Ministers of Religion and Lay Volunteers

Please Note: A revised procedure, including revised conditions of entry, are being prepared in relation to this immigration permission. Therefore, this scheme is closed to new applicants from 1 January 2018 until 31 March 2018 pending the launch of a new procedure. Potential applicants are advised that the revised scheme will include a pre-clearance procedure applicable to all applicants whether they are visa required or not. Only completed visa applications received before 1 January 2018 will be processed in the usual way. Non-visa required nationals who arrived in the State up to and including 31 December 2017 for the express purpose of participating in this scheme will be subject to the current policy.

In the meantime persons who enjoy an immigration permission under the current scheme may continue to have their immigration permission renewed in accordance with the policy applicable at the time they made their initial application. Such persons will be subject to any transitional arrangements set out in the proposed new policy once it has been introduced.

27 December 2017