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Key Points

  • The Ministry for Justice and Ministry for State and Law Reform announced a final extension for immigration and international protection permissions that will expire January 15, 2022


A final temporary extension for immigration and international protection permissions has been made for individuals with permissions extended under previous notices. Under this new announcement, individuals will have until January 15, 2021, to renew or file for a new Irish Residence Permit via the Immigration Service in Dublin and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The final extension applies to individuals who:

  • Hold current valid permission or permission that has previously been extended (after March 2020);
  • Have been granted permission to land at a port of entry on the condition of registration at the Burgh Quay or a local registration office of the GNIB within 3 months of arriving but have yet to do so;
  • Hold short-term stay visas that have been granted permission to stay in Ireland for less than 3 months but may be unable to leave and return to their home country due to the ongoing pandemic.

The government also advised that third-level graduates, who were unable to secure work during the pandemic but hold a 1G permission apply to the Department of Justice for a 12-month extension of that permission.

What’s Changed?

Permissions had previously been extended from March 2020 and were due to expire between September 21, 2021, and January 15, 2022. Under this change, all individuals with valid immigration and international protection permissions will now have until January 15, 2022, to file for first-time permission or renew existing permission.

Looking Ahead

Individuals who need to renew or file for an Irish Residence Permit should begin their application at the earliest date possible in order to avoid last-minute high demand.

Sources: The Government of Ireland

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