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What is the change? In line with recent Irish Government announcements, Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) has announced that the Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin will temporarily close until at least Dec. 2.
What does the change mean? This impacts all non-EEA nationals living in Dublin who need to register their permission in Ireland for the first time and receive their first IRP card. Outside of Dublin, in person appointments are required at the registration offices for all non-EEA nationals that need to register and renew their permission in Ireland. These regional offices currently remain open.
Non-EEA nationals should note that an automatic extension has been announced that covers all foreign nationals with valid immigration permission, and extends that permission until Jan. 20, 2021. This extension applies to all foreign nationals currently in Ireland with a valid IRP card, or dated passport entry stamp. The extension covers permissions to reside in Ireland. It does not allow for travel in and out of Ireland
Additional Information: The Irish government have made this decision as part of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In Ireland, all non-EEA nationals must apply for an employment permit to work. Certain nationalities must then apply for an entry visa to enter Ireland to commence work. Once in Ireland, all non-EEA nationals must apply for an Irish residence permit to register their permission and reside. This Irish Residence Permission is to be renewed in Ireland when appropriate by the non-EEA national.
Analysis & Comments: The closure of the registration office in Dublin means that non-EEA nationals in Dublin will not be able to register until it re-opens. Regional registration offices (Galway, Limerick, Cork etc.) remain open at this time. We will provide further updates if this changes.
For visa-required nationals, it should be noted that a valid IRP card, or valid Irish entry visa endorsement will need to be held by the individual in order to enter Ireland. Employers and employees should bear this in mind when making plans to travel, particularly as the holiday period approaches.
The automatic extension that was most recently announced will cover residential permission in Ireland; it will not cover visa-required individuals for travel into Ireland. To enter Ireland, valid, in-date permission, must be held.
The closure of the offices should not affect employee’s permission to work in Ireland. However, it is likely to affect some employee’s rights to re-enter Ireland. Employers should check in with any employees who are working abroad and who may wish to re-enter Ireland.
All non-EEA nationals who reside in county Dublin, and need to renew their IRP permission, may continue to do this using the online IRP renewal application portal. You can read more about this here.
All non-EEA nationals who reside in any county outside of Dublin will continue to be able to attend an appointment at their local Garda station/registration office.
If you have employees or potential new hires who may be impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist. We continue to update our FAQ for employers found here.
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