Ireland Begins Limited Resumption of Visa Services
On 21st March 2020, INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services) announced that it would no longer be accepting new visa applications in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Only emergency/priority cases continued throughout this period of suspension, including:
- Emergency visa (relevant to Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals)
- Immediate family members of Irish citizens who were returning to their ordinary place of residence in Ireland
- Those legally resident in Ireland
- Those entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive
- Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers
All other immigration services were restricted, which meant that new visa applications could not be processed.
However, as national lockdowns are gradually easing, the Department of Justice and Equality announced last week (22nd June) that it would be resuming limited visa services.
This news is welcomed however it must be made clear that only certain services are currently resuming.
The Department of Justice and Equality announced last week (22nd June) that it would be resuming limited visa services
This means that, for the time being, Short Stay ‘C’ Visas for non-essential travel will remain closed to the public.
Another important factor to note is that many countries and locations are still under travel restrictions, therefore the ability to apply is dependent on individual circumstances – such as current country of residence.
Reopening of Visa Application Centres
Along with the resumption of specific visa services (Long Stay Visa applications), seven overseas visa offices have reopened. These include visa offices in China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Depending on the current circumstances within each country, there may still be restrictions in place meaning applications will not yet be available. However, for those locations that no longer have restrictions in place, visa applications for Long Stay ‘D’ Visas can now be processed from these visa centres.
Seven overseas visa offices have reopened. These include visa offices in China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the United Kingdom.
What is a Long Stay ‘D’ Visa?
In Ireland, the Long Stay ‘D’ Visa is for those who wish to travel to and remain in Ireland for a period of over three months.
This includes those who wish to work, study, or join family members in the State.
If you would like to begin your Long Stay Visa application to reside in the Republic of Ireland, our immigration lawyers are here to assist.
IAS provides advice sessions and consultations via telephone, Skype and in person. Our immigration experts can similarly assist with visa renewals, switching visas and appeals.
Contact us today on (+353) 061 518 025 for more information.