The Irish Department of Justice & Equality has announced immediate changes to the current situation regarding the suspension of travel visas which has been in place since the 29th of January 2021.

These changes will effectively allow companies to resume the transfer of visa-requiring essential workers to Ireland.

The following has been announced:
The government has confirmed that they will add the following categories to the list of Priority/Emergency cases and resume processing of these categories immediately:
Long-stay Family Reunification including:
o All Long Stay D Visa family reunification applications for essential workers (including Third country national
family members of Irish nationals and persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive)
o Preclearance applications for: De Facto Partner of an Irish National; De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills
Employment Permit Holder, or of a non-EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and non-EEA Family
members looking to join a UK National in Ireland.
Long Stay ‘D’ Visa application will be accepted for people travelling for essential business or employment purposes
and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment

The following points are important:
• The Department will still not accept any short stay visa applications, except for cases that fall under the
Emergency/Priority criteria.
• The suspension of short stay and other long stay categories will remain under review by the relevant authorities.
Corporate Care will monitor developments carefully and immediately advise you of all relevant updates and changes.
• Applications that do not meet the Emergency/Priority criteria will not be processed/issued until such time as
restrictions have been lifted.
• All travellers will still be subject to any public health measures, such as mandatory hotel quarantine and restricted
movement.

Further information can be found here:
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visas-updates http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR21000129