COVID-19: Temporary registration measure for non-EEA nationals

1 Jun 20

IRELAND

IMPACT – HIGH

What is the change? The Irish government has announced a temporary measure that allows non-EEA nationals who have entered Ireland, but have not yet attended their first registration appointment, to request a letter via email from the Registration Office, confirming their permission to remain in Ireland. The letter will serve as an Irish Residence Permit card.

Implementation time frame: This measure will remain in force until July 20.

Who is affected: Non-EEA nationals who have recently entered Ireland, have not registered with the immigration services and would fall into the permission categories in the table below:

Stamp Type Permission Type
Stamp 1 1.     Critical Skills Employment Permit

2.     General Employment Permit

3.     Hosting Agreements

Stamp 1A 1.     Trainee Accountants
Stamp 1G 1.     Spouse/partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit holder
Stamp 2 1.     Student
Stamp 4 1.     Spouse of an Irish National

2.     Family Reunification Beneficiaries

Next steps: Employers should inform any employees or potential employees who have not yet managed to register their status in Ireland that they should submit their applications, including electronic copies of all required documentation to the Burgh Quay Registration Office by email (bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie). If successful, they will receive a letter confirming their permission to remain in Ireland. Once the Registration Offices re-open, those who have availed themselves of this measure will still be required to attend an in-person appointment to complete their registration.

Additional information: Non-EEA nationals are provided with a temporary permission once they enter Ireland at the border, which is usually evidenced by a stamp in their passport. If they intend to remain in Ireland for longer than 90 days, the stamp states the period during which they must attend an in-person appointment to register their immigration permission. Because of COVID-19, non-EEA nationals have been unable to register their permission, as the Burgh Quay and local registration offices are closed. This has resulted in difficulties including the ability of visa-required nationals to depart and re-enter Ireland.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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