• Aaron Flynn

Further extension to immigration permissions announced

As expected the Minister for Justice has today announced a further temporary extension of immigration permissions in Ireland. See below for details and for other important immigration related updates.

Temporary extension of immigration permissions

Minister McEntee has announced further temporary extension of immigration permissions as follows:

  • For permissions due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021

  • Applies to people with permission extended under previous notices

  • For permissions registered by the Immigration Service and An Garda Síochána

This will alleviate the inevitable problems that will arise for those seeking to renew permissions where immigration offices are closed. It is likely this extension will provide flexibility in relation to extending lockdowns in Ireland if this is required.

Mandatory hotel quarantine

The Irish Government has announced that all passengers arriving into Ireland from designated States after 4am on the morning of Friday, 26 March are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.

Passengers must complete a mandatory hotel quarantine if they come from any country deemed 'high risk'.

This includes:

  • if you have been in a 'high risk' country at any time in the 14 days before you arrive in Ireland;

  • if you have travelled through an airport or port in a 'high risk' country.

Anyone arriving overland into Ireland from Northern Ireland who has been in or through a designated country in the previous 14 days is responsible for making their own way to their pre-booked designated quarantine hotel within 4 hours. Please note that the UK also has mandatory hotel quarantine requirements which the traveller may have been required to fulfil before arriving into Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Reservations are completed here.

Reduction in residency requirement for children born in Ireland to acquire Citizenship

Minister McEntee has also announced that she intends to introduce legislation to make it easier for children born here, whose parents are not Irish citizens and who are not entitled to citizenship at birth, to gain Irish citizenship themselves.

Presently a child born here who is not entitled to citizenship because their parents are not Irish citizens, or because they do not meet a three year residency requirement prior to the birth, needs to be resident for four of the previous eight years before they can become citizens. This is in addition to the requirement to have one year’s continuous residence in the State prior to the date of their application.

The amount of time such children have to be resident in the State to become Irish citizens will be reduced from from five years to three years. The number of years a minor must be resident in Ireland will now be two years out of the previous eight, in addition to the requirement to have one year’s continuous residence immediately prior to their citizenship application.

This will facilitate families applying for children born here and is to be welcomed as it should ease difficulties where children do not qualify to apply for naturalisation where parents do.

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