• Aaron Flynn

Cessation of visa processing extended to 5 April 2021

Immigration Service Delivery has announced that the cessation of visa processing announced on 27 January 2021 has been extended to 5 April 2021. Ireland remains in the highest level of lockdown (Level 5) until 5 April 2021 and this extension of cessation of visa processing appears to align with this.

Summary of measures announced on 27 January

  • Imposed new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa;

  • Temporary halting to accepting new visa/preclearance applications with the exception of the Priority/Emergency case types listed below:

  • transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting;

  • patients travelling for imperative medical reasons;

  • pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis and Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of 3rd level study;

  • persons travelling for imperative family or business reasons;

  • diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;

  • passengers in transit;

  • seafarers;

  • journalists, when performing their duties.


This extension will affect those with employment permit applications approved who have not yet travelled to Ireland and those who are presently submitting permits. These changing timeframes should be considered in the timing of filing of permits and also in relation to employees and Irish residents considering travelling outside of Ireland.

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