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Immigration - Frequently Asked Questions

Accepted Students

1. I’ve been offered a place on a course at Trinity College and have to apply for a Study Visa. Can I still send in my visa application?

As part of the combined efforts to tackle COVID-19 and to ensure customer safety, the Department of Justice have taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa applications. This was effective from close of business 20th of March 2020.

While it will still be possible to apply for an Irish visa online in the normal manner, these temporary measures mean that applicants will not be able to complete their application process. Please note that any application made online will remain valid until such time as restrictions are lifted.

The Department of Justice intend to resume accepting applications as soon as safety concerns have been eased.

If your application falls into one of these categories, you can apply on-line in the usual way. Once you’ve completed the on-line application, you should follow the instructions given on the summary page as to where you should submit your application. Updates will be posted here.

2. I’ve applied for and been granted my study visa for Ireland, but due to travel restrictions, I’m unable to travel and my entry visa will expire soon. Can my entry visa be extended, or will I have to submit a new visa application?

Students will have to submit a new visa application. Depending on the period of time that has passed and the circumstances of the particular case, The Visa Office may consider waiving the fee for the later application. Updates will be posted here.

Current Students

3. Is the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) office still open? Where can I find up to date immigration information for students?

In response to the current Covid-19 Health Emergency, the INIS/GNIB registration office has been closed as of Friday, 20th of March until further notice. This notice applies to the INIS registration office at Burgh Quay in Dublin, and all local GNIB Garda station offices. Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website. INIS have also developed more extensive FAQs which can be found here

INIS confirmed that Irish Residency permissions including student permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. Any permission which was renewed by the INIS notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is also automatically renewed by this notice for a further 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions are attached.

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

4. My immigration permission/Irish Residence Permit (IRP) is due to expire between 20 March – 20 July while the INIS office is closed. What can I do?

INIS confirmed that Irish Residency permissions including student permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. Any permission which was renewed by the INIS notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is also automatically renewed by this notice for a further 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions are attached.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

5. My immigration permission had been extended by a further 2 months as per the INIS notice/decision (see questions and answers above), has my IRP card also been extended?

No, the IRP card is a physical document certifying your registration and has not been extended. You can however rely on the notice and your expired IRP card to confirm your permission to remain in the State. When the Registration Office reopens, you will be required to register as usual.

6. My immigration permission expired before 20/3/2020, what can I do?

INIS will deal with applications for renewals of permissions expired before 20/3/2020 on a case by case basis. Please email burghquayregoffice@justice.ie and inform them of your situation.

INIS is in the process of identifying those non-EU residents whose permission had expired prior to 20 March and who had an appointment to renew their registration cancelled. Where considered appropriate, this group will be contacted directly and advised.

Similarly, for those whose permission has recently expired but who did not have a registration appointment, INIS will request further information and process accordingly.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

7. I have recently joined Trinity as a non-EU student in the last couple of months and have not yet registered with INIS. Is my landing stamp also extended?

Yes, the landing stamp on your passport is also automatically extended for a further two months in accordance to the notice above. You are to make an appointment as soon as the INIS registration offices re-open. If your stamp has expired, please email burghquayregoffice@justice.ie to alert them.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

8. Can I work during the college closure?

Yes, students on a valid IRP card are now permitted to work full time (40 hours per week), while colleges are closed due to Covid-19. This is the situation at present and if the number of hours changes, an update will be posted.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

9. Can I work during the college closure if I have a landing stamp and not a valid IRP?

No. To be permitted to work, students must have a valid Stamp 2 Irish Residence Permit (IRP).

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

10. I recently graduated and had an appointment for a Stamp 1G (Third level graduate scheme). Can I work full time until the INIS registration offices re-open and I can apply for the 1G?

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 a 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.

If you are on a valid stamp 2 IRP between 20 March and 20 July, it is automatically extended, you can work full time while colleges and the INIS office is closed.

If your stamp 2 permission expired before the 20 of March, this extension does not apply to you and you cannot work full time. You will have to make another appointment as soon as the INIS registration office re-opens. Please email burghquayregoffice@justice.ie to inform them of your situation.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

11. Can I travel out of Ireland on my automatically extended IRP even though my IRP may appear out of date?

As travel restrictions have been introduced in Ireland as well as various parts of the world in response to Covid-19, travel may not be possible at this time. It is not advised unless essential.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

12. I have returned back to my home country due to concerns of Covid-19. Can I re-enter the country even if I’ve been out of Ireland for more than 3 months due to Covid-19?

Yes, as long as students have a valid stamp 2 IRP on their return, and their reasons for leaving and returning were related to restrictions and measures due to COVID-19, they will be permitted to re-enter the country in September, even if they have been out of the State for longer than 3 months.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

13. I am currently back in my home country, and intend to return in September, but my current permission expires before then, what do I do?

Non-visa required students need to carry all relevant documents with them to pass through border control at Dublin Airport (including communication from Trinity informing students of the College closure, academic results, and a letter from the Academic Registry stating that they are a continuing student).

Visa-required students who have left the country with their Irish Residence Permit (IRP) expiring before their return (e.g. if they’ve been given permission until May) will have to re-apply for a visa to re-enter the country. You are to include in your application that you had been given incorrect duration of residence permission and have had to leave Ireland due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

14. I’m a final year Non-EU student, who has gone home for the rest of the semester due to the college closure, but I’d like to come back and apply for the stamp 1G or the Third level graduate scheme. Is this still possible?

Yes, you can still apply for the stamp 1G as long as you are still on a valid stamp 2 (valid IRP).

Please note that students can only apply for the stamp 1G after they receive their final results.

Rather than attending in person, as a temporary measure, the Department of justice have confirmed that 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 a 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.

We are awaiting confirmation in the case where students are no longer on a valid stamp 2/IRP.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

15. I’m a PhD student and have my family in Ireland with me, would the 2-month extension apply to my family as well?

If your permission is automatically extended as a result the INIS automatic extension for cards expiring 20 March-20 July, then the permissions of your children are also extended. This only applies if your children already have a permission based on your permission and are residing with you in the State.

Full updates and notices can be found on the INIS website

If you have additional questions, contact the Global Room team: tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie

16. What will happen at the end of this further two-month period (i.e. by 20 July 2020) regarding renewal of permissions?

If normal business has resumed by then, your permission to remain renewal application will be processed in the usual way and you will be issued with a written response. If, however, normal business has not resumed by the end of that period, a further extension of permission may have to be facilitated.

Once the Registration Office reopens it is intended to prioritise those seeking to register for the first time. Those who had appointments for 1st time registration cancelled, will have their appointments rescheduled automatically. Other appointments will be made available exclusively for other 1st time applicants.

The INIS website will be updated as necessary to reflect the latest information. Further updates can be found on the INIS website.