The Irish government recently announced an extension of immigration and international protection permissions.

Key Points:

  • The extension allows individuals who held valid permission to be in Ireland in March 2020 the ability to stay in the country until Jan. 15, 2022, even if their Irish Residence Permit card has expired.
  • The extension applies to:
    • Permissions that will expire between Sept. 21, 2021, and Jan. 15, 2022.
    • Foreign nationals whose permissions were extended under previous notices since March of 2020.
    • Permissions registered by the Immigration Service in Dublin and An Garda Síochána nationwide.
  • International students must still adhere to special arrangements, detailed here.

Additional Information: Individuals renewing their permissions are no longer required to submit their passport. More information regarding on registering for immigration permissions can be found here.

Currently, the public registration office in Burgh Quay is open for appointments and those in Dublin can renew their permissions online at this website. Information for all registration offices outside of Dublin can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The measure will provide foreign nationals additional time to renew their immigration permissions and ensures that employees will retain their permission under their current conditions until Jan. 15, 2022. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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