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The Department of Justice and Equality will publish updates relevant to the Immigration Service Delivery Function 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 20 May 2020)

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...

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

21 May 2020

Burgh Quay and all local Registration offices are currently closed. The reopening of the offices will be kept under review as the situation develops.

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.

 

Stamp 1

Employment Permit Stamp 1 (General or Critical Skills)

 

Hosting Agreements

Stamp 1A

Trainee Accountant

Stamp 1G

Spouse / partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit holder

Stamp 2

Student

Stamp 4

Spouse of Irish National

 

Family Reunification Beneficiaries

 

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.  Most colleges are now offering on-line courses, and students should contact their college directly to make any necessary arrangements.

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).

 

Registration

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.  

When the Registration Office reopens, priority will be given to those seeking to register for the first time.  Those applicants for first time registration who had previous appointments cancelled will have their appointments rescheduled automatically.  Other appointments will be made available exclusively for other first time applicants.

If you have any questions, please consult the FAQs document in the notice "Impact of COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions" on the Immigration Service Delivery website. If the FAQs document cannot answer your query, please contact us at bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie.

*Separate arrangements are in place for change of permission applications, please see the COVID-19 Update of 27 April 2020 for further information.

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

 

Notice | 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.

 

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.

Third Level Graduate Programme | COVID-19 Update

17 April 2020

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 (burghquayregoffice@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 30 September 2020.

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 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 FAQs and if your query is still urgent, 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.

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.

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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