration. Providers have been requested to bring this to the attention of prospective students.

Dublin Registration Office temporary closure, and processing times for online applications of Dublin residents

21 October (Updated 30 October 2020)

Further to the Government announcement on updated measures to respond to COVID-19, Registration Office, Immigration Service Delivery,  at Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 will temporarily close to the public for "first time" registration appointments with effect from Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m.  Further updates on re-opening will follow.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only at https://inisonline.jahs.ie.  Renewal applications will continue to be accepted and processed online and passports will be returned to customers by post as normal.

Processing times and postal times for online applications can be found here.

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

For urgent queries please email: immigrationsupport@justice.ie

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network. Contact details for these offices are available at: www.garda.ie

Students on Stamp 2 permissions

25 September 2020

Working hours

In March 2020, as part of the Governments response to the covid-19 pandemic, students who hold Stamp 2 permissions and who attended colleges which had physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were allowed in those exceptional circumstances to work 40 hours a week. This was conditional on the student completing their course online if this service was provided by their college and represented a short term and temporary measure.

This exceptional, short term and temporary measure will now cease.

The standard criteria will now apply as follows:

  • Students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission are permitted work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. 
  • At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

Requirement to be enrolled on a course of study and Register

By notice of 18 September, all permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021.

In order for students to maintain their permission, including the right to work, they must re-enrol in a course of study in accordance with the terms and conditions of the ILEP.

In summary, all students on a stamp 2 permission are required to be currently enrolled on a course of study and be either registered or have applied to do so. Failure to adhere to these conditions will result in future registration applications being refused.

Visa Services

25 September 2020 (updated 14 and 21 October)

Please note that we have updated the notice on Visa Services in light of the move to Level 5 COVID restrictions. This notice contains updated information to inform Visa Applicants, in particular English language study applicants about the current Visa Application Processing situation. Read the full details of the notice here… 

Minister announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions

18 September 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices. This is the fifth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic and the longest granted.

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 20th September 2020 to 20th January 2021, 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 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021. 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 that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th January 2021.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications will continue to be accepted.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.     

Please Note: This notice provides the necessary time to make arrangements with the Immigration Service in Dublin or An Garda Síochána outside Dublin to ensure registrations can be renewed in the normal way. Everyone is encouraged to do so at the earliest opportunity.

Reopening of Registration Offices

21 August 2020

Having closed to consider the revised public health guidance issued earlier this week, the Dublin area Registration Office at Burgh Quay will re-open for first-time registrations with effect from 24th August, but appointment.  All appointments which have been issued for a date on or after 24th August will be honoured, and the office will operate with strict social distancing measures in place to protect our staff and customers.

The Registration Offices outside Dublin (previously opened) will also reopen on 24th August 2020.  Appointments issued for a date after this will proceed with social distancing measures in place.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications will continue to be accepted and processed.

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

Resumption of Visa Services

10 July 2020

We have started a limited resumption of visa services from Monday 22nd June. During this initial resumption phase, we will only be accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under our current criteria as Emergency/Priority visas. While we are again accepting long stay visa applications for processing, the actual issuance of non Emergency/Priority visas remains dependent on Public Health Advice, and has not yet begun. It remains the position that we are not accepting any short stay visa applications, except for cases that fall under the Emergency/Priority criteria.

There are still restrictions in place in many countries, so in locations where it isn’t possible to resume from the 22nd June, we intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter. Again any resumption of services is subject to current health and safety advice in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic.

*Please see previous notices of 21 March 2020 and 25 June 2020.

For up to date information in your location, you should go to the local Irish Embassy/Mission website for that location.

Resumption of Visa Services

25 June 2020

We have started a limited resumption of visa services from Monday 22nd June. During this initial resumption phase, we will only be accepting Long Stay “D” visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under our current criteria as Emergency/Priority visas. It remains the position that we are not issuing short stay visas for non-essential travel.

There are still restrictions in place in many countries, so in locations where it isn’t possible to resume from the 22nd June, we intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter. Any resumption of services is subject to current health and safety advice in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic.

*Please see previous notice of 21 March 2020.

For up to date information in your location, you should go to the local Irish Embassy/Mission website for that location.

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.

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 (immigrationsupport@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.

Third Level Graduate Programme | COVID-19 Update

17 April 2020 (Updated 22 February 2021)

Third Level Graduate Programme - Temporary measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

This notice applies to the Third Level Graduate Programme (2017 Revision).

In light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the following Notice applies to all non-EEA persons holding a student permission (Stamp 2), who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme.

This notice sets out the updated immigration arrangements which apply to all non-EEA nationals currently holding a student permission (Stamp 2), who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme, but are unable to report to their local registration office to receive a Stamp 1G due to either:

  • The temporary closure of the Registration Office in Dublin and local Registration Offices across the country, or
  • They have returned to their home countries or countries of ordinary residence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Rather than attending in person, as a temporary measure applications may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (immigrationsupport@justice.ie). All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application.

Where a permission has been granted, applicants will still be required to register once the Registration Office and local Registration Offices reopen and, where applicable, the applicant has returned to Ireland.

This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 20 September 2021.

All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply.

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

15 April 2020 (updated 30 October 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 Monday 30th November 2020, to allow EU Treaty Rights and Domestic residence applications to be submitted by email together with scanned copies of supporting documentation.  EU Treaty Rights Division 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 FAQs and if your query is still urgent and relates to an EU Treaty Rights application or permission, you can continue to email us at the address – eutreatyrights@justice.ie

Citizenship applications | COVID-19 Update

03 April 2020

The current situation is kept under constant review and the most up-to-date information can be found on the the INIS website.

  • A detailed FAQ document has issued and will be updated from time to time, please refer to this document in the first instance before contacting the Citizenship office at this time. You can find it here.
  • You should check the website regularly for updates
  • More information on the Citizenship application process can be found here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/citizenship/
  • After considering the above and if your query is still urgent, you can continue to email us at the address – citizenshipinfo@justice.ie
  • Do NOT make trips to obtain documents or to send documents or applications to this office
  • Do NOT send passports or other original documents through the post. Citizenship will work to return any documents already submitted, but delays will occur. Please bear with us.

Impact of COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions

27 March 2020

A new Frequently Asked Questions document (updated 13th May) about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection has also been published. You can read more here...

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.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Question document before contacting Visa Division.

*Please see updated notice of 25 June 2020.

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 for 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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Updated: 02 July 2021