The Immigration Service Delivery have issued a new notice regarding immigration permissions that are due to expire between the 10th of July 2020 and 20th of August 2020.

The Notice states that non-EU/EEA nationals who are present in the State with an immigration permission that is due to expire between the 20th of July 2020 and 20th of August 2020, will automatically have their permission to remain extended  by the Minister for Justice and Equality for a further one month period. This includes individuals who entered on Short Stay C visas.

The extension also applies to non-EU/EEA nationals who are residing in the State with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Immigration permissions which were previously extended by the notices of 20th March and 13th May 2020 with a new expiry date between the 20th July 2020 and 20th August 2020, are automatically renewed by the notice for a further 1 month.

International English language students can continue to work but must re-enrol in an online course to satisfy the conditions of their permissions.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau located in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 will reopen on 20th July for first time registrations on an appointment only basis. 

Renewals of immigration permissions for non-EU/EEA nationals resident in Dublin will be processed online as previously announced, and the system will be available for all applicants from 20 July 2020.

Non-Dublin based residents are directed to check with their local registration office for details on reopening.

The full notice can be found on the following link:

http://justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR20000145

The Notice is most welcome and will provide significant comfort to persons whose immigration permission is expiring between the relevant dates;  however, we would submit that an official announcement should  be made regarding the reopening of regional registration offices immediately. Applicants residing outside of Dublin, who are unable to access the online renewal system, are most concerned about their immigration status. The ISD are operating a two-tier system of immigration registration providing an online system for Dublin residents, but leaving residents outside of Dublin in a limbo situation awaiting further information. 

The Immigration Department of Sinnott Solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with all Irish immigration matters.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact our immigration team today on 0035314062862 or info@sinnott.ie.