Department of Justice & Equality: New Details
The Department of Justice and Equality, through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have issued new details:
Entry Visas – The Department of Justice and Equality has started a limited resumption of visa services from Monday 22nd June. They will now be accepting Long Stay ‘D’ visa applications, including Study, as well as those identified under current criteria as Emergency/Priority visas. Short-stay visas for non-essential travel will not be issued.
There are still restrictions in place in many countries, so in locations where it remains impossible to resume, visa applications will be accepted 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.
Anecdotally, since re-opening, some Visa processing centres have introduced new local process modifications mainly to cope with backlog. While we are unable to summarise these, please be careful to watch out for them and to listen to local instructions carefully. CCR’s Immigration Team are happy to assist in clarifying any issues that may arise, alternatively you can check for updates at the relevant Irish Embassy/Mission website.
Irish Residence Permit (IRP) – After being closed for over 3 months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay, Dublin 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 email@example.com and request an appointment.
New online Registration Renewal system – A new online Registration Renewal system for all non-nationals based in Dublin will go 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.
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. 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. People with appointments that were cancelled due to Covid-19 will be contacted by the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) team to reschedule their appointments.
Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation (DBEI)
The DBEI continue with their implemented contingency plan to ensure the continued processing of employment permit applications and applications for Stamp 4 Support Letters. More details at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/COVID-19-Employment-Permits-System-ContingencyArrangements.html
- Issuing employment permits by the DBEI is now in PDF format.
- Stamp 4 applications are submitted through a dedicated email address
- Review of decisions by DBEI can be submitted by email.
- Confirmation that during the renewal process, an employee can work and reside in Ireland once an employment permit application has been submitted.
- Trusted partner applications, both first time and renewals, can be made online. Hard copy does not have to be submitted at this time.
- If employees are working from home, a notification to the DBEI is required.
- Prior to the granting of employment permits, relevant stakeholders will be contacted to see if they wish to proceed with the current application. Applicants can be held in queue, change their start date, or withdraw an application with a full refund.
- All medical applications for permits will continue to be processed as a priority, so some delays are inevitable, but we will keep our clients updated on the status of their cases.
Employment Permits – Employment permit applications are still being processed as normal. Current processing time at DBEI are as follows:
- Trusted Partner: 3-4 weeks
- Standard: 6-7 weeks
Travel into Ireland
Self-isolation came into effect on Friday, 24th April 2020. This will continue until July 20th when it is expected (but not yet confirmed) that the government will issue a ‘green list’ of countries from which arriving passengers will not be required to self-isolate.
For additional travel information:
- Should an arriving passenger believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, they should call the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) on 1850 24 1850.
- Should any of these issues impact our clients, our Immigration Consultants will update them individually.