• Visa applications will now be accepted for essential family reunification
  • Applications also accepted from people who have been granted an employment permit and are travelling for essential business or employment purposes

20 May 2021

The Minister for Justice, Heather Humphreys TD, and the Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, have today announced that two new categories have been added to the priority/emergency list of visas being processed at this time.

Visa applications will now be accepted from people who are seeking to join their family members in Ireland, and from those who are travelling for essential business or employment purposes and have been issued with an employment permit by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Announcing the changes, Minister Humphreys said,

“Throughout the pandemic, measures on travel taken by the Government have sought to balance the urgent need to protect public health with the need to facilitate essential travel and to sustain connectivity into and out of Ireland. We remain fully supportive of the general policy against non-essential travel.

“However, we also recognise that the travel restrictions have been difficult for everyone involved, and we are now making some small adjustments to support essential family reunification and essential business needs.”

“From today, we will resume processing all Long Stay ‘D’ Visa join family applications and preclearance applications, including for De Facto Partners of Irish Nationals, and Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders. I know that this news will come as a welcome relief to the families who will benefit from these new arrangements”.

“There is welcome news too for businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Applications will also be accepted from people who have been granted an employment permit and are travelling for essential business or employment purposes.”

Outlining the new arrangements for employment permit holders, Minister Browne said,

“Expanding the priority categories to include people granted employment permits by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment gives a key signal to employers that Ireland remains open for business. 

“As we begin to reopen our economy, it is more important than ever that we support business endeavours. As Minister of State for Immigration, I want to ensure that we are playing our part in achieving this.

“These measures were introduced on public health grounds for the safety of all. However, I fully appreciate how difficult it is to be separated from family or loved ones at this time, and I hope that today’s announcement will bring comfort and relief to those who have been affected.”

The decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications, with the exception of priority or emergency applications, applies to all countries and has been in place since 29 January 2021. No short stay visa applications are currently being accepted, except for cases that fall under the Emergency/Priority criteria.

All travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with the public health measures required by law, including completing a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form, pre-arrival PCR test and quarantine in a designated facility or at home, as appropriate. 

The situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks.

 

10 May 2021

Please see FAQs from ISD which may also apply to international protection applicants during this time, and can be found here

In light of the current Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions announced by Government, the International Protection Office (IPO) wishes to advise that the following arrangements will apply:

  • Opening Hours: Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 will be open between 09:00 and 13:00 by appointment and from 13:30 to 16:00 for walk-in service, Monday to Friday.
  • Protection Interviews:  Substantive interviews are resuming by video conference only until further notice in line with Government guidelines and public health advice.  The IPO will contact applicants when their interviews are scheduled.  Updates will continue to be posted on this site.
  • IPO2 Questionnaires:  Applicants with outstanding IPO 2 questionnaires are asked to complete and return the questionnaire as soon as possible please.  In light of the current circumstances, the IPO will accept electronically completed questionnaires from applicants once they are signed and submitted in hard copy.
  • Temporary Residence Certificates (TRC):  Information on TRC renewals can be viewed here.

The International Protection Office continues to deal with correspondence received but due, to ongoing public health measures, may not be in a position to respond within normal timeframes.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

 

From Department of Justice 

Published on 6 May 2021

  • appointments for first time registrations will recommence
  • initial appointments will be for customers who had previous appointments cancelled
  • new Customer Service Helpdesk recently launched

The Minister of State for Law Reform and Immigration, James Browne, TD, has today announced that the Immigration Service’s Registration Office in Burgh Quay will reopen for customers living in the Dublin area on Monday 10 May. The reopening is in line with the new public health measures in the government’s Resilience and Recovery Plan for Living with COVID-19.

Making the announcement, Minister Browne said:

"The COVID-19 restrictions have been difficult for everyone in the country, including our migrant communities. I am delighted to confirm that the reopening of the Public Office means that first-time registrations can take place again from Monday.

"We will be prioritising our customers who had their appointments cancelled when the Office closed in December under Level 5 restrictions and we will contact them directly over the coming days to arrange their new appointment dates.

"All other first time registrations will be carried out by appointment only and the online appointments system is also now open to accept bookings."

First time registrations cannot be done online because the person needs to have their photograph and their fingerprints taken during the registration process. Members of the public who need to register an immigration permission for the first time can book an appointment online from today, Thursday 6 May at https://burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie.

While waiting to register in the Dublin area, customers are covered by the extension of immigration permissions to 20 September 2021. This means that all those legally in the State in March 2020 when the pandemic began can remain in the State until 20 September.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.

Customers in the Dublin area who want to renew their immigration permissions can continue to do so online at https://inisonline.jahs.ie.

A new Customer Service Helpdesk for the Registration Office was also recently launched. This will allow for better management of customer queries and deliver faster response times. Customer queries on registering a permission, renewing a permission and re-entry visas can now be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further details can be found on the Immigration Service website www.inis.gov.ie along with a Frequently Asked Questions document.

 

26 March 2021

  • For permissions due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021
  • Applies to people with permission extended under previous notices
  • For permissions registered by the Immigration Service and An Garda Síochána


The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, T.D., has today announced a further temporary extension of immigration and international protection permissions to 20 September 2021. This applies to permissions that are due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021 and includes permissions that have already been extended by the previous 6 temporary extensions.

Announcing the measure, Minister McEntee said:

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, I want to reassure people whose immigration permissions are due to expire shortly that your legal status in the country will continue to be maintained. To do this, I am introducing a further automatic extension to 20 September 2021 for anyone already holding a valid permission.

“This extension will benefit those who cannot get an appointment to register or renew an existing permission. However, I encourage anyone who can renew, particularly Dublin-based customers who can use the online system, to do so and not to wait until September.

“It is intended this will be the final temporary extension of immigration permission, however we will continue to keep the situation under review as part of our national response to the pandemic.”

12 February 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Please see FAQs from ISD which may also apply to international protection applicants during this time, and can be found
here.

In light of the current Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions announced by Government on 30 December 2020, the International Protection Office (IPO) wishes to advise that the following arrangements will apply:

  • Opening Hours: Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 will be open between 10:00 to 14:00 Monday to Friday to receive new protection applications only.
  • Protection Interviews:  In line with Government guidelines, substantive interviews are postponed in line with public health advice until further notice.  Applicants scheduled for interview will be contacted by the IPO about their interviews.  Interviews will resume when public health advice confirms that it is safe to do so.  Updates will also be posted on this site.
  • IPO2 Questionnaires:  Applicants with outstanding IPO 2 questionnaires are asked to complete and return the questionnaire as soon as possible please.  In light of the current circumstances, the IPO will accept electronically completed questionnaires from applicants once they are signed and submitted in hard copy.
  • Temporary Residence Certificates (TRC):  Information on TRC renewals can be viewed here.

The International Protection Office continues to deal with correspondence received but, due to ongoing public health measures, may not be in a position to respond within normal timeframes.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

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