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Immigration and Visa applications

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Immigration and Visa applicationsWhether you are a current international student or starting a programme in Ireland in the 2020/21 academic year, you may be concerned about how to renew, extend or apply for an Irish Residence Permit. The information on this page explains how the Government of Ireland is providing Immigration Services currently.

Reopening Immigration Offices and Visa Centres

Unfortunately at this moment in time we simply do not know when the Burgh Quay office for Irish Residence Permit registration or visa application centres will re-open. Whilst we are keen for centres to re-open as soon as possible, local conditions and advice from the Government of Ireland, your own Governments and health authorities will dictate when this can safely happen.

Renewing an existing Irish Residence Permit

If you have an Irish Residence Permit, the Department of Justice and Equality has confirmed that everybody with valid immigration permissions which expire between 20th May 2020 and 20th July 2020 is automatically renewed for a period of 2 months. This renewal is on the same basis as existing permissions and the same conditions will continue to apply. You’ll find the latest Department of Justice updates here

Applying for a Stamp Visa 

If you are a student that has recently arrived to Ireland for the first time, you can now apply for your Stamp Visa electronically. You must scan copies of all your documentation and send to bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie. This is the email address for the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin. You can find out more about the application process here

What you can do before the visa application centres, Embassies and INIS re-open

We understand that the closure of these centres can cause delays and stress.  There are teams in place to deal with visa applications quickly and in the meantime, we would encourage you to have all the necessary documentation ready. Keep the University or College you are interested in attending or have already applied to up-to-date on your Visa status. The Irish Universities and Colleges will be as flexible as they possibly can be.

There are teams in place to deal with visa applications quickly and in the meantime, we would encourage you to have all the necessary documentation ready. Keep the University or College informed that you are still interested in attending. The Irish Universities and Colleges will be as flexible as they possibly can be.

How you can avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme (stay back option)

In light of the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary immigration arrangements are in place for all non-EEA nationals currently holding student permission (Stamp 2) who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme. This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 30 September 2020.

This notice sets out the updated immigration arrangements which apply to all non-EEA nationals currently holding student permission (Stamp 2), who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme, but are unable to report to their local registration office to receive a Stamp 1G due to either:

  • The temporary closure of the Registration Office in Dublin and local Registration Offices across the country,
    OR
  • They have returned to their home countries or countries of ordinary residence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than attending in person, as a temporary measure, applications may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (burghquayregoffice@justice.ie). All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application.

Where permission has been granted, applicants will still be required to register once the Registration Office and local Registration Offices reopen and, where applicable, the applicant has returned to Ireland.

All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply. Click here to find the latest information.