Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Questions (668)

Holly Cairns


668. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice if she will provide an update on automatic renewal of immigration permissions which are due to expire; her plans to deal with the 8 to 12 week waiting for appointments in areas outside of Dublin; her plans for the individuals that will be left without permission due to waiting times; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25195/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As I announced on 18 September 2020, a further temporary extension of immigration and international protection permissions has been granted to 20 January 2021. This applies to permissions that are due to expire between 20 September 2020 and 20 January 2021 and to the same 3 primary categories of persons as before:

1. Those who are renewing their permission;

2. Those awaiting a first registration; and

3. Those in the country on a short stay visa who are unable to return home due to uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

This provides certainty to anyone who already holds a valid permission that their legal status in this country is maintained until 20 January 2021. Renewal is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions will continue to apply.

The extension provides the necessary time to make arrangements with the Immigration Service in Dublin or An Garda Síochána outside Dublin to ensure that registrations are renewed in the normal way by that date. I encourage people to do so at the earliest opportunity and not to wait until January to do so.

All renewals in the Dublin area are being processed online only since 20 July 2020, at: https://inisonline.jahs.ie. Renewals outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network. Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.