The Irish government has announced that foreign nationals with valid immigration permission, which expires between July 20 and Aug. 20, will be granted an automatic one-month extension.

Key points:

  • This measure addresses the temporary closure of Irish immigration registration offices where foreign nationals would be required to register their immigration permission once in Ireland.
  • All foreign nationals residing in Ireland with valid immigration permission (based on employment, studies, dependant family, tourism etc.) due to expire between July 20 and Aug. 20 will receive an automatic one-month extension. Additionally any permission which was renewed by the two previous automatic extensions and, thus, expires during the period of July 20 and Aug. 20 is automatically renewed for a further one month.
  • Employers should notify their employees of upcoming Irish Residence Permit expiration. Employees based in Dublin should also be prepared to use the online IRP renewal platform announced on July 7. For more information, click here.

Additional information: This one-month automatic extension will allow individuals based in Dublin more time to use the online IRP renewal platform. Anyone whose IRP permission is due to expire in one month and who is based in Dublin may use the online IRP renewal service to review permission and apply for a new IRP card. This platform will be fully available for use after July 20. Individuals will need to be in Ireland to use this online renewal service. Individuals based outside of Dublin will be required to visit their local registration offices. We recommend they contact their local registration office regarding its reopening plans.

Analysis & Comments: The third automatic extension of immigration permission for a further one month is a welcome announcement as it provides certainty to employers and employees whose permission was due to expire. This ensures that employees retain their permission under the same conditions during this time. It is important that employers review their upcoming expiries and update the expiry date by a further month. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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