12 February 2021


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

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.

January 18th, 2021

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced that a temporary system is in place that will enable citizenship applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty to the state. This signed statutory declaration replaces the requirement for citizenship applicants to attend citizenship ceremonies, which have been temporarily suspended during COVID-19.

22 December 2020

Notice 6 | Minister announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions and the closure of the Burgh Quay Registration Office from the 23 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.

Latest updates and developments in respect to Employment Permits

8 December 2020

Important notice regarding the printing of employment permits

In advance of reading this notice please be assured that the contingency arrangements (link at bottom of notice) introduced by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment back in March 2020 will continue in full for the foreseeable future and the Department will continue to issue the electronic version of the employment permit to employees/employers/agents. There is no change to this current process.  

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