Irish Minister for Justice Grants Further Visa Extensions
Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic
With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to alter almost all aspects of life, those with temporary permission to reside in Ireland have weathered a unique storm.
Along with the stresses and uncertainties of the pandemic itself, migrants have been hit with the additional burden of ensuring they do not find themselves staying within the State illegally. This particularly applies to those whose immigration permission to remain was due to expire/has expired during the course of the pandemic.
Thankfully, when Covid-19 first hit Ireland, the Minister for Justice granted vast extensions to all Irish visas, protecting those with expired permission who were unable to leave the country.
On 16th July, INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) announced further extensions for those whose permission is due to expire
As a result of Coronavirus-induced travel restrictions across the globe, migrants have been heavily reliant upon government initiatives which have allowed for the automatic renewal of any potentially expired visas.
INIS announces further visa extensions for those with permission due to expire between 20th July & 20th August 2020
However, until last week, those with temporary permission were once again faced with uncertainty as the Minister’s automatically renewed visas were due to reach their expiry date.
Further extensions granted to Irish visa holders
On 16th July, INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) announced further extensions for those whose permission is due to expire.
Those whose current valid permission is due to expire between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 will have this automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month
With travel restrictions still in place for many countries, the Minister reassured migrants that those whose current valid permission is due to expire between 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020 will have this automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month.
This provides an extra safety net and prevents migrants from residing unlawfully within the State.
This includes those who have already had an automatic extension granted by the Minister.
It is crucial to note that the renewal of permission is on the same basis as the individual’s existing permission, therefore the same conditions apply.
If you remain uncertain of your right to reside in Ireland, or would like to enquire about renewing your permission, please contact our client care team on (+353) 061 518 025. Our immigration lawyers are here to assist with any of your immigration queries, whether these are related to Covid-19 or not. We can help with your application for Settled Status or Irish Citizenship if you wish to become a permanent resident of Ireland.