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Impact of COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions

27 April 2020 (FAQ document updated 30 June 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 | Brexit - Important notice for non-EEA family members of UK nationals seeking to move to Ireland after 31 December 2020

23 December 2020

With effect from 11pm on 31 December 2020 following the end of the Brexit transition period, all non-EEA family members of UK nationals seeking to join, or accompany, their UK national family member in Ireland will need to apply (depending on nationality) through a preclearance or visa scheme from outside the State. 

The Preclearance Scheme only applies when a UK national has come to live in Ireland after 31 December 2020. If a UK national is living in Ireland on or before that date they and their eligible non-EEA family members will be a beneficiary under the Withdrawal Agreement. 

Details of the preclearance and visa schemes, can be found here: Joining your UK national family member in Ireland and Policy Document - Brexit Scheme for Non-EEA Family Members of British Citizens seeking Immigration Permission in the State.

Applications will be required from visa required and non-visa required nationals and will be assessed under the relevant policy document. All applications must be made from outside of Ireland and applicants must remain outside the State while their application is being processed. 

Visa required nationals

You will only have to make a visa application under the relevant scheme. Your visa, if your application is successful, will outline your reason for travel to Ireland.

Non Visa required nationals

You will need to apply for preclearance, and if your application is successful, you will receive an approval letter from the preclearance unit which must be presented to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

Please note that you will be unable to apply for a visa or preclearance until after 11pm on 31 December 2020 through the Online Visa Preclearance Application Facility.

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

Notice | New application process for Preclearance applicants

20 November 2020

As of 21/11/2020, Preclearance procedures are changing for the following existing schemes:

  • Volunteer in Ireland
  • Minister of Religion
  • De Facto Partner of a CSEP/ HA Holder
  • De Facto Partner of an Irish National

All Preclearance application forms will move to the online application system AVATS. Instructions on how to apply and use the application system, will be provided on the relevant webpage for each scheme.

Read the full details in Visas Updates and Announcements… 

Notice | UK Withdrawal from the EU – Information for UK Nationals and their Non-EEA family members living in Ireland

19 November 2020

Brexit will come fully into effect on 31 December 2020, when the UK leaves the EU after the end of the transition period. If you are a UK national living in Ireland, or a family member of a UK National living here with them, this information will help you to understand what it means for you. Read the full details of this notice here...

Notice | English Language Students seeking to enter the state

27 October 2020

Please be advised that that due to new public health restrictions under the 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 pandemc. Once restrictions return to Level 3 or lower, the provider’s location, then 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 such students being refused leave to land and being refused registration. Providers have been requested to bring this to the attention of prospective students.

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

21 October 2020 (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

Notice | Single Person Committee of Inquiry set up to review refusals of Irish Citizenship where National Security concerns arise

30 September 2020

A Single Person Committee of Inquiry has been established where people, whose application for a naturalisation certificate (also known as Citizenship) was refused, in whole or in part, on National Security Concerns, can apply for a decision on the disclosure of the information relied on in refusing their application.

Retired Judge John Hedigan will serve as the Member of the new Single Person Committee.

Reviews of the material upon which the decision to refuse to grant a certificate of naturalisation was made will only be carried out for decisions that took place after 30 September 2020. Read the full details of the notice here…

Notice | 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 the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Current Valid Immigration Permissions extended for one month and Temporary Closure of Registration Offices

18 August 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 and supplements the notice of 20th March, 13th May and the 16th July.

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 August 2020 and 20th September 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 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month. 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 notices of 20th March 2020, 13th May 2020 and 16th July 2020 which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 1 month.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay will close temporarily, to allow for revised public health guidance to be issued.  Appointments that have issued for 19th, 20th and 21st August will be rescheduled, and a further announcement in relation to the operation of the Registration Office will issue before the end of this week. 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 also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána will also close temporarily, to allow for revised public health guidance to be issued.  Appointments that have issued for 19th, 20th and 21st August will be rescheduled, and a further announcement in relation to the operation of the Registration Offices will issue before the end of this week.

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

Re-opening of Registration Offices outside of Dublin

17 July 2020

After being closed for over 3 months due to COVID-19 restrictions, Registration Offices outside Dublin are opening on a phased basis in line with the Government roadmap.  Email addresses for each registration office are provided for queries and the arranging of appointments.  Individuals wishing to register or renew should contact the Immigration Officer on the email address provided prior to attending at a Garda Station as individuals without an appointment will not be seenRead more here.

