Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Questions (367)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

367. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a decision will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied). [8061/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that in light of the current uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, I have announced that immigration and international protection permissions, due to expire between 20 May 2020 and 20 July 2020, have been automatically extended for two months.

This includes permissions that have already been extended by the previous notice, which extended permissions due to expire between 20 March 2020 and 20 May 2020 and includes Labour Market Access Permissions as long as the person has not received a final decision on their protection application. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions are attached. Employers can be directed to the Immigration Service website (www.inis.gov.ie) for confirmation of this.

The Registration Office in Burgh Quay and all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána remain temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Consequently, the requirement to present at a registration office to register a new permission or renew a current permission is also temporarily suspended.

Since mid-March, all Temporary Residence Cards (TRCs) that were due to expire were automatically renewed for a further two month period. Following the announcement on 20 May, applicants whose TRC is due for renewal between 27 March and 20 July will have a new card automatically issued to them to cover them for the period. The International Protection Office will send the new TRC to applicants by post so there is no need to present to the office in person for the purposes of renewal. Anyone who has concerns about their replacement card should contact the IPO customer help desk at info@ipo.gov.ie.

Further updates will be provided on the Immigration Service website when available, and I would encourage the Deputy to view our updates on the Immigration Service website at:

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/COVID-19-updates-and-announcements.

A detailed Frequently Asked Questions document on the COVID-19 impact on immigration and international protection can also be found on the website. This document is regularly updated.