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Dublin Immigration Registration Office closure from 21 October 2020 for at least 6 weeks

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What is the change?

In line with recent Irish Government announcements, the ISD has announced that the Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin will temporarily close from 7pm on October 21, 2020 until at least December 02, 2020. This impacts all non-EEA nationals living in Dublin who need to register their permission in Ireland for the first time and receive their first IRP card. Outside of Dublin, in person appointments are required at the registration offices for all non-EEA nationals that need to register and renew their permission in Ireland. These regional offices currently remain open.

All non-EEA nationals should note that there has been an automatic extension announced, which covers all foreign nationals with valid immigration permission, extending that permission until January 20, 2021. This extension applies to all foreign nationals currently in Ireland with a valid IRP card, or dated passport entry stamp. This automatic extension covers permissions to reside in Ireland. It does not allow for travel in and out of Ireland.

Key points:

  • Implementation time frame: This change is set to take effect from 7pm on October 21, 2020.
  • Who is affected: All foreign nationals residing in Ireland with valid immigration permission (based on employment, studies, dependant family, tourism etc). All non-EEA nationals living in Dublin will not be able to register their initial permission, however for those already registered, they will be able to renew their permission on the online portal. All non-EEA nationals living outside of Dublin will be able to register or their initial permission through the local registration office.
  • Next steps: 
    • First time registrants in Dublin: All first-time registration appointments made after 7pm on October 21, 2020 will be cancelled, and re-scheduled once the Burgh Quay Registration Office re-opens. No appointments will be available for scheduling for the foreseeable future. As a result of this, non-EEA nationals who have not yet registered their initial permission in Ireland for the first time, may not receive their IRP cards until later in December 2020, or after. Visa required nationals should note that they cannot re-enter Ireland unless they hold a valid entry visa endorsement or a valid IRP card.
    • First time registrants in the rest of Ireland: All non-EEA nationals who reside in any county outside of Dublin will continue to be able to attend an appointment at their local Garda station/registration office.

Analysis & Comments:

The Irish government have made this decision as part of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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

This closure of the registration office in Dublin means that non-EEA nationals in Dublin will not be able to register until it re-opens. Regional registration offices (Galway, Limerick, Cork etc.) remain open at this time. We will further update if this changes.

For visa required nationals, it should be noted that a valid IRP card, or valid Irish entry visa endorsement will need to be held by the individual in order to enter Ireland. Employers and employees should bare this in mind when making plans to travel, particularly as the festive period approaches.

The automatic extension that was most recently announced, will cover residential permission in Ireland, it will not cover visa-required individuals for travel into Ireland. To enter Ireland valid, in date permission, must be held.

The closure of the offices should not affect employee’s permission to work in Ireland. However, it is likely to affect some employee’s rights to re-enter Ireland. Employers should check in with any employees who are working abroad, and who may wish to re-enter Ireland.

IRP renewals in Dublin: All non-EEA nationals who reside in county Dublin, and need to renew their IRP permission, may continue to do this using the online IRP renewal application portal. You can read more about this here.

IRP renewals outside of Dublin: All non-EEA nationals who reside in any county outside of Dublin will continue to be able to attend an appointment at their local Garda station/registration office.

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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