Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (626)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

626. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of visa applications processed in each processing office in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6680/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There are currently seven overseas Visa Offices in addition to the Visa Office in Dublin. These are located in Abuja, Beijing, London, Moscow, Ankara, Abu Dhabi and New Delhi. Additionally, the Department of Foreign Affairs processes certain visa applications in Irish Embassies abroad under delegated sanction from my Department.

The tables below set out the number of visa applications processed or decided in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the figures for 2020 and to date in 2021, reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for and processing of visa applications. Most recently, as part of ongoing Government efforts to tackle the pandemic, new visa requirements have been introduced for passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. The Order and the associated measures came into effect at midnight on 27 January 2021.

The Immigration Service of my Department has also temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications, with effect from close of business on 29 January 2021. It is intended to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns abate. Certain Priority/Emergency cases will continue to be processed and these include the following:

- Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers as well as seasonal workers as referred to in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during the COVID-19 outbreak;

- 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.

If an application falls into one of these categories, an application can be made online in the usual way.

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Applications processed per location (2019)

Office

Total Decided

Abu Dhabi

11034

Abuja

6616

Addis Ababa

339

Amman

318

Ankara

5991

Athens

511

Bangkok

1527

Beijing

18305

Belgrade

1494

Berlin

2071

Berne

641

Boston

355

Brasilia

45

Bratislava

38

Brussels

425

Bucharest

1075

Budapest

110

Buenos Aires

316

Cairo

1422

Canberra

529

Chicago

642

Copenhagen

344

Dar-es-Salaam

214

Freetown

124

Hanoi

973

Helsinki

156

INIS Dublin

1359

Jakarta

2954

Kampala

459

Karachi

3086

Kiev

4744

Kuala Lumpur

151

Lilongwe

231

Lisbon

170

Ljubljana

362

London

9723

Lusaka

315

Luxembourg

107

Madrid

536

Manila

3535

Maputo

97

Mexico

1895

Monrovia

5

Moscow

19008

Nairobi

640

New Delhi

29718

New York

1338

Nicosia

91

Oslo

201

Ottawa

546

Paris

1141

Prague

235

Pretoria

1258

Riga

372

Riyadh

4487

Rome

600

San Francisco

1505

Seoul

39

Shanghai

1829

Singapore

712

Sofia

768

Stockholm

209

Tallinn

114

Tehran

501

Tel Aviv

218

The Hague

870

Tokyo

131

Valletta

48

Vienna

325

Vilnius

59

Warsaw

301

Washington

374

Zagreb

36

Total

153,018

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Applications processed per location (2020)

Office

Total Decided

Abu Dhabi

3048

Abuja

2016

Addis Ababa

48

Amman

55

Ankara

1780

Athens

99

Bangkok

331

Beijing

3477

Belgrade

362

Berlin

453

Berne

136

Bogota

13

Boston

85

Brasilia

18

Bratislava

8

Brussels

117

Bucharest

280

Budapest

30

Buenos Aires

37

Cairo

453

Canberra

109

Chicago

142

Copenhagen

67

Dar-es-Salaam

86

Freetown

33

Hanoi

340

Helsinki

30

INIS Dublin

672

Jakarta

434

Kampala

135

Karachi

1291

Kiev

1159

Kuala Lumpur

55

Lilongwe

47

Lisbon

50

Ljubljana

121

London

2337

Lusaka

111

Luxembourg

26

Madrid

106

Manila

1118

Maputo

33

Mexico

199

Moscow

3408

Nairobi

179

New Delhi

12344

New York

249

Nicosia

10

Oslo

54

Ottawa

81

Paris

293

Prague

62

Pretoria

446

Riga

95

Riyadh

1261

Rome

169

San Francisco

291

Seoul

15

Shanghai

80

Singapore

210

Sofia

106

Stockholm

57

Tallinn

23

Tehran

172

Tel Aviv

63

The Hague

224

Tokyo

41

Valletta

65

Vienna

63

Vilnius

11

Warsaw

98

Washington

79

Zagreb

7

Total

41,803

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Applications processed per location (2021)

Office

Total Decided

Abu Dhabi

154

Abuja

95

Addis Ababa

2

Amman

2

Ankara

47

Athens

9

Bangkok

9

Beijing

74

Belgrade

20

Berlin

11

Berne

1

Boston

3

Bratislava

1

Bucharest

4

Budapest

1

Buenos Aires

2

Cairo

6

Canberra

2

Chicago

5

Dar-es-Salaam

1

Freetown

3

Hanoi

22

Helsinki

1

INIS Dublin

31

Jakarta

7

Kampala

6

Karachi

129

Kiev

32

Kuala Lumpur

1

Lilongwe

1

Lisbon

1

Ljubljana

2

London

43

Lusaka

14

Manila

86

Mexico

1

Moscow

25

Nairobi

15

New Delhi

1022

New York

7

Nicosia

1

Oslo

1

Ottawa

1

Paris

5

Prague

1

Pretoria

52

Riga

2

Riyadh

83

Rome

4

San Francisco

5

Singapore

15

Sofia

7

Stockholm

1

Tallinn

1

Tehran

8

Tel Aviv

1

The Hague

1

Tokyo

2

Valletta

2

Vienna

1

Warsaw

7

Washington

2

Zagreb

1

Total

2,102