INIS announce changes to immigration requirements over Christmas period (November 2021)     

Impact - Medium

What are the changes?

Individuals holding an Irish Residence Permit card that was in-date at the
beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, will now have its validity period
extended to 15 January  2022. They may use their current expired card to
enable them to depart from and return to Ireland in confidence over the Holiday period and until 15 January 2022.

Who is affected?

For individuals in the State benefitting from the extension of immigration permissions to 15 January 2022, and who intend travelling during this time with an expired Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card.

Implementation time frame:

Effective from 15 January 2022.

Next steps:

  • Anyone travelling during this time will be able to print a copy of a travel
    confirmation notice
    and display this with their existing, expired IRP card to show proof of residence when returning to Ireland before the 15 January 2022.
  • The re-entry requirements for children under the age of 16 have also been suspendeduntil 15 January 2022. 
  • The Department is engaging with airline carriers to notify them of this new arrangement and to ensure that the process runs smoothly. It can also be displayed as proof of residence for employment purposes or to access any State services and supports that people are ordinarily eligible for.
  • Further FAQs are available here.

Analysis & Comments:

Deloitte welcomes this announcement as it gives individuals greater flexibility to return home and/or travel over the festive period.

Deloitte encourages all individuals who avail of the above to ensure that they
have returned to Ireland before the 15 January 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Impacted employees will be kept informed of any changes.

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