Covid-19 Updates: No New Irish Visa Applications in Two Months
The current rules around Irish immigration law have not changed in spite of the easing of lockdown measures in Ireland. At the time of writing, no new visa applications have been accepted since 20th March.
The Department of Justice explained that it is still possible to apply for an Irish visa online in the normal manner, but that applicants will not be able to complete the application process. However, the application “will remain valid until such time as restrictions are lifted”.
These general guidelines are still in place in Ireland. This means that if you plan to visit Ireland or relocate to the State for whatever reason, you can still begin the application process now.
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Are There Any Exceptions?
In spite of the current circumstances, exceptions have been made for “priority/emergency” cases. In such cases, immigration applications will be processed in the standard way.
Some of those who might be included as priority/emergency cases includes health researchers, elderly care professionals and immediate family members of Irish citizens who are returning to the State.
Other people whose cases might be classed as priority include diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers.
Also, in certain instances where the local embassy has not been able to process visa applications because of local restrictions, applications can be accepted in Dublin.
Leo Varadkar announced last week that it could take months for normality to return to Ireland. [Image: IrishMirror]
Resumption of Accepting Applications Soon
The Department of Justice & Equality stated that “it is intended to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate”.
The department also noted that the current measures implemented by the government to combat the transmission of Covid-19 means that travel to Ireland may not be possible and that even if it was possible, it is not advisable unless absolutely essential.
The situation will continue to be reviewed and appropriate action will be taken to resume normal visa processing duties once Irish authorities deem it safe to do so.
What Does This Mean for my Immigration Application?
Immigration applications typically consist of different stages, the first of which is the online application. You can still complete the online part of an immigration application, but INIS will not consider your application at the current time if you submit it to them.
That being said, it is still possible, and recommended, to compile your required documentation together for your immigration application. You could then submit your immigration application to INIS or submit it once normal visa applications services resume.
If you would like any further information or help with your immigration application, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help. Our immigration law specialists can assist with all forms of Irish immigration including short-term visas, employment permits and EU law as it relates to Ireland.
Call us now on (+353) 061 518 025 to speak with a member of our team.