COVID-19 Immigration and Protection UPDATES
Renewing your Irish Residence Permission
All local registration offices (GNIB offices) as well as the office in Burgh Quay are closed until further notice.
If your residence permission expires between 20th March and 20th July, it is automatically renewed for a further two months. You do not need to take any action at this time to register this permission. This will also apply to any children that are linked to your permission.
Omar's residence permission expired on the 24th March. The notice issued by the Department of Justice on the 20th March meant that the permission was extended until the 24th May. The notice issued by the Department of Justice on the 13th May means that the permission has now been extended for a further two months and will not expire until 24th July.
The terms and conditions of your residence permission remain the same. No fees apply to the renewal of your permission.
What if my residence permission expired before 20th March but I hadn't been able to renew it before the Covid 19 restrictions were introduced?
Your residence permission was not automatically renewed by this notice. The Department of Justice is dealing with applications for renewal of permissions that expired before the 20th March on a case-by-case basis. If you have an urgent query, please contact the relevant Unit or Division via email with your Person ID and Application Number.
I was unable to register for the first time because of the closure of GNIB offices however I need proof of my permission to remain for a potential employer.
If you have a current and valid permission to remain in the State (for example: you entered on a 'D' visa and would have been entitled to register for an Irish Residence Permit directly) and do not have a permission letter, you may apply to the Registration Office for a letter confirming the conditions of your permission to remain in the State.
I'm turning 16 and I would normally be required to register for the first time.
If you have a current permission then the two-month extension period outlined in both the initial Notice and Supplementary Notice of 13th May applies.
Once Burgh Quay and the local registrations offices open, you will be able to register.
International Protection Applicants
International Protection Office
The Reception at the International Protection Office premises at Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 will be open from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday for new applicants.
The following arrangements will apply with immediate effect.
- All substantive interviews have been postponed until further notice.
- Temporary Residence Certificate (TRC) renewal appointments and call-backs are being suspended until 1 May 2020.
- If your TRC was due for renewal between 27 March and 20 July, a new card will be issued to you automatically.
Applicants who are impacted by these arrangements are requested not to visit the International Protection Office until further notice.
Change of address
If you have recently been transferred to another direct provision centre or change your address you do need to let the International Protection Office know. As an exceptional measure you can inform them via email email@example.com
The International Protection Office recommends you complete the change of address form and return it via email.
Labour Market Access
If your Labour Market Access Permission expires between 20th March and 20 July it is renewed for a further two months unless you have received a final decision on your application for international protection.
If you wish to apply for a Labour Market Access Permission for the first time, you will need to make an application for a first time permit. You can find more information about this process and the forms here.
International Protection Appeals Tribunal
All hearings currently scheduled up to and including 26 May 2020 are postponed until further notice. Staff at the Tribunal are working remotely so you are requested to contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org rather than by post.
Students are now permitted to work 40 hours per week while the colleges are closed. You will still be required to complete your course online if this is provided by your college.
If you have lost your employment because of Covid 19, you will be able to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment payment.