This is the latest in a series of Immigration updates regularly published by CCR. Recent updates have focused on Immigration updates in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Irish Residence Permissions:
The Immigration Naturalisation Immigration Service (INIS), on the 22nd of December, granted a blanket permission for residence permissions until 20th of April 2021. This covers those whose permission expire between the 21st of January 2021 and the 20th of April 2021 and also those which previously expired from the 20th of March 2020 to the 20th of January 2021. The extension is based on the Permit Holder’s current residence permission. This blanket permission is very welcome, as delays continue to be felt throughout the Residence Permission Registration process especially outside of Dublin. The permission covers both those residents in Ireland and outside, who hold an Irish Residence Permission, valid from the 20th of March 2020 until the 20th of April 2021. For full details of announcement please see:http://www.inis.gov.ie/ (Notice 2, 22nd of December 2020).
Closure of Dublin Burgh Quay Office
The Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) will be closing their Burgh Quay Dublin office from the 23rd of December for 1st time registrations in line with the Government Roadmap and change in restrictions expected from December 24th 2020.
Following the identification of a new strain of COVID-19 in the South-East of England, the Irish Government has announced a ban on all flights arriving into Ireland from Great Britain with effect from midnight on Sunday, 20th December 2020. People in Britain, regardless of nationality, should not travel to Ireland, by air or by sea. Airlines have been advised of the ban.
Ferry crossings between Ireland and Great Britain can continue in order to keep essential supply chains moving between countries. Please see link for further details: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/
The Irish Government continues to advise against non-essential travel for all countries not on the green list. In discussing this with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Corporate Care Relocation have been advised that ‘non-essential’ travel principally refers to vacations only. Business travel and moving to Ireland for the purposes of work are not deemed to be ‘non-essential’ but restriction of movement within 14 days of arrival is recommended by health officials.