The Immigration Service Delivery have issued a further notice with respect to Covid-19 Visa Arrangements as of the 6th of April 2021.  

It has been confirmed that the decision to temporarily cease accepting new Visa/Pre-Clearance applications has been further extended to at least the 5th of May 2021, and the situation will continue to be reviewed.

In relation to travel for “Imperative Family reasons” which is one of the exceptions on the Priority/Emergency category of applications which can be processed, the ISD have noted as follows:

“Applicants seeking to travel for imperative family reasons are assessed on an individual basis and are largely confined to emergency cases that may arise in a family situation but do not include the following: missing a loved one; wanting to attend a birth; or wanting to attend a wedding or a milestone birthday. Please note that this list of examples is not exhaustive and whether your application meets the criteria or not is determined by examining the circumstances and supporting documentation of each case on an individual basis.”

The immigration teams at Sinnott Solicitors Dublin and Cork offices have assisted a number of clients in recent weeks whose visas have been issued for “Imperative Family Reasons”. Each case is assessed on its own circumstances, but strong arguments can be made in many cases as to why the visas should be issued for “Imperative Family Reasons”.

In addition to this, we continue to accept instructions from applicants seeking to apply for visa’s to enter the State and we continue to encourage applicants to arrange all of their paperwork and submit the online forms so that they are ready to submit the hardcopy supporting documentation to the Visa office as soon as the restrictions have eased.

The full update issued by the Immigration Service Delivery is available to read here.

Sinnott Solicitors have a specialist team of Immigration Solicitors and Immigration Consultants located in our Dublin and Cork offices who are experts on all Irish immigration matters. Should you have any queries with respect to any of the information contained in this article or any other immigration matters, do not hesitate to contact our immigration department in Cork or Dublin today on 014062862 or