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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)

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 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 | Burgh Quay Registration Office will unfortunately be closed for the afternoon of Monday 19 July

19 July 2021

The Burgh Quay Registration Office will unfortunately be closed for the afternoon of Monday 19 July. Customers affected are being contacted directly to have their appointments rescheduled. We apologise for any inconvenience. The Office will reopen as normal tomorrow morning.

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 | Reopening of Burgh Quay Registration Office

May 6, 2021

Please note that the Burgh Quay Registration Office will reopen to the public on Monday, May 10 2021.

Registration office staff will today contact customers who had appointments cancelled in December when the office closed due to Level 5 restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reschedule their appointment as soon as possible.

All other applicants who wish to register their permission for the first time in the Dublin metropolitan region can make an appointment online at from Thursday, May 6.

Renewals in the Dublin area are processed online at

If you have any queries for Immigration Service Delivery please contact

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at:

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, 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:

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 | 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 30 April 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:-

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.

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 ( 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.


If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 19 July 2021