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January 04, 2020 -  Further Automatic Extension for Residence Imigration Permissions in Ireland

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What is the change?

The Irish government has announced that foreign nationals with valid immigration permission, which expires between 21st January 2021 and 20th April 2021 will be granted an automatic extension until 20th April 2021. In addition to this the Burgh Quay Registration Office will be will close from 24th December 2020, until further notice.

Key Points:

  • Implementation time frame: This change is set to take effect immediately. No further extensions are anticipated after 20th April 2021. The Burgh Quay Registration Office will be closed from 24th December 2020, until further notice. 
  • Who is affected: All foreign nationals residing in Ireland with valid immigration permission (based on employment, studies, dependant family, tourism etc) due to expire between 21st January and 20th April 2021 are now provided an automatic extension until 20th April 2021. Additionally any permission which was renewed by the five previous automatic extensions and as a result expires during the period of 21st January and 20th April 2021 is also automatically renewed by this notice.
  • Next steps: Employers should update their employees with upcoming Irish Residence Permit expiries.Any individuals who have First Time Registration appointments scheduled at the Burgh Quay Registration Office on or after 24th December 2020, should not attend their appointment. If the appointment falls during the office closures, then it will be prioritised for re-scheduling once the office re-opens. Any Individuals located in Dublin who need to renew their IRP permission can still do so using the online renewal platform. These applications will continue to be accepted during the closures. 

Analysis & Comments

The Irish government has made this decision as part of the response to COVID-19, in-line with recent restrictions.

In Ireland, all non-EEA nationals must apply for an employment permit to work. For certain nationalities, individuals 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 Permit is to be renewed in Ireland when appropriate by the non-EEA national.

This automatic extension comes after the previous five extensions that were implemented first, on 20th March 2020; second, on 13th May 2020; third, on 16th July 2020; fourth, on 20th August 2020; fifth, on 18th September 2020. Any permission that was renewed by these previous notices and now has a new expiry date between 21st January and 20th April 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th April 2021.

This measure has been introduced to allow foreign nationals additional time to renew their permissions prior to 20th April 2021. This ensures that employees retain their permission under the same conditions during this time. It is important to note that foreign nationals will not receive an updated permission as part of this announcement. If they wish to travel before renewing their residency permission, we would advise contacting our Deloitte immigration team in advance of departing Ireland.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only. This system has been available since 20 July 2020. Such applications will continue to be accepted during these closures.

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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