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Key Points
  • Ireland has introduced a new preclearance application process for certain schemes
  • Preclearance application forms will now be processed electronically
  • Changes apply to nationals who require visas and those who do not
  • Individuals must apply from outside Ireland and stay outside the country until their application is approved
  • Applications will be accepted under the current system through December 31, 2020

Preclearance procedures have changed for certain schemes. All preclearance application forms will now be moved to an online application system.

Who is Affected?

Preclearance procedures will change for several schemes, including:

  • Volunteer in Ireland
  • Minister of Religion
  • De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder (CSEP) or Hosting Agreement Holder (HA)
  • De Facto Partner of an Irish National
What are the Changes?

Preclearance application forms will be moved to an online application system called AVATS. Applicants will receive instructions on how to use the system and apply based on their scheme.

Application procedures vary for nationals who require visas and those who do not. Visa-required nationals will no longer have to apply for a preclearance letter. Instead, they only need to apply for a visa under the appropriate scheme. The visa will demonstrate the applicant’s reason for traveling to Ireland.

Individuals who do not need a visa must still apply for preclearance. Successful applicants will receive a preclearance letter approval, which must be presented to an Immigration Officer at a port of entry upon arrival.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Applications must be submitted from outside Ireland, and applicants must stay outside the country while their application is processed.

Looking Ahead

Applications will be accepted under the current procedures through December 31, 2020, to ensure that all applications submitted on or shortly before the new application procedures begin are processed.

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