This bulletin will update you on the current Immigration situation in Ireland as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you and your families are safe and well.
Department of Justice & Equality: New Details
The Department of Justice and Equality, through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have issued new details:
- A blanket permission for Irish Residence Permits, has been granted for all permission that expire from 20th of March until the 20th of July 2020.
- All permissions that are due to expire from 20th of May 2020 to 20th of July 2020 are automatically renewed for a two-month period from date of expiry. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions.
- All permission that had expired from 20th of March 2020 to the 20th of May have been renewed for an additional two months (so four months in total) from their date of expiry. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions.
- The Immigration offices remain closed and cannot be attended for any reason.
- No appointments can be made with any immigration officers.
- INIS are considering options for renewals but they have not been released at this time. If they are released CCR will update you accordingly.
- If recently arrived and have not registered your residence permission, the requirement to register is currently removed as all immigration offices are closed.
- All Irish embassies remained closed. Irish Visas can only be submitted in the case of emergencies.
- Re-entry visas for minors, office remains closed.
- Students who are on a stamp 2 and whose colleges are closed and meet the criteria can work 40 hours per week. Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Immigration-Service-Delivery-Covid-19_FAQ
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.
Travel into Ireland
Self-isolation came into effect on Friday, 24th April 2020 and the Irish Health authorities expect anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 day.
- Upon entry travellers will be provided with an information leaflet explaining what is expected and with a form to complete (Public Health Passenger Locator Form) stating where they will isolate (address). Passengers may be liable to spot checks by a health official during the two weeks.
- Forms will be made available by the airlines and ferry operators, by email and/or in hard copy, and will also be available at points of arrival.
- Further information can be found on the following websites:
- 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.