New COVID-19 measures for Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/7/2020 and 20/8/2020

16 July 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 and supplements the notice of 20th March and 13th May 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 20th July 2020 and 20th August 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 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month. 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 notices of 20th March and 13th May 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 1 month.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay will reopen on 20th July for first time registrations on an appointment only basis. All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system will be available for all applicants from 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have temporarily closed and applicants should check with their local office for details on reopening.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently 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.

Notice | Re-opening of Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin

07 July 2020

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced:

  1. A new online Registration Renewal System for non-nationals based in Dublin, and
  2. The reopening of the Registration Office in Burgh Quay on 20 July.

 

Reopening of Burgh Quay on 20 July

After being closed for over 3 months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay will reopen on 20th July in line with the Government roadmap.  Priority will be given initially to those who had their appointments for first time registrations cancelled when the office closed.

Applicants for first time registration who had their appointments previously cancelled will be contacted directly by Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) with a new appointment.  Anyone who did not previously have an appointment but needs to register should contact ISD at immigrationsupport@justice.ie and request an appointment.

 

New online Registration Renewal system – go live on 20 July

A new online Registration Renewal system for all non-nationals based in Dublin went live on 20th July.  This will mean anyone looking to renew their registration will no longer have to book an appointment and attend the registration office in person.  Information about the online Registration Renewal system

Applicants seeking to renew their permission will now complete the application form online https://inisonline.jahs.ie, upload copies of supporting documents online, pay the applicable fee and then submit their passport and current IRP card via registered post.  Documents will be checked and, if approved, the passport will be stamped and returned by registered post and an IRP card issued by express post.

 

Provision for those with an urgent need to travel

Between now and 20th July, the online system will be made available to those with an urgent need to travel and who require an IRP card before they travel.

 

Students

The online system was made available to students in the Dublin area on 22nd June 2020.  The system will continue to be available for students during this period and all students in the Dublin region are required to register.

Notice | Resumption of processing of re-entry visa applications

07 July 2020

Normal processing of re-entry visa applications will re-commence on 20th July 2020.

 

Facility for those with urgent travel needs.

In advance of re-commencing processing of all applications, and to facilitate applicants, the following procedure will apply for those with an urgent need to travel:

 

  1. If you had a valid IRP card, please submit any re-entry visa applications by Registered Post as normal.  All applications will be queued for processing. Due to the volume of applications expected, the processing time will be 15-20 working days. Please do not make travel arrangements until your documents have been returned.
  2. If you need to renew your Irish Residence Card (IRP) and are residing in Dublin you may now, in circumstances where there is a requirement for urgent travel, apply for renewal of your IRP card using the on-line registration system https://inisonline.jahs.ie.  Please also include with your postal submission for IRP renewal, any Re-entry Visa applications in respect of dependent children under the age of 16 and all supporting documentation (please note that a GP letter, rather than a school signature will suffice in respect of each child until further notice).  Application forms for Minor(s) & Stamp 6 permission holders can be found here - Re-Entry Visas.

Important: On the outside of the envelope, please write the Stamp number you are applying for plus Re-entry Visa.  Lack of clear indication may delay the processing of your application.

 

  1. If you need to renew your Irish Residence Card (IRP) and are residing outside Dublin you must continue to renew your IRP card through your local Registration Offices. To facilitate those needing to travel and reduce processing time, rather than requiring an IRP card we will accept evidence of your having applied for and renewed your registration.

 

**Please note that On-line Registration Renewals and Re-entry Visa Applications are strictly postal services only.  Due to ongoing covid-19 restrictions, staff will not deal directly with the public under any circumstances.**

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.

New Online Registration Renewal System for non-EEA students based in Dublin

23 June 2020

A new online Registration Renewal System for non-EEA national students based in Dublin was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, TD, on 22 June, 2020.

Students wishing to renew their registration will complete their renewal online without having to book an appointment or personally attend the registration office.  The service will be made available to all categories of non-EEA national students residing in the Dublin area, who are eligible for renewal of their permission to reside in Ireland.

