COVID-19 Immigration and Protection UPDATES
This page contains any COVID-19 related information or updates we receive about any changes to immigration or asylum procedures. The most recent Immigration Service Delivery (formerly known as INIS) updates can be found in their FAQ available here.
Update from Immigration Service Delivery [16 September 2020] - Further Temporary Extension of Immigration Permissions
A further temporary extension of immigration and international protection permissions has been granted until 20 January 2021. This applies to permissions that are due to expire between 20 September 2020 and 20 January 2021.
This includes people in Ireland on short stay visas and those whose permissions have already been extended by the previous notices issued on 20 March, 13 May and 16th July and 18 August 2020.
A list of the GNIB offices across the country and their opening dates are available here. There are long delays in getting appointments so we encourage people to make early contact with their local GNIB office to ensure they get an appointment before 20th January 2021.
There are separate registration arrangements for anyone living in Dublin. See https://inisonline.jahs.ie/user/login and the Immigration Service website for more details on how to register.
For more information see here
Immigration Residence Permit renewals - Update [01/12/2020]
From 2nd December 2020, when you renew your immigration registration you will no longer need to submit your passport to have an immigration stamp attached by the Registration Office unless you change or renew your passport.
If you are living outside of Dublin when you make appointment to attend your local Registration Office to renew your application, you will still need to bring your passport to verify your identity however it will not be stamped unless it is a new passport. If you have a new passport you should bring it to your registration office in person to have it stamped with your immigration permission.
If you live in Dublin, you can scan and upload a copy of your passport with your renewal application to the online system.
More information is available here.
Temporary Residence Cards [02/12/2020]
It is not possible to attend the International Protection Office in person to renew your Temporary Residence Card (TRC). If your TRC has expired or is due to expire within the next 3 weeks email the new form to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are eligible, a new TRC will be issued by post to the address on your file.
If you have changed address, please post the Change of Address form to the International Protection Office INIS, 79-83 Lower Mount Street Dublin 2.
The IPO have advised that it may take up to 10 working days to receive your Temporary Residence Card (TRC).
Update from the International Protection Office [02/12/2020]
From Wednesday 2 December 2020 the opening hours for Reception at the International Protection Office, Timberlay House, 79-83 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 are 12:30 to 15:00 Monday to Friday to receive new protection applications only.
Protection interviews have recommenced on 20 July 2020, starting with those whose interviews had been postponed. All applicants scheduled for interview will be written to individually with their new interview dates and these letters will contain details of the new safety procedures.
If you are feeling unwell or you have current medical advice to self-isolate or cocoon, you should not attend.
Applicants with outstanding IPO 2 questionnaires are asked to complete and return the questionnaire as soon as possible please. In light of the current circumstances, the IPO will accept electronically completed questionnaires from applicants once they are signed and submitted in hard copy