Although immigration offices have temporarily closed their doors across Ireland, it is important to note that immigration control located inside airports are continuing to operate as usual. This means that those who are seeking entry into Ireland or who are returning must have their appropriate visa and Employment Permit prepared and subsequent documents for inspection.
As the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown continues into yet another month, the Irish government has decided to suspend new visa applications. Overseas applicants may still apply for a visa online, but the process to obtain an Entry Visa may be delayed.
Those who are seeking entry into Ireland or who are returning must have their appropriate visa and Employment Permit prepared and subsequent documents for inspection
Only certain visa applications are currently being accepted, such as:
- Employment Permits and Entry Visas for healthcare professionals including staff, researchers and care workers
- Family members of Irish citizens (via the Join Family Member route) or immediate family members of people who are legally and long-term residents of Ireland
In addition, people who are successful in their Employment Permit application may not actually be able to enter the country due to travel restrictions. This is particularly pertinent if they originate from a country considered ‘high risk’ from the virus, such as China or Italy.
Overseas applicants may still apply for a visa online, but the process to obtain an Entry Visa may be delayed.
Those who are seeking to enter Ireland under A-typical Working permission may also face barriers. In the event that it expires before the permit holder is able to travel to Ireland, the applicant should write to the Minister of Justice and Equality in Ireland to seek an alternative. The Minister is likely to grant a second A-typical Working permit with new travel dates, but you should contact your prospective employer in Ireland to verify that the transfer is still feasible.
Anyone who does manage to enter Ireland should further self-isolate or a period of at least 14 days upon arrival.
However, as for those who are still in the State but whose visa expiry dates are edging nearer, applicants can breathe a sigh of relief that their visa and permit will be automatically extended for a further two months. This applies to foreign nationals whose immigration permission is due to expire before 20 May, or whose has already expired as of 20 March.
Other types of immigration permission, such as Irish Citizenship, are still going ahead as normal.
If you are concerned about your visa expiring or seeking entry into the State, don’t hesitate to contact the Immigration Advice Service. We are here to help you no matter your query. You should seek to maximise your chances of success to remain in Ireland by entrusting a trained pair of eyes to go over your application.
Contact us today on (+353) 061 518 025.