Ireland (June 08, 2021): COVID-19 - Visa processing resumes for all long stay and preclearance categories, inclusive of persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive

Impact – Medium

What is the change?

The Minister for Justice has now confirmed that they are accepting all long stay visa and preclearance applications, effective immediately, as well as applicants from persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive.

Key points:

  • Implementation time frame: The changes took effect from 01 June 2021.
  • Who is affected: Those who are entry visa required nationals and seeking to apply for an entry visa on the grounds of family reunification or employment in the State.
  • Next steps: Employers should update their employees who need to apply for an entry visa, as they may now be in a position to do so. Employers and employees should note that all COVID-19 restrictions and policies must be adhered to once an individual has secured their permission to enter Ireland.

Analysis & Comments:

Deloitte welcomes this announcement as it will allow for improved business continuity and the reunion of family members after extended periods away from one another.

The Irish government have made this recommendation in line with other countries working to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Employers and employees may wish to consider that there will likely be a back-log of visa applications for processing, and therefore processing times may increase.

If you have employees 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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