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.
Update from Immigration Naturalisation Immigration Service:
On the 18th of September 2020, the Immigration Naturalisation Immigration Service (INIS), granted a blanket permission for residence permissions until 20th of January 2021. This covers those whose permission expire between the 20th of September to the 20th of January 2021 and those who previously expired from the 20th of March to the 20th of September 2020. The extension is based on the individual’s current residence permission. This blanket permission is very welcomed, especially due to long delays in renewal permissions nationwide. The permission covers those resident both inside and outside Ireland, who hold an Irish Residence Permission, valid from the 20th of March until the 20th of January 2021. From the statement it appears to be the ISD final blanket extension, for full details of announcement please see the following link:
http://www.inis.gov.ie/ (Notice 2 – 18th of September 2020).
Delays in processing of Irish Residence Permits:
• In Dublin, while the online Registration is very welcomed there are significant delays in processing of applications, currently taking 6 -7 weeks for passports to be returned, Irish Residence Permits will take an additional 1 -2 weeks from notification of return of passport to be received.
• Rest of Ireland (outside of Dublin) for renewals and first-time registrations, we are seeing long delays in obtaining appointments and responses with immigration officers, due to the extensive backlog. All immigration officers are now working through an appointment-based system by email and there are no walk-in appointments.
Atypical Working Scheme Applications Moved Online:
As of the 18th of September 2020, ATypical Working Scheme Applications have moved online along with payment and will no longer be accepting hardcopy applications. This implementation is a move to streamline the process and ensure transparency. For further details please see http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/immigration-updates#Atypical-onlineapplication-launch
Travel: As of the 21st of September, Ireland has changed the ‘green list’ countries to; Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland. Travellers from these countries do not have to restrict their movements on arrival in Ireland. The new ‘green list’ will be reviewed weekly until the EU-wide traffic system is ready. 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.