Students seeking to renew their permission will now complete the application form online via the following link https://inisonline.jahs.ie, upload copies of supporting documents online, pay the applicable fee and then submit their passport and current IRP card via registered post.  Documents will be checked and, if approved, the passport will be stamped and returned by registered post and an IRP card issued by express post.

For further information, see www.inis.gov.ie

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 (immigrationsupport@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 immigrationsupport@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 | 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 | 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 (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 Divison 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...

Notice | 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.

*Please see updated notice of 25 June 2020.

Notice | 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 | 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:

  • Registration of immigration permissions at Burgh Quay will proceed as normal using a streamlined process designed to minimise the amount of time applicants need to spend in the office. In that regard, applicants must not bring family members or friends with them for registration, unless required to do so as part of the verification process, as this increases overall risks;
  • 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.

Statement | Department of Justice and Equality - Citizenship Ceremonies to proceed as planned

28 February 2020

The Department of Justice and Equality wishes to advise that the Citizenship ceremonies scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of March will proceed as planned.

Candidates will be notified by email or telephone today of the following:

Candidates and their guests who have returned from a COVID-19 affected region in the last 14 days or who have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, and have symptoms (a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever) should isolate themselves at home and phone their GP without delay, and are requested not to attend the ceremony.

The current list of COVID-19 affected regions is: Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran and 4 regions in Northern Italy: Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont

To help limit the inconvenience caused, applicants are advised that alternative ceremony will be held on or before the 17th of April. Candidates who are availing of the alternative ceremony are asked to notify Citizenship Division of the Department of Justice and Equality regarding their intentions on or before 29th February.

The notification process is as follows;

  • email  citizenshipinfo@justice.ie
  • The subject line should reference the following: Day, Time, Candidates invitation number  e.g. Monday 10.30am , 20A-43
  • Citizenship will contact you within 48 hours to confirm receipt of same
  • If you have not received a response from Citizenship within 48 Hours, please email again.


The Department will continue to monitor developments. In the meantime candidates are advised to visit https://www.irishimmigration.ie/citizenship/ for status updates.

Press Release | Statement by the Department of Justice and Equality Re: Coronavirus Outbreak in China

31 January 2020

The Department of Justice and Equality is currently examining the immigration position of Chinese nationals, currently in Ireland, who require an extension of their permission as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in China. The Department is liaising closely with the HSE and monitoring the ever-evolving situation and will, in relation to both visas and immigration permissions, adopt a pragmatic approach in relation to persons whose permissions are coming to an end.

Notice | Information Notice for non-EEA family members of British citizens who are residing in Ireland

31 January 2020 (Updated: 17 September 2020)

This communication is for the information of non-EU/EEA nationals who are residing in the State as family members of a British citizen. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union at midnight (CET) on 31 January 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement. This Agreement includes a transition period which is due to last until at least 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and its citizens, who can still benefit from the Freedom of Movement Directive i.e. the right of British EU citizens to live and work in the EU. This means that, until the transition period ends, non-EEA family members of a British EU citizen resident in Ireland are still subject to the provisions of the Free Movement Directive and the exercise of EU Treaty rights and entitlements.

From the end of the transition period, non-EEA family members of British citizens that are newly resident in Ireland will not come within the scope of the EU Free Movement Directive. A separate preclearance scheme will apply to such persons seeking to reside in the State, and they should be in possession of a valid travel document and, if required, an Irish entry visa or transit visa for the State.

Details of the preclearance scheme will be announced in the near future and made available on the Immigration Service Delivery website.

For queries on entitlements during the transition period, contact EU Treaty Rights Division by email at eutreatyrights@justice.ie.

Notice | Next Citizenship Ceremonies

14 January 2020

The next citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March, 2020, at the Killarney Convention Centre in Killarney, Co. Kerry. At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Given the volume of e-mails we are currently experiencing, Citizenship Division will not be in a position to respond to e-mail queries about an invitation to the next ceremony.

Invitations will issue in the coming weeks. Please do not contact us in this regard as we are not in a position to confirm invitation at this stage.

Read a longer description about what happens at a Citizenship Ceremony....

Notice | Citizenship Division web pages have migrated to a New Website

13 December 2019

The Citizenship Division web pages have migrated to a new website as part of service improvements by the Department of Justice and Equality. The new website address is https://www.irishimmigration.ie/citizenship/.

Contact

If you have questions, contact us.

Updated: 30 June 2021