This information is available on inisgov.ie please check regularly for updates

Notice 1 | 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;
  • Persons legally resident in the State;
  • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive.

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.

 

Notice 2 | 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 3 | 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 to 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.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has made arrangements with An Post that post offices are to hold social welfare payments for an extended period. 

All post office payments will be available for collection for 90 days after they are first due for collection. 

This measure means that our customers can schedule their post office visits and is in line with arrangements made by the department to promote social distancing.

This is an uncertain time for us all. Many people working in sectors like care, fishing, retail, hospitality, construction and agriculture are worried about losing their jobs and income, and having access to healthcare due to COVID-19. 

We are working hard to make sure no-one is left behind in responses to the Coronavirus.

Through our work, the state is responding to the needs of migrant workers. 

  • International Students and undocumented migrants are now eligible for the COVID19 Payment if they lose their jobs and have a PPSN.  
  • Undocumented migrants can also apply for Supplementary Welfare Allowance, if they have no PPSN and have lost their jobs
  • We have confirmed with the Department of Justice that there will be no data sharing between Government departments on undocumented migrants 
  • We have also confirmed that a person's immigration status will not be affected if they apply for social welfare payments at this time

We are delivering our services virtually and if you, or anyone you know, have questions we are taking calls and answering emails. 

Rest assured we have your backs. We’ll get through this together! ❤️

Keep safe everyone,

Edel + the MRCI team 
 

We are here to help.

You can call us Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on 01-8897670.

You can also contact our caseworkers on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and through https://www.mrci.ie/contact-us

Looking After Our Mental Health

 Social connectedness has never been so important to ensure everyone stays well psychologically – a challenge when we have to stay apart. However, there are creative ways that will hopefully help. Please see attached some information from the World Health Organisation and also from the HSE Heads of Psychology. You can also find some information here: www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

www.connectingforlifemidwest.ie

The first port of call if someone is experiencing distress or suicidal thoughts is still the GP.

 

Provision of National Services

Please see below re the status of provision of services from the national Connecting for Life partners: 

www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/supports-and-services-during-covid-19.html

Video: Connecting for Life Mid West Video

Website: www.connectingforlifeirelandmidwest.ie

Find out more about mental wellbeing on www.yourmentalhealth.ie  or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear and for 24/7 emotional support.

Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus

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