Covid-19 temporary measure allows certain change of immigration permission applications to be submitted electronically
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Irish government has announced that any non-EEA nationals who are eligible to change their permission may, under a temporary measure, apply electronically via email, rather than at an in-person appointment.
Implementation time frame: This measure takes effect from 27 April 2020 and will be in place until 20 May 2020.
Who is affected: Individuals whose permission is listed in column A who are eligible to switch to the corresponding permission in column B.
Also availing from this are employers wishing to hire those eligible below to undertake full time employment.
Next Steps: Employers should update any employees or potential employees who may be eligible to change their immigration permission. Eligible applicants should submit their applications, including electronic copies of all required documentation to the Burgh Quay Registration Office by email.
Successful applicants who are granted new permissions will still be required to register in person once the Registration Office and local Registration Offices reopen.
Analysis & Comments: Deloitte welcomes this temporary measure which allows eligible non EEA nationals to change their permission where appropriate, despite current Covid-19 restrictions. The change allows:
- Those who have completed the necessary amount of time working on their employment permits to change onto stamp 4 permission, meaning they may undertake full time employment in Ireland without the need for an employment permit.
- Students who wish to undertake full time employment in an eligible occupation to do so.
- Students who wish to undertake eligible full time accountancy training to do so.
- Spouses of CSEP holders to undertake full time employment without the need for an employment permit.
- Spouses of Irish nationals the right to avail of stamp 4 permission, meaning they may undertake full time employment in Ireland without the need for an employment permit.
Deloitte has extended their immigration services to assist employers and companies with this additional application.
Please note that separate arrangements are in place for applications for the Third Level Graduate Programme (Stamp 1G). Please see here for further details.
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.