Irish officials announced that certain individuals will be allowed to travel this holiday season on a recently expired Irish Residence Permit card, effective through Jan. 31, 2024.

Key Points:

  • To qualify, an application to renew the IRP card must have been submitted to Immigration Services Delivery prior to the card’s expiration date.
  • Irish officials issued a Travel Confirmation Notice, which allows carriers to travel on a recently expired IRP card.
  • The measure is intended to facilitate international travel during the holiday travel season for non-European Union/European Economic Area nationals who legally reside in Ireland.

Background: As BAL previously reported, Ireland’s Immigration Services Registration Office is experiencing a high volume of IRP card renewal applications and estimates the time to receive a new IRP card to be approximately six weeks.

BAL Analysis: According to the announcement, individuals should download and print the travel notice and present it, along with their expired IRP card and proof of their renewal application, to immigration authorities and airlines. Applications for renewals will continue to be processed as quickly as possible, but residents who intend to travel internationally this upcoming holiday season should submit their renewal applications and plan accